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This, the 3rd International Symposium on Process Mineralogy (Process Mineralogy '14), was organised by MEI in consultation with Dr Megan Becker. Process Mineralogy '14 was sponsored by FEI, Carl Zeiss, FLSmidth, Bruker, TESCAN and MinAssist. Media partners were International Mining.


Developing from MEI’s previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy ’14 dealt 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 '12
Delegates at Process Mineralogy '12

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.



Prof. Bernd Lottermoser, presented the first keynote lecture "Predicting ore and waste characteristics: past, present, future".

Professor Bernd Lottermoser has a Chair in Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK and he is also Visiting Professor at the University of Tasmania, Australia. In his varied career, he has worked in the mining industry and also for Australian, German and British universities. Bernd has written more than 150 publications as well as an acclaimed textbook on mine wastes. He currently leads a global research team funded by the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction and the University of Tasmania on predictive environmental indicators in mining.

Bernd Lottermoser


Prof. Pertti Lamberg presented the second keynote lecture "A way forward in process mineralogy – using automated mineralogy for modeling and simulating beneficiation processes".

Pertti Lamberg started in 2009 as a professor in geometallurgy at Luleĺ University of Technology, Sweden. Before that he worked for 20 years in mining and technology companies Outokumpu and Outotec. Pertti's research areas have covered lithogeochemical exploration of nickel sulphides, applied/process mineralogy, modeling and simulation of minerals processing and development of metallurgical software HSC Chemistry. His current activities are mainly in geometallurgy of iron ores and modeling of minerals processes based on particle properties.

Pertti Lamberg



Process Mineralogy '14 was organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr. Megan Becker.

Dr Megan Becker is a Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Minerals Research, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. She currently leads the process mineralogy research activities within the Centre, manages an active QEMSCAN analysis facility and supervises numerous postgraduate students. She has a background of metallurgy (PhD, Pretoria University 2009) and geology / geochemistry (MSc, University of Cape Town 2005). Her research interests include: Pyrrhotite mineralogy and its effect on flotation performance, process mineralogy of platinum ores, geometallurgy, rheology and mineralogy, acid rock drainage and mineral carbonation.

Megan Becker



"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 previous Process Mineralogy/Automated Mineralogy conferences, 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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