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UWI Faculty of Engineering launches new book on Aluminium Smelting

For Release Upon Receipt - February 8, 2008

St. Augustine

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the launch of a book entitled Aluminium Smelting: Health, Environmental and Engineering Perspectives (ISBN 978-976-637-345-0). Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine is a co-editor of this new publication along with Professor Mukesh Khare, Dr. Gyan Shrivastava and Professor Chintanapalli Venkobachar all of the UWI Faculty of Engineering.

The 250-page publication is a collection of research findings, supplemented by extensive data and background literature on smelting processes and related environmental impacts. This publication is a follow-up to the Symposium held on February 10th, 2007 entitled: Aluminium Smelting: Environmental and Engineering Perspectives. Both the local and international contributors to its 14 chapters are all experts in their respective fields. The book presents relevant, up-to-date information on the industrial aluminium smelting process as it relates to the particular circumstances of Trinidad and Tobago and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in general.

Though complex and often technical, the topics are presented in a language and style that are accessible to non-experts. While its specific focus is on aluminium smelting, the collection approaches industrial development from a broad planning and economic perspective, and it is therefore of interest to research institutions and regulatory bodies; environmental consultants, agencies and watchdog groups; practicing professionals or postgraduate students in the fields of planning and development, environmental engineering, life sciences and ecology; and all interests connected to the mining and energy industry, particularly the Bauxite/Alumina/Aluminium industry.

The book is now available in hardback from Ian Randle Publishers ( Copies may be ordered directly from Ian Randle Publishers at or, or 1-800-744-1114 (toll free from the Caribbean) or 1-866-330-5469 (toll free from the USA). For local sales, contact the University Bookstore, UWI St Augustine at