Leon Prentice

Leon Prentice

  • Position Committee Member and Subject Area Lead for Resources and Manufacturing


Leon currently works as Research Program Director of CSIRO Metal Industries, part of Australia’s national research agency. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (BEng (Chem,Hons); BSc) and as a postgraduate at Melbourne, Strathclyde, and UNSW. His career to date has focused on metal reduction R&D and biomaterials; the latter was the topic of his PhD.

He joined CSIRO in 2007, and has worked on leading research into novel light metals reduction technologies (magnesium, titanium), and in Program management. He has previously served on the IChemE in Australia Board and chaired Engineers Australia’s Chemical College Board.

Election statement

I strongly believe in the intersection of academia and industry, applying fundamental research to real-world problems, and bringing the solutions to practical commercial reality. This connection is one I will seek to bring more to IChemE. I also bring a strong mining, metallurgy, and materials focus, particularly in light, reactive, and high-performance materials; I think these are increasingly areas of critical focus for chemical engineers in the 21st century. I’m also passionate about process safety and hazard management (particularly in research and scale-up), environmental sustainability, digital/computational literacy, and governance and ethics in engineering leadership.

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