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.


A Machine Learning Approach to Represent Carbonate Heterogeneities in Forward Stratigraphic Models [‌Info Sheet - Machine Learning]

Supervisor: Dr Cédric M. John

Extending the carbonate clumped isotopes paleothermometer to new mineral systems: a computer modelling approach [Info Sheet - Clumped Isotope Modelling]

Supervisor: Dr Cédric M. John

Sustainable mine waste management: a closer look at dry stacking - EPSRC CASE studentship [Info Sheet - Sustainable mine waste management]
Supervisors: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada and Prof. Jerry Heng (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Coupling process modelling and Life Cycle Assessment to inform the design of mineral processing circuits [Info Sheet - Process modelling and Life Cycle Assessment ]
Supervisor: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada

Modelling and predicting flotation froth stability [Info Sheet - Froth stability]
Supervisors: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada and Professor Stephen Neethling

The origin of propylitic alteration halos in porphyry systems [Info Sheet - PDF 929KB]

Supervisor: Professor 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)  Professor 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]‌‌‌

Professor Jamie Wilkinson (NHM, Imperial College London)

Development of UV-fluorescence Spectroscopy as a Tool for Mineral Exploration [Info Sheet - UVFluorescence.pdf]

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

Professor 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]

Professor Stephen Neethling