Dr David Sydney Wong

PhD (Chemical & Materials Engineering)

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A chemical / materials engineer who has worked in the field of aluminium smelting technology & research for more than a decade, particularly in environmental management. Focus of past work includes: perfluorocarbon (PFC) greenhouse gas emissions, fluoride emissions (HF gaseous and particulate) and total particulate emissions from aluminium smelters. Other interests include advanced process control, advanced sensors, data analytics & visualisation and complex smelting bath chemistries. He has managed projects in Europe, China, Russia, North America and Australia. 

Research | Current

Current research activities include

  • Non-Accounted Perfluorocarbon (PFC) Greenhouse Gases in Aluminium Smelting
  • Total Particulates & Fluoride Emissions from Aluminium Smelting
  • Advanced Process Control for Aluminium Smelting
  • Sensor Development for Aluminium Reduction Cells
  • Complex Bath Chemistries in Smelting, involving LiF, KF, MgF2 modifiers

PhD Research, completed in 2013:

  • Sources of Potroom Dust Emissions from Aluminium Smelters

Teaching | Current

  • 2014-2015 - Co-lecturer for CHEMMAT212 - Energy & Processing (Chemical Thermodynamics) in Dept of Chemical & Materials Engineering


  • 2017-Current - Lead Author for the IPCC's "2019 Refinements to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories" for accounting GHGs from Aluminium and Rare Earth Industries (Volume 3, Industrial Processes & Product Use, Chapter 4: Metal Industry Emissions)
  • 2015 - JOM Best Paper Award for Light Metals Division, awarded by TMS 
  • 2014 - TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award (Light Metals Division)
  • 2008-2012 - Recipient of a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship 
  • 2005 - A L Titchener Prize & Annual Prize in Chemical & Materials Engineering


Project Manager at the Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC), University of Auckland, responsible for:

  • Implementation of Smelter Based Projects & LMRC Technologies
  • Industry Based Research Programmes
  • Industry Based Training

Areas of expertise

Primary Aluminium Smelting, including:

  1. Management & Control of Environmental Emissions - Dust & Particulates, HF & Fluorides, PFC Greenhouse Gases
  2. Advanced Process Control - LMRC's Generation 3 Control, SPC
  3. Sensor Development & Signal Detection
  4. Complex Bath Chemistries & Smelting Electrolytes
  5. Operational Best Practices

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • CASANZ (Clean Air Society of Australia & NZ) - Member
  • TMS (The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society) - Member
  • IChemE - Associate Member


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wong, D. S., Fraser, P., Lavoie, P., & Kim, J. (2015). PFC Emissions from Detected Versus Nondetected Anode Effects in the Aluminum Industry. JOM, 67 (2), 342-353. 10.1007/s11837-014-1265-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pascal Lavoie

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 4, Room 414
New Zealand

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