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Roe-Hoan Yoon

Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon, NAE

University Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST)
146 Holden Hall (0258)
445 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-4179
E-mail: ryoon@vt.edu

Short Narrative

Roe-Hoan Yoon is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. He earned his B.S. degree from Seoul National University (1967) and his M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees from McGill University. He worked as a Research Scientist at the Canada Center for Minerals and Energy Technology (CANMET) from 1976 to1978 and joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in January, 1979. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST).

Early in his career, his research focus was on fine particle separation, which led to the development of the Microcel flotation column, which is widely used in industry today, and also on the electrochemistry of sulfide minerals.  During the last 20 years, Dr. Yoon has been focusing on the study of hydrophobic interactions, which has led to the development of new flotation reagents, dewatering aids, a first-principle flotation model, and new separation processes. These research activities have resulted in over 320 technical publications, 13 book chapters, 1 book, more than 40 plenary and keynote papers at national and international meetings, and a number of Congressional testimonies. He has advised 38 Ph.D. students, 34 M.S. students, and more than 40 post doctorial fellows and visiting scholars. To date he has 57 U.S. and international patents to his credit, many of which have been commercialized through license agreements. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has won numerous awards, including the Gaudin Award (2003) and the Richards Award (2007).

Academic Rank

  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Nicholas T. Camicia Professor

Affiliation

  • Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0258
  • Phone:   540-231-7056
    Fax:       540-231-3948
    e-mail:    ryoon@vt.edu

Education

  • 1967 B.Eng., Mining Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 1971 M.Sc., Metallurgical Engineering (Dean's Honors List), McGill University, Canada
  • 1977 Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering (Dean's Honors List), McGill University, Canada

Positions Held

  • 2010- University Distinguished Professor
  • 2010- Consortium Area Lead, NETL-Regional University Alliance
  • 2001- Director, Center for Advanced Separation Technologies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1988-01 Director, Center for Coal and Minerals Processing, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • 1985- Nicholas T. Camicia Professor of Mineral Engineering, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1984- Professor, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • 1983 Visiting Research Fellow, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 1980 Oak Ridge Summer Faculty, U.S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, Coal Preparation Division, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1979-84 Associate Professor, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • 1976-79 Research Scientist, Canada Center for Minerals and Energy Technology (CANMET), Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1968-76 Teaching Assistant, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1967-68 Research Engineer, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., AIME
  • American Chemical Society, Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division
  • The Research Society of Resources Processing, Japan
  • National Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member, Korea

Editorial Board Membership for Scholarly Journals and Proceedings

  • Centenary of Flotation Symposium, Proceedings, AusIMM, 2005
  • Coal Preparation, An International Journal, Editorial Board (current) 
  • Fifth International Conference on Processing and Utilization of High-Sulfur Coals, Advisory Board, Lexington, Kentucky. October 25-28, 1993) 
  • Fourth International Conference on Processing and Utilization of High-Sulfur Coals, Advisory Board, Idaho Falls, Idaho, August 26-30, 1991.
  • Third International Conference on Processing and Utilization of High-Sulfur Coals, Advisory Board, Ames, Iowa, November 14-16, 1989.
  • Colloids and Surfaces, Guest Editor (1982)
  • International Journal of Mineral Processing, Guest Editor (1982)
  • International Journal of Mineral Processing, Editorial Board (past)
  • Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Editorial Board (past) 

Committee Membership

  • Member of the Advisory Board for the 2014 International Mineral Processing Congress, Santiago, Chile
  • Richards Award Committee, Member, SME/AIME, 2008
  • International Seminar on Mineral Processing Technology, Advisory Board, Bombay India, February, 2007
  • Eastern Coal Council, Member, 2003-
  • Centenary Flotation Symposium, International Organizing Committee, Co-Chair, 2002-5
  • Research Council, SME/AIME, Member, 2003-
  • A.M. Gaudin Award Committee, Member, SME/AIME, 2004-
  • Committee on Coal Fines Impoundment, National Research Council, 2001
  • Committee on Technologies for the Mining Industries, National Research Council, Consultant, 2000
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate Committee, Virginia Tech, Member 1999.
  • Search Committee, Dean of the College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Member, 1993.
  • Materials Engineering Science Administrative Board, Virginia Tech, Member 1993.
  • Honorifics Committee, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Member 1987-92.
  • Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Chair, 1990.
  • Book Publishing Committee, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division, AIME, Member 1990.
  • Program Committee, Powder Science and Technology Division, Fine Particle Society, Member 1988.
  • Executive Committee, International Symposium-Workshop on Particulate and Multi-Phase Processes, Miami Beach, Florida, April, 1985, Member.
  • Young Engineer Award Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Member 1986.
  • Technical Papers Subcommittee, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division, AIME, Member 1986-89.
  • Taggart Award Committee, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division, AIME, Member 1985-87; Chair 1988-89.
  • Student Member Affairs Committee, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division, AIME, Member 1988-92.
  • Papers and Publications Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Chairman 1986.
  • General Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Member 1986.
  • Fundamentals Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Member 1981-83; Vice Chair 1984.
  • Executive Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Member 1987.
  • Education Committee, Mineral Processing Division, AIME, Member 1983-84; Chairman 1985-86.

  Honors & Awards

  • Symposium Honoring Roe-Hoan Yoon, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 2010
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2008
  • Richards Award, Society of Mining Engineers, 2007
  • Honorary Professorship, Central South University of China, 2005
  • Research Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech (2003)
  • Antoine M. Gaudin Award, Society of Mining Engineers of SME (2003)
  • Distinguished Member Award, Society of Mining Engineers of AIME (2002)
  • Alumni Award, College of Engineering, Seoul National University (2001)
  • Distinguished Member, SME, 2000
  • Honorary Professorship, North-East University, China, 1992
  • Academy of Engineering of Korea, Member, 1999-
  • Alumni Award for Research Excellence, 1995
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Department, 1982
  • National Research Council Fellowship, 1971-76

Summary of Accomplishments

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