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The 7th International Flotation Conference (Flotation '15) was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof. Dee Bradshaw and Prof. Jim Finch and was sponsored by eDart, Outotec, FLSmidth, Cheminova, SNF Flomin, Aminpro, Metso, Axis House, Senmin, Huntsman, Magotteaux, SGS, Promet101, Clariant, ZEISS, Cytec, Akzo Nobel & Manildra Group. Media sponsors were International Mining, Mining Prospectus & AT International.
Flotation '15 featured 2 discrete symposia:
November 16-17: Flotation Fundamentals: Physics and Chemistry
Although now over a hundred years old, the fundamental aspects of flotation are still being intensively researched, and new machines developed. This two day symposium focused on:
After studying Minerals Engineering, and working both underground and above on the South African gold and platinum mines, he did his PhD in Cape Town. He moved to the UK in 1993, where he established his flotation research team, uniquely specialising in the role of the froth in separating minerals. His research develops complex physical models and measurement techniques to improve mineral separations.
He serves on the International Mineral Processing Council, and leads the Commission on Education. In 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Laskowski, Professor Emeritus of mineral processing at the University of British Columbia, Canada, obtained all his degrees, including Ph.D., from the Silesian University of Technology in Poland. His education also included one year stay as a postgraduate student with Department of Colloid Chemistry, Lomonosov University, Moscow, and one year stay as a post- doctoral fellow with Dr. J.A. Kitchener at Imperial College, London.
In 1979, he chaired the 13th Int. Mineral Processing Congress in Warsaw. In 2002 he started his own research company, Laskowski Research Inc.
Dr. Laskowski was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Mineral Processing Council at the 24th International Mineral Processing Congress in Beijing (2008), and is a recipient of the Antoine Gaudin Award (2011).
November 18-19: Flotation Applications and Plant Practice
This two day symposium focused on the application of flotation, and included sessions on:
Nagaraj, or Nag as he is popularly known, is Principal Research Fellow at Cytec. He started his career at Cyanamid in 1979 after his doctorate from Columbia University, and held various positions in Cyanamid/Cytec over the years, but never far from science, research, and education which are his passions. Nag has degrees in both chemistry and metallurgy. He has a strong background in Minerals Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Organic/Analytical/Coordination Chemistry, Water Soluble Polymers, Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Statistics and Experimental Design. His main area of expertise is in the chemical aspects of mineral processing and in the design, development, and implementation of practical chemical schemes for diverse applications in mineral processing. He served as a co-editor for IJMP for many years. He is an Adjunct professor at Columbia University. Nag is a Distinguished Member of SME and has been very active in SME since 1977 in various capacities, most recently serving as a member on the SME-MPD Executive committee and as a Chair.
Peter completed his Bachelorís degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Arizona and his Masterís degree in Mineral Processing at McGill University. He has worked for more than 15 years in diverse rolls including consulting, grinding and flotation circuit modeling, plant operations, engineering, and laboratory testing. During this time he authored or co-authored many papers on flotation testing, modeling, and circuit design. He is also a founding partner and serves as Director of Metallurgy for Aminpro Chile and President of Aminpro Peru. Peter was the recipient of the 2007 SME Young Engineer Award, the 2011 SME Arthur F. Taggart Award, and the 2011 MEI Young Persons Award. He lives with his family in Lima, Peru.
Immediately prior to Flotation '15, Dr Stephen Gay ran a 3-day Simulation Course. The course took place between the 13-15 November 2015 in the conference venue, the Vineyard Hotel.
The course covered all aspects from basic data accumulation and analysis to advanced software development. Delegates gained insights into the metallurgical process via advanced mathematical techniques and able to develop systems for high level decision making using modern techniques of computer simulation methodology.
"This is just a short note to congratulate you and all others involved in the organisation of the excellent Flotation '11 Conference held in Cape Town in November. In my view it was the best specialist Flotation conference I have ever attended. The papers were universally of a high standard and the solid attendance and intensive participation of the large audience from the first to the very last session was testimony to this. This biennial event is now firmly established as a 'must attend' for anyone actively involved in flotation research or practice!"
"Congratulations on Flotation 07. It was an excellent meeting."
"It [Flotation '11] was my first international conference. It was excellent, bringing all the big names whom I thought existed only in print. Definitely looking forward to the next in the series."
"Many thanks for a great conference [Flotation '11], well organised with quality papers. I get the feeling the conference and venue is becoming known not only for good papers but also (and of equal importance) as a very conducive networking site."
"This conference [Flotation 07] will go down in the history of flotation as a point of reference when flotation turned a new page and moved on to its next level of knowledge and best practice."
The conference was organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Prof. Dee Bradshaw and Prof. Jim Finch.
Continuing Professional Development
Flotation '15 was certified for Continuing Professional Development.
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