Thursday, 6 October 2016
An excellent programme is evolving for Process Mineralogy '17, which will be held in Cape Town in March. Already we have more papers than two years ago at Process Mineralogy '14. We will be drafting the provisional programme in 3 weeks' time, so it is not too late to submit an abstract!
This week we recruited a very distinguished specialist in X-ray tomography as a keynote lecturer. Prof. Jan Miller, of the University of Utah, will review X-ray tomography for mineral processing, with recent advances in X-ray tomography considered such as high speed scanning and image analysis procedures to describe particle size, shape, and composition. With these new 3D characterization tools, applications in mineral processing will be discussed for laboratory analysis including 1) particle damage state as a result of blasting/comminution, 2) liberation characterization to describe the efficiency of gravity separation, 3) exposed grain surface area analysis to explain the flotation of locked particles, and 4) floc size, shape, and water content for polymer-induced flocculation. Finally the possibility for plant-site X-ray tomographic analysis will be examined.
Jan Miller is the Ivor D. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah. He received his BS degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his MS and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. At the University of Utah Professor Miller has devoted over 40 years to undergraduate and graduate education. His research covers mainly the areas of mineral processing and hydrometallurgy, specializing in particle characterization, aqueous solution chemistry, and colloid and surface chemistry. He is a member of SME, TMS, and ACS. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993.
Prof. Miller is one of three distinguished keynote lecturers at Process Mineralogy '17. Steve Williams of Pasinex Resources Ltd, Canada will discuss the benefits and tasks ahead for geometallurgy (posting of 24 February 2016) and Prof. Eric Pirard of the University of Liege, Belgium, will show how process mineralogy is an essential booster of the circular economy (7th March 2016).