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.


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 Prof. Stephen Neethling

Controls on the distribution and chemistry of pyrophyllite-quartz alteration in high sulphidation epithermal ore deposits: developing vectoring and fertility tools for project assessment [Info Sheet - pyrophyllite-quartz alteration‌]

Supervisor: Dr Jamie Wilkinson

Read the info sheet for full details about this project, which is fully funded by Barrick Gold Corp. With any questions, please contact 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