Dr Erich Koenigsberger
MSc Graz, PhD Graz, Univ.-Doz. Leoben

Senior Lecturer

About me

Since I joined Murdoch University in 2001, my research has centred on solution chemistry and hydrometallurgy within the Parker Centre, the School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Information Technology, where I currently hold a Senior Lecturer position in Chemistry and Mineral Science. I am particularly interested in the development of physicochemical property models with industrial and medical applications. I have developed a thermodynamic model for Bayer liquors in collaboration with the alumina industry through AMIRA and ARC Linkage projects. I have also been a Chief Investigator in ARC- and industry-sponsored projects on various kinetic, thermodynamic and environmental aspects of the Bayer process, on the solution chemistry of titanium, and on solubility phenomena in the leaching of copper sulfide ores. Other recent research interests lie in the geochemistry and hydrometallurgy of arsenic, the general application of computer models to extractive metallurgy, and the measurement and modelling of biomineral solubilities related to urolithiasis (kidney stone formation).

Before 2001, I was Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Leoben, where my research focused on industrial, geochemical, environmental and medical applications of physicochemical models and measurements. I am well known internationally for solubility studies on minerals and biomaterials, and for developing computer software and thermodynamic models describing the fundamental chemistry of the substances involved.

Over my academic career, I have mentored a significant number of postgraduate students and taught Physical Chemistry with applications to metallurgy, mineral science and biology at all levels. My research has been published in the international literature in almost 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters. I have co-edited three books and have been invited to present keynote lectures at conferences and universities on five continents. I have also served on Editorial Boards of international scientific journals and on the IUPAC Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data for many years.

Teaching area

  • OSCI18 – Fundamentals of Chemistry (OUA)
  • CHE145 – Introduction to Chemical Concepts
  • CHE202 – Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE312 – Materials Chemistry
  • CHE306 – Advanced Projects in Chemistry and Mineral Science
  • ENG527 – Extractive Metallurgy I
  • OEXM527 – Extractive Metallurgy I (OUA)

Research areas

  • Solubility phenomena – measurement and modelling
  • Physicochemical properties of electrolyte solutions
  • Computer modelling and databases
  • Chemical speciation and solubility in biological fluids
  • Thermodynamic properties of arsenic and molybdenum compounds
  • Thermodynamic modelling in extractive metallurgy

Current projects

Events and speaking engagements

I have been a regular keynote lecturer at IUPAC conferences. Full, peer-reviewed papers were published in Pure and Applied Chemistry:

Doctoral and masters supervisions

I am currently co-supervising five PhD projects

  • Michael Hill – Chemical speciation of urine and implications for kidney stone formation;
  • Rorie Gilligan – Leaching of brannerite;
  • Tendekayi Tapera – Elecytrochemical studies of chalcopyrite leaching;
  • Thusitha Bandara – Extraction of rare earth elements;
  • Chris Burtt – Chloride leaching of gold.

Publications

Chapters

  • Koenigsberger, E., Hefter, G., May, P., (2007),Solubility of Solids in Bayer Liquors,In: Developments and Applications in Solubility, Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, pages 236 to 248.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., (2007),Solubility and Body Fluids,In: Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues, Elsevier BV, pages to.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., (2006),Solubility Phenomena Related to Normal and Pathological Biomineralization Processes,In: Biomineralization - Medical Aspects of Solubility, John Wiley & Sons, pages 1 to 37.
  • Koenigsberger, E., (2002),Prediction of electrolyte solubilities from minimal thermodynamic information,In: Highlights in Solute-Solvent Interaction, Springer Verlag, pages 127 to 150.

Journals

  • Hill, M., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., (2017), Mineral precipitation and dissolution in the kidney, American Mineralogist: an international journal of earth and planetary materials, 102, 4, .
  • Senanayake, G., Jayasekera, S., Bandara, A., Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Kyle, J., (2016), Rare earth metal ion solubility in sulphate-phosphate solutions of pH range -0.5 to 5.0 relevant to processing fluorapatite rich concentrates: Effect of calcium, aluminium, iron and sodium ions and temperature up to 80 degrees Celsius, Minerals Engineering, 98, , pages 169 - 176.
  • Akilan, C., Koenigsberger, E., Solis, J., May, P., Kyle, J., Hefter, G., (2016), Investigation of complexation and solubility equilibria in the copper(I)/cyanide system at 25 degrees C, Hydrometallurgy, 164, , pages 202 - 207.
  • Rowland, D., Koenigsberger, E., Hefter, G., May, P., (2015), Aqueous electrolyte solution modelling: Some limitations of the Pitzer equations, Applied Geochemistry, 55, , pages 170 - 183.
  • Koenigsberger, L., Koenigsberger, E., Hefter, G., May, P., (2015), Formation constants of copper(I) complexes withcysteine, penicillamine and glutathione: implicationsfor copper speciation in the human eye, Journal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions, 44, , pages 20413 - 20425.
  • Nordstrom, D., Majzlan, J., Koenigsberger, E., (2014), Thermodynamic Properties for Arsenic Minerals and Aqueous Species, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 79, , pages 217 - 255.
  • Navarro Acosta, M., May, P., Hefter, G., Koenigsberger, E., (2014), Solubility of CuO(s) in highly alkaline solutions, Hydrometallurgy, 147, , pages 68 - 72.
  • Koenigsberger, E., (2014), Partitioning of Volatile Compounds among Process Liquors, Steam, and Condensates: Thermodynamic Simulations with Applications to the Bayer Process, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53, , pages 316 - 322.
  • Koenigsberger, E., (2013), Solid-solute phase equilibria in aqueoussolution: Fundamentals and applications, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 85, 11, pages 2089 - 2095.
  • De Visscher, A., Vanderdeelen, J., Koenigsberger, E., Churagulov, B., Ichikuni, M., Tsurumi, M., (2012), IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 95. Alkaline Earth Carbonates in Aqueous Systems. Part 1. Introduction, Be and Mg, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 41, 1, pages 13105 -.
  • Gamsjager, H., Magalhaes, M., Koenigsberger, E., Sawada, K., Churagulov, B., Schmidt, P., Zeng, D., (2011), IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 92. Metal Carbonates. Part 1. Solubility and Related Thermodynamic Quantities of Cadmium(II) Carbonate in Aqueous Systems, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 40, 4, pages 043104-1 - 043104-26.
  • Frenkel, M., Diky, V., Chirico, R., Goldberg, R., Heerklotz, H., Ladbury, J., Remeta, D., Dymond, J., Goodwin, A., Marsh, K., Wakeham, W., Stein, S., Brown, P., Koenigsberger, E., Williams, P., (2011), ThermoML: An XML-based approach for storage and exchange of experimental and critically evaluated thermophysical and thermochemical property data. 5. Speciation and complex equilibria, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 56, 2, pages 307 - 316.
  • Frenkel, M., Chirico, R., Diky, V., Brown, P., Dymond, J., Goldberg, R., Goodwin, A., Heerklotz, H., Koenigsberger, E., Ladbury, J., Marsh, K., Remeta, D., Stein, S., Wakeham, W., Williams, P., (2011), Extension of ThermoML: The IUPAC standard for thermodynamic data communications (IUPAC Recommendations 2011), Pure and Applied Chemistry, 83, 10, pages 1937 - 1969.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Ilievski, D., (2011), The boehmite 'solubility gap', Hydrometallurgy, 110, 1-4, pages 33 - 39.
  • Goto, A., Miyamoto, H., Salomon, M., Goto, R., Fukuda, H., Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Scharlin, P., (2011), IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 90. Hydroxybenzoic Acid Derivatives in Binary and Ternary Systems. Part II. Hydroxybenzoic Acids, Hydroxybenzoates, and Hydroxybenzoic Acid Salts in Nonaqueous Systems, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, 40, 2, pages -.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Bochmann, S., May, P., Hefter, G., (2011), Thermodynamics of impurities in hydrometallurgical processes, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 83, 5, pages 1075 - 1084.
  • May, P., Rowland, D., Hefter, G., Koenigsberger, E., (2011), A generic and updatable pitzer characterization of aqueous binary electrolyte solutions at 1 bar and 25 c, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 56, 12, pages 5066 - 5077.
  • Hnedkovsky, L., Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Cibulka, I., Schroedle, S., May, P., Hefter, G., (2010), Densities of concentrated alkaline aluminate solutions at temperatures from (323 to 573) K and 10 MPa pressure, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 55, 3, pages 1173 - 1178.
  • May, P., Rowland, D., Koenigsberger, E., Hefter, G., (2010), JESS, a Joint Expert Speciation System - IV: A large database of aqueous solution physicochemical properties with an automatic means of achieving thermodynamic consistency, Talanta, 81, 1-2, pages 142 - 148.
  • Schroedle, S., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2010), Heat capacities of aqueous sodium hydroxide/aluminate mixtures and prediction of the solubility constant of boehmite up to 300 C, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74, 8, pages 2368 - 2379.
  • Szilagyi, I., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., (2009), Spectroscopic characterisation of weak interactions in acidic titanyl sulfate-iron(ii) sulfate solutions, Dalton Transactions: the international journal for inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, , 37, pages 7717 - 7724.
  • Szilagyi, I., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., (2009), Characterization of Chemical Speciation of Titanyl Sulfate Solutions for Production of Titanium Dioxide Precipitates, Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 48, , pages 2200 - 2204.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Hefter, G., May, P., (2009), Solubility and related properties inhydrometallurgy, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 81, 9, pages 1537 - 1545.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Szilagyi, I., May, P., (2009), Measurement and prediction of physicochemical properties of liquors relevant to the sulfate process for titania production. 1. Densities in the TiOSO4 + FeSO4 + H2SO4 + H 2O system, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 54, 2, pages 520 - 525.
  • Eriksson, G., Koenigsberger, E., (2008), FactSage and ChemApp: Two tools for the prediction of multiphase chemical equilibria in solutions, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 80, 6, pages 1293 - 1302.
  • Schroedle, S., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2008), Heat capacities of aqueous solutions of sodium hydroxide and water ionization up to 300 degrees C at 10 MPa, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72, , pages 3124 - 3138.
  • Rudolph, W., Irmer, G., Koenigsberger, E., (2008), Speciation studies in aqueous HCO3 --CO 3 2- solutions. A combined Raman spectroscopic and thermodynamic study, Dalton Transactions: the international journal for inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, 8, 7, pages 900 - 908.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., May, P., (2008), Properties of electrolyte solutions relevant to high concentration chloride leaching. III. Solubility of pertinent solids and iron(III)/iron(II) redox potential measured in concentrated magnesium chloride solutions, Hydrometallurgy, 90, , pages 192 - 200.
  • Koenigsberger, E., May, P., (2008), Properties of electrolyte solutions relevant to high concentration chloride leaching I. Mixed aqueous solutions of hydrochloric acid and magnesium chloride, Hydrometallurgy, 90, , pages 177 - 191.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., May, P., (2008), Properties of electrolyte solutions relevant to high concentration chloride leaching. II. Density, viscosity and heat capacity of mixed aqueous solutions of magnesium chloride and nickel chloride measured to 90 degrees C, Hydrometallurgy, 90, , pages 168 - 176.
  • Koenigsberger, E., (2008), Thermodynamic simulation of the Bayer process, International Journal of Materials Research (formerly Zeitschrift fr Metallkunde), 99, 2, pages 197 - 202.
  • Hnedkovsky, L., Koenigsberger, E., Cibulka, I., Koenigsberger, L., Schroedle, S., May, P., Hefter, G., (2007), Densities of NaOH(aq) at Temperatures from (323 to 573) K and 10 MPa Pressure, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 52, , pages 2237 - 2244.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Koenigsberger, L., Hefter, G., May, P., (2007), Zdanovskii's Rule and Isopiestic Measurements Applied to Synthetic Bayer Liquors, Journal of Solution Chemistry, 36, , pages 1619 - 1634.
  • Frenkel, M., Chirico, R., Diky, V., Dong, Q., Marsh, K., Dymond, J., Wakeham, W., Stein, S., Koenigsberger, E., Goodwin, A., (2006), XML-based IUPAC standard for experimental, predicted, and critically evaluated thermodynamic property data storage and caputre (ThermoML), Pure and Applied Chemistry, 78, 3, pages 541 - 612.
  • Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2006), Comprehensive model of synthetic Bayer liquors. Part 3. Sodium aluminate solutions and the solubility of gibbsite and boehmite, Monatshefte fuer Chemie, 137, , pages 1139 - 1149.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Bevis, S., Hefter, G., May, P., (2005), Comprehensive Model of Synthetic Bayer Liquors. Part 2. Densities of Alkaline Aluminate Solutions to 90 degrees C., Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 50, , pages 1270 - 1276.
  • Tromans, A., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2005), Heat Capacities and Volumes of Aqueous Dicarboxylate Salt Solutions of Relevance to the Bayer Process, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 50, , pages 2019 - 2025.
  • Koenigsberger, E., Eriksson, G., May, P., Hefter, G., (2005), Comprehensive Model of Synthetic Bayer Liquors. Part 1. Overview, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 44, , pages 5805 - 5814.
  • Sadovska, G., Koenigsberger, E., Kron, I., (2003), Solubility of Uric Acid in Lithium Chloride Solutions, Monatshefte fuer Chemie, 134, , pages 787 - 790.
  • Magalhaes, C., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2002), Heat Capacities of Concentrated Aqueous Alkaline Aluminate Solutions at 25 degrees C, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 47, , pages 960 - 963.
  • Magalhaes, C., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2002), Heat Capacities of Concentrated Aqueous Solutions of Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Carbonate, and Sodium Hydroxide at 25 degrees C, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 47, , pages 590 - 598.
  • Koenigsberger, E., (2002), Solubility equilibria. From data optimization to process simulation, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 74, 10, pages 1831 - 1841.
  • Koenigsberger, L., Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2000), Complexation of iron (III) and iron (II) by citrate. Implications for iron speciation in blood plasma, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 78, , pages 175 - 184.

Conference

  • Nordstrom, D., Zhu, X., McCleskey, R., Koenigsberger, L., Koenigsberger, E., (2016),Geochemical modeling and thermodynamic properties of arsenic species,In: 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2016).
  • Koenigsberger, E., May, P., Hefter, G., (2005),A comprehensive physicochemical model of synthetic Bayer liquors,In: 7th International Alumina Quality Workshop (2005).

Full publication list

Murdoch University Research Repository