We offer a number of PhD opportunities in the area of minerals processing. Our research focus is on the areas of froth flotation and heap leaching. Particular attention is paid to gaining an understanding of the fundamental physics of these systems and using this knowledge to build models that can improve industrial processes. We have both modelling/simulation and experimental projects on offer, many of them sponsored by major mining companies.


Developing tools for the sustainable exploration of epithermal ore deposits: alteration mineral chemistry for targeting and assessment of fertility [Info sheet‌]

Supervisor: Dr Jamie Wilkinson

Residence and mobility of metals in the alteration zones of porphyry ore systems [Info sheet]

Magmas, fluids, faults and metals – re-assessing the controls on magmatic-hydrothermal W-Sn-As-Cu-Zn-Pb mineralisation and zonation associated with the Cornubian Batholith, SW England [Info sheet‌]

Dr Robin Shail (Camborne School of Mines, Falmouth Campus, Exeter University)  Dr Jamie Wilkinson (The Natural History Museum and Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London) 

This project is based at the Penrhyn Campus of Exeter University (Cambourne School of Mines)

The “colour” of hydrothermal quartz [Info sheet‌]‌‌‌

Jamie Wilkinson (NHM, Imperial College London)

Simulation of charge-slurry interactions in tumbling and stirred mills [Info sheet‌]

Prof Stephen Neethling

The impact of mineral texture on the relationship between particle size, surface exposure and mineral liberation: A key to coarse particle flotation [Info sheet]

Prof Stephen Neethling