Having graduated with a B. Sc. degree in physics and chemistry from Durham University, UK, Dr. Robinson received a Master’s degree in Electrochemistry and completed his PhD thesis at the University of Newcastle in the field of zinc oxide photoconductivity.
Management and leadership of a number of research teams, primarily concerned with the development of applications for zinc oxide and improvement to the production process.
Held a number of executive positions in R and D, plant operations, sales and marketing in European and North American companies producing zinc oxide, including Durham Chemicals, Pigment & Chemical Inc., PASCO Zinc Products. He has worked on numerous projects in North and South America, Asia and Europe.
Dr. Robinson has also been a speaker at many conferences and is an internationally recognized expert in zinc chemical technology
He worked extensively on processing options for the conversion of secondary and scrap zinc sources into high quality zinc oxide and a range of other zinc chemicals. IRM has been heavily involved in nano-zinc oxide production challenges and downstream uses.
Dr. Robinson formed Integrated Resource Management Inc (IRM) in 1991. IRM is a global consultancy company, providing technical and economic advice to owners and opersators of zinc chemical production facilities. IRM is happy to work with investors, both active in or new to the zinc oxide industry.
IRM provides expert process and detailed chemical advice to assess and benchmark new and existing processes. As a component of the feasibility IRM will identify technical challenges that may be associated with the process ans potential improvenents.
This service is available for both nonferrous and ferrous processes and is not restricted to the processing of zinc, although in this work there may be a strong zinc component to the project.
Developed a new process to manufacture photoconductive zinc oxide pigments for which sales were established to the European Paper Industry. The process was also licensed in Canada, Brazil and Mexico and the products were the major profit earner for Durham Chemicals for several years.
Developed new processes for the manufacture of high grade zinc oxide products from secondary zinc materials.
Designed and operated new high efficiency furnaces for zinc oxide production.
Improved Pigment and ChemicalÕs North American market position in zinc products from eighth to second by reduction in manufacturing costs and the development of new grades. Annual sales were increased from U.S$6million to over U.S.$50million.
Instrumental in forming the first natural gas buying group in Canada after deregulation. This enabled Pigment and Chemical to purchase gas direct from the well head at a much lower cost.
Developed a comprehensive program to address W.H.M.I.S. (right to know) legislation for all of Pigment and Chemicals distributed products.
Responsible for the successful handling of major spills of hazardous products being delivered to Pigment and Chemical. Conducted Emergency Response seminars for hazardous goods shipments in the Saint Laurence Seaway.
Made several presentations at International conferences serving the Metals, Paint and Paper Industries.
Hold several patents in the area of recovery of metals from wastes and by-products.
Developed a new commercial process for the recovery of steel, zinc, iron, lead and cadmium from electric arc furnace dust, a high volume Steel Industry waste.
Worked extensively in Europe and North America and also successfully completed projects in Asia and South America. Familiar with the Zinc and Zinc Chemical Industries on a world-wide basis.
Completed diverse projects related to zinc chemical technology, for example zinc oxide plant upgrades and new plant design, nanosize zinc oxide, development of zinc based fertilizers, evaluation of the secondary Zinc and Lead Industries in India, Zinc/air fuel cell characterization and the development of novel rubber compounds.
Dr. Robinson is the holder of several patents related to the manufacture and recovery of metal based chemicals and pigments. Recent patents available for viewing at www.uspto.gov include:
Problem: The Indian government ban on the import of process waste in line with the Basel convention had the unintended consequence of putting regulated waste processing companies in financial jeopardy.
IRM provided assistance regarding the scope and applicability of the Basel Convention on the import and export of metallic waste, identifying the problem as a political and not a technical problem.
Waste flow management by the Indian government has since been implemented forcing recycling companies to operate with government approval and the situation has improved.
Problem: Formulation problems due to quality variations in the zinc oxide pigment.
The feasibility for the construction of a zinc oxide facility was prepared, addressing the issues of product consistency and reliable supply, with the option to expand future operations. The technical and financial cases were presented to an investment grade standard.
Location: IZA, USA
Problem: Research had shown that ZnO can be used to enhance the placement and physical properties of construction concrete. The problem was how this new knowledge could be implemented in the construction industry.
Dr Robinson lead a team from IZA tasked with making the construction industry aware of the new research and finding ways and applications where this technology could be effectively applied. This project is on-going and may prove to have a major impact on zinc oxide demand.
Problem: High energy cost of zinc oxide production.
Leader of a joint project with BURNS, with the objective of achieving a significant improvement of the production energy cost. Other goals were:
- Efficient use of secondary zinc as feed material
- Controlability of zinc oxide properties
- High production rate
- Low crucible cost & low down time
- Maximizing production yields.
“Dr. Robinson has been a key member of the BURNS team working on the development of high efficiency French Process ZnO equipment.
On a number of occasions, we have asked Dr. Robinson to provide impartial advice about the feasibility of various projects that have been under consideration. BURNS has been happy to support this work with its own resources.
BURNS has enjoyed a long relationship with IRM and Dr. Robinson over the years, and will continue to benefit from his vast experience.”
- A. H. Burns, President BURNS ENERGY SYSTEMS.