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This, the 2nd International Symposium on Process Mineralogy (Process Mineralogy '12), was organised by Minerals Engineering International in consultation with Dr Megan Becker and is sponsored by FEI, Anglo American Technical Solutions - Research, FLSmidth, Bruker AXS, SGS, Oxford Instruments, PANalytical, Tescan & Carl Zeiss.


Developing from MEI’s previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy ’12 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

Delegates at Process Mineralogy '10
Delegates at Process Mineralogy '10

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


Keynote Lectures

The keynote lecture, entitled "Ore characterization, process mineralogy and lab automation - a roadmap for future mining" will be given by Dr. Wolfgang Baum, of FLSmidth, USA.

Wolfgang Baum
Dr. Wolfgang Baum

Dr. Baum has 34 years of experience as a process mineralogist in the mining industry. He has worked for Hazen Research, Texasgulf, St.Joe Minerals Corporation, and Pittsburgh Mineral & Environmental Technology. From 1999 to 2011 he established and managed state-of-the-art Material Characterization Labs at the Technology Center of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and its predecessor Phelps Dodge Mining Company including robotics lab modules for mineralogy and chemical analyses. In 2011, he joined FLSmidth as Director – Ore Characterization in Salt Lake City/Utah focusing on Process Mineralogy for minerals engineering metallurgical services and the expanded use of lab automation in mining.


The keynote lecture entitled "The continued development of X-Ray CT as an effective tool in process mineralogy" will be given by Prof. Jan Miller, of the University of Utah, USA

Jan Miller
Prof. Jan Miller

Jan Miller is the Department Chair and Ivor Thomas Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah. He received his B.S. degree, graduating with distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University. His graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Metallurgical Engineering were earned at the Colorado School of Mines. He is the recipient of numerous awards based on research contributions in mineral processing/hydrometallurgy and has served on the faculty at the University of Utah for 43 years. Professor Miller is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Member of SME.

In 2007 he received an Honorary Ph.D. degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and an Honorary Professorial Appointment at Central South University, Changsha, China. More recently, in May 2010, Dr. Miller was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland. In 2011 he received Honorary Professorial Appointments at the Institute for Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China and the Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China.



Process Mineralogy '12 is organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr. Megan Becker.

Dr. Becker studied geology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) before joining the Centre for Minerals Research at UCT to help integrate mineralogy into the current mineral processing activities of the Centre, where she is a Research Officer and now leads the Process Mineralogy initiative at the CMR. She is currently involved the supervision of numerous postgraduate students, and manages the QEMSCAN facility at UCT. Her research interests include: Pyrrhotite mineralogy and its effect on flotation performance (the focus of her PhD in process mineralogy at the University of Pretoria, 2009), process mineralogy of platinum ores, geometallurgy, rheology and mineralogy, acid rock drainage and mineral carbonation.

Dr. Megan Becker
Megan Becker


Previous Conferences

"Thank you so much for organising the excellent Process Mineralogy '10 conference. I was very pleased to be able to speak there and I generated a lot of interest for our CT technology, which was great. I met a great bunch of people and really enjoyed it."
Andrew Ramsey, Nikon Metrology, UK

Read the conference reports from Process Mineralogy '10, Automated Mineralogy 08, Automated Mineralogy 07, Automated Mineralogy 06 and Applied Mineralogy 03, and see the technical programmes and view the delegate lists too.

"It was certainly one of the better conferences [Automated Mineralogy 06] I have attended over the years. I had a very productive time in Brisbane and made lots of useful contacts."
Mark Pownceby, CSIRO Minerals, Australia

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