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Dr Ataollah (Ata) Nosrati


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2735, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO5.224
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2735
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO5.224  


Ata is a Lecturer in Engineering within the School of Engineering.

Current Teaching

  • ENS2115/ENS6166 Process Engineering Fundamentals
  • ENS5556 Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ENS5166 Process Design
  • ENS5161 Environmental and Process Risk Management


Ata is a chemical engineer and metallurgist with over 15 years of industrial and academic research experience in chemical engineering, materials science and mineral processing. During the last 10 years, he has been involved in multiple applied and fundamental project activities at Edith Cowan University and University of South Australia all with problem solving and process optimization nature.

Ata is passionate about training high quality chemical engineers and research scientists through teaching and supervision of undergraduate and HDR students and also strives for novel and multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with different industry and academic partners

Research Areas and Interests

  • Materials Science: Synthesis of new materials (e.g., polymers, chemicals, additives) using Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD)
  • Mineral Processing: Leaching/dissolution of mineral ores; Agglomeration; Dewatering; Acidic mine water neutralization
  • Rheology: Rheological characterization of complex fluids and materials
  • Water purification: Design and development of hybrid adsorbents for selective and clean recovery of metals from solutions
  • Separation Science: Development of novel and cost-effective separation processes for different industrial or medical applications (e.g., solvent extraction, gravity separation, cell isolation)
  • Nanofluids: Development of stable nanofluids with enhanced properties for different applications


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2011.
  • Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation, University of South Australia, 2010.


Recent Research Grants

  • Nano-particles for fines fixation and pore enlargement to EOR prospects,  The Higher Education Commission,Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  HEC Scholarship,  2017 - 2021,  $76,000.
  • Development of an environmentally friendly and cost-effective adsorbent for arsenic removal from contaminated water/wastewater,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $30,000.
  • Synthesis of superior and cost-effective nanofiltration membranes using vortex fluidic device,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $22,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Nosrati, A., Larsson, ML., Linden, JB., Zihao, Z., Addai-Mensah, J., Nydenb, M., (2017), Polyethyleneimine functionalized mesoporous diatomite particles for selective copper recovery from aqueous media. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 166(n/a), 29?36, DOI:
  • Maccarthy, J., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2016), Atmospheric acid leaching mechanisms and kinetics and rheological studies of a low grade saprolitic nickel laterite ore. Hydrometallurgy, 160(2016), 26-37, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2015.11.004.
  • Lo, A., Nosrati, A., Addai-Mensah, J., (2016), Particle and pore dynamics under column leaching of goethitic and saprolitic nickel laterite agglomerates. Advanced Powder Technology, 27(6), 2370?2376, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apt.2016.11.009.
  • Joseph-Soly, S., Nosrati, A., Addai-Mensah, J., (2016), Improved dewatering of nickel laterite ore slurries using superabsorbent polymers. Advanced Powder Technology, 27(6), 2308?2316, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apt.2016.07.010.
  • Linden, JB., Mikael Larsson, M., Kaur, S., Nosrati, A., Nyden, M., (2016), Glutaraldehyde-crosslinking for improved copper absorption selectivity and chemical stability of polyethyleneimine coatings. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133(37), Article 43954, 12p., John Wiley & Sons Inc, DOI: 10.1002/app.43954.
  • Maccarthy, J., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2015), Acid leaching and rheological behaviour of a siliceous goethitic nickel laterite ore: Influence of particle size and temperature. Minerals Engineering, 77(2015), 52-63, Oxford, United Kingdom, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2014.12.031.
  • Maccarthy, J., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2015), Effect of mineralogy and temperature on atmospheric acid leaching and rheological behaviour of model oxide and clay mineral dispersions. Powder Technology, 286(2015), 420-430, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.07.013.
  • Quaicoe, I., Nosrati, A., Addai-Mensah, J., (2015), Influence of binder composition on hematite-rich mixed minerals agglomeration behaviour and product properties. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 97(2015), 45-56, London, UK, Institution of Chemical Engineers, DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2015.02.021.
  • Harris, A., Nosrati, A., Addai-Mensah, J., (2015), The effect of clay type and dispersion conditions on electroosmotic consolidation behaviour of model kaolinite and Na-exchanged smectite pulps. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 101(2015), 56-64, London, UK, Institution of Chemical Engineers, DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2015.04.001.
  • Maccarthy, J., Addai-Mensah, J., Nosrati, A., (2014), Atmospheric acid leaching of siliceous goethitic Ni laterite ore: Effect of solid loading and temperature. Minerals Engineering, 69(2014), 154-164, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2014.08.005.
  • Nosrati, A., Quast, K., Xu, D., Skinner, W., Robinson, DJ., Addai-Mensah, J., (2014), Agglomeration and column leaching behaviour of nickel laterite ores: Effect of ore mineralogy and particle size distribution. Hydrometallurgy, 146(May 2014), 29-39, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2014.03.004.
  • Quaicoe, I., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2014), Agglomeration and column leaching behaviour of goethitic and saprolitic nickel laterite ores. Minerals Engineering, 65(15 October 2014), 1-8, Oxford, United Kingdom, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2014.04.001.
  • Quaicoe, I., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2014), Single and mixed oxide and clay particle agglomeration: Influence of feed mineralogy and percent drum volume loading. Powder Technology, 253(February), 568-579, Switzerland, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2013.12.019.
  • Maccarthy, J., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2014), Dissolution and rheological behaviour of hematite and quartz particles in aqueous media at pH 1. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 92(11), 2509-2522, Institution of Chemical Engineers, DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2014.02.020.
  • Addai-Mensah, J., Quaicoe, I., Nosrati, A., Robinson, DJ., (2013), Understanding Lateritic Ore Agglomeration Behaviour as a Precursor to Enhanced Heap Leaching. Ghana Mining Journal, 14(June), 41-50.
  • Quast, K., Xu, D., Skinner, W., Nosrati, A., Hilder, T., Robinson, DJ., Addai-Mensah, J., (2013), Column leaching of nickel laterite agglomerates: Effect of feed size. Hydrometallurgy, 134-135(n/a), 144-149, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2013.02.001.
  • Quaicoe, I., Nosrati, A., Skinner, W., Addai-Mensah, J., (2013), Agglomeration behaviour and product structure of clay and oxide minerals. Chemical Engineering Science, 98(19 July 2013), 40-50, Oxford, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.03.034.
  • Nosrati, A., Robinson, DJ., Addai-Mensah, J., (2013), Establishing nickel laterite agglomerate structure and properties for enhanced heap leaching. Hydrometallurgy, 134-135(2013), 66-73, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2013.01.019.

Conference Publications

  • Welham, NJ., Nosrati, A., Setoudeh, N., (2017), Lithium Ore Processing ? an Overview of the Current and New Processes. MetPlant 2017 Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies ? World?s Best Practice, 185-194.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor Of Philosophy: Improving The Processability Of Complex Low Grade Nickel Laterite Dispersions
  • Doctor Of Philosophy: Lateritic Mineral Ores Agglomeration And Leaching Behaviour
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