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MEI Online: People News: Africa: October 27th 2015


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:: Dee Bradshaw Returns to University of Cape Town


Prof. Dee Bradshaw has recently returned to the University of Cape Town (UCT) to replace Prof. J-P Franzidis as the UCT hosted South African Research Chair in Mineral Beneficiation, following Prof. Franzidis’ retirement. She is also an Honorary Professor and Industrial Research Fellow at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland (UQ), and a visiting Professor in the Mining Engineering Department at Hacettepe University (HU), Turkey.


With over 30 years of experience, Dee’s background is in Flotation Chemistry and Process Mineralogy with her interests expanding into other aspects of the field as she continues to work towards the ‘Development of an Integrated Mineralogical Framework for Mineral Processing from ore deposit, through breakage and separation, including the effects of texture on liberation, of valuable from unwanted minerals to disposal of waste and tailings’ (first articulated in 2005). Her activities at UCT have included establishing the Depressant Research Facility in 1998 (now the Reagent Research Group) , Machine Vision (developing ‘SmartFroth’) in 1998, and the Process Mineralogy initiative in 2004. In 2007 she spent her sabbatical with Rio Tinto at both the Centre for Operational and Technical Excellence in Bundoora, at Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation in Salt lake City and with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at UQ. From 2008, she was part of the leadership team and led the flotation research group Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) until Feb 2014. She has participated and lead themes in the AMIRA P9 and P843 projects (2009-2014). She has been a visiting Professor at HU, Turkey in 2014 and 2015.

Dee Bradshaw
Dee Bradshaw


She has been responsible for initiating, setting up and participating in post graduate courses in flotation chemistry, process mineralogy, geometallurgy and building research capacity in general at the UCT, UQ, U of Tasmania and HU. She has participated in JKTech’s MetSkills program for Metallurgical Training as well as many professional development courses for industry in South Africa, Australia, Canada and Turkey. This includes her participation as a visiting scholar (2014/ 2015) for the European Master in Georesources Engineering in activities at the University of Liege, Belgium and the Lulea Technical University, Sweden. She delivered a 2 day course ‘Sustainability in mining’ in Oct 2014 at the Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta Chile.

She has supervised over 40 post graduate research students and co-authored over 150 journal and conference papers. In 2013 she was recognised by the University of Queensland as a leader who nurtures and develops her graduate students, a concept she calls ‘Living Gold’ (vimeo.com/73666824?).




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