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.


Electrostatic properties of Lunar and Terrestrial minerals - Application deadline 14 August 2018

It is essential for humankind to use Lunar resources to enable exploration further into space, and for habitation. One of the significant characteristics of Lunar material is its electrostatic properties. This may be exploited as a means to manipulate and separate Lunar minerals.

The project will investigate the differences in the electrostatic behaviour of minerals that are found on Earth and the Moon, with the goal of effecting a separation. It will involve fundamental physics, computational modelling, design and experimentation.

Suitable candidates are likely to have a background in physics or engineering.

For further information, please contact: 

Dr Kathryn Hadler (k.hadler@imperial.ac.uk)

Professor Jan Cilliers (j.j.cilliers@imperial.ac.uk)

Closing date for Applications: 14 August 2018

Starting date: October 2018

Investigate the thermal history of oil and gas shales using clumped isotope geochemistry [Info Sheet - thermal history of oil and gas shales]

1 PhD studentship available, closing date for applications is 9 April 2018.

Cedric John

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

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 - Surface Exposure and Particle Size]

Prof Stephen Neethling