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Process Mineralogy '18
November 19-21, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa


This, the 5th International Symposium on Process Mineralogy (Process Mineralogy '18), is organised by MEI in consultation with Dr Megan Becker and is sponsored by ZEISS, Bruker and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Media sponsors are International Mining.



Developing from MEIís previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy í18 will deal with the following topics:

  • Quantitative mineralogy, including both X-ray and Electron Beam Techniques
  • Geometallurgy
  • Ore characterisation
  • Mineral Liberation and Textural Analysis
  • Application of process mineralogy on site
  • Sampling and Statistics
  • Advanced Process Control

7 minute video showing Process Mineralogy '14 at the Vineyard Hotel


Papers will be published as an unrefereed Proceedings on a USB Memory Stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Process Mineralogy issue of Minerals Engineering journal.



The first keynote lecture, "When Scientists and Engineers Talk Ė Lessons from the Oil Industry and Applications to Mining" will be given by Prof Alan R Butcher of the Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo, Finland.

Alan is professor of geomaterials and applied mineralogy at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). He has spent the last 20 years developing automated mineralogical techniques for the mining, geoscience & petroleum sectors, where he has gained much experience in examining rocks of commercial importance. Prior to this, Alan was a lecturer in igneous petrology & course director of the MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.

Alanís current research interests lie in areas of cross-disciplinary geomaterial research, whereby engineers and scientists work closely together in collaborative teams, and use their combined experiences and skills to solve common challenges. This is a practice he has learnt, to great effect, from his time spent working with geophysicists, reservoir engineers and reservoir quality geologists, on petroleum industry projects, whilst he was at FEI Company. Alanís work typically involves multi-scale, multi-dimensional studies (2D, 3D and 4D analysis) of minerals, rocks & man-made materials using integrated electron-, ion-, x-ray- & laser-beam technologies.


Alan Butcher





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