Know Your Researcher, Alton Grabsch, CSIRO, Project 1.1
Alton Grabsch, CSIRO, Project 1.1
Alton was born and bred in Perth. He obtained a BSc (Hons) from Curtin University in Chemistry and has worked in diverse environments, from pharmaceutical plants to mine sites. He currently works at CSIRO Mineral Resources at Waterford, with a focus on flocculation to enhance solid/liquid separation. Alton has over a decade of experience in this area and particularly enjoys problem-solving for clients.
Alton’s involvement in the DET CRC began soon after its first year, extending his experience in mineral processing to improving the efficiency of solids removal from drilling fluids. He has been part of a dozen site trials, including helping the team improve recycled water quality to a level required for hammer drilling during the recent MSDP RoXplorer® field trial.
Out of the lab and office, Alton loves spending time with his family and travelling.
Alton says, “The DET CRC has given me exposure to exploration drilling and a chance to collaborate with researchers in very different fields. I’ve met some fantastic people and I always love a good site trip (especially those great German meals and beers in Hahndorf!). I think the real success of the DET CRC has been in bringing together researchers who otherwise might never have crossed paths.”