Dr. Dobos, Gábor
According to my education I am a chemist. I obtained a doctorate in 1984 (Kossuth University Debrecen, Hungary), and after I began a postdoctoral study to acquire an academic degree. I engaged in all my praxis in doing research and development work, solving industrial problems and elaborating some patents.
As a young researcher in the Research Institute for Iron Industry (VASKUT) , I had the opportunity to carry out whole projects, starting with researching the scientific as well as patent literature of the topic and ending with pilot plant tests. My first such large task was the development of electrolytic manganese dioxide, the major component of the dry cells. We have produced 20 mm thick manganese dioxide deposits by electrolysis. This fact and the performance of test-batteries proved that it was a victory over the problems. I am proud of this success to this day.
I have made my doctoral thesis, applying the later on patented idea of ion-exchange leaching and the resin in pulp ("RIP") technique, in order to overcome the problems of the hydrometallurgical processing of the Hungarian rhodocrosite ore arising from the large amount and poor filterability of the fine-grained undissolved host minerals.
Few years I was the head of the laboratory for chemical analysis of this research facility, which was a metallurgical unit at the same time, producing metal alloys of all kinds. This experience in classical analytical chemistry was later very useful in making experiments to recover of valuable metals from several wastes e.g. Ni/Cd and Ni/Fe accumulator scraps, silver from photgraphic fixing solutions, vanadium from catalysators, Zn from zinc ash, etc. These work made me familiar with several methods of hydrometallurgy, e.g. ion-exchange, l/l extraction as well as electrochemical methodes.
Later I worked some years in the Salgótarján Sheet Glass Factory, dealing with new tasks: deposition of thin layers on sheet glass surfaces, e.g. chemical vapor deposition of fluorine doped electric conducting SnO2 layers, colored metal oxide layers by dipping technology, applying atmospheric chemical vapor deposition directly on the hot glass ribbon in the course of the glass-drawing process, synthesis of the needed precursor compounds, construction and building of the research equipments, radioactive tracer measurements of the distribution of the metal intake inside the glass-drowing machine, physical vapor deposition experiments of functional thin layers etc.
As soon as it was possible I founded Chemotronik Kft., my own R&D firm more than 20 years ago. About our recent developments you can see some photos in the section "Our Company". One can ask why deals a chemist with a flying wind power plant. On the one hand, the energetic aspects of chemistry, like energy storage, batteries, etc. are obvoious. On the other hand, my getting into touch with flying goes back to my childhood, and I have my father to thank for it. He was a handyman, and he could have become a phenomenal engineer, had his circumstances made it possible. As I remember, he always tinkered with something, and I was his little helper, or rather his little hindrance. I don’t know what he liked more, the work he was going to do, or my „help”. Once my dad had a great surprise for me. He said, we would build a model sailplane, - after several kites. Some days later he brought the well‑proportioned plans, sketched on tracing paper, and we began to build the plane. Probably you have already no doubt, this was one of the determining experiences of my childhood. And you can imagine that this childhood experience bore a large part in inventing a flying energy harvesting device. This story is underway even now.
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