|Elaine, Megan and Cathy|
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Last week in Australia the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC) (part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland) celebrated the launch of the latest book in its series of Monographs on mineral processing. This most recent book, Process Mineralogy, is edited by a team of three people whose names will be familiar to those working in this field - MEI's process mineralogy consultant Dr Megan Becker, of the Centre for Minerals Research at the University of Cape Town, and Drs Elaine Wightman and Cathy Evans of the SMI-JKMRC.
The launch party at SMI-JKMRC celebrated the hard work of the three editors of Process Mineralogy and their 50 contributors from around the world, which has culminated in the production of this comprehensive review of the current state of the art in applied mineralogy. The support of Dr Ying Gu, Prof Dee Bradshaw and Prof Ben Adair in the initial stages of the book helped the editors to build a team of contributors which spans our industry in terms of both commodity type and geographical location. While the list of contributors is too long to be included here, readers of the Process Mineralogy book will recognise many of them as regular attendees at the biannual MEI Process Mineralogy Conferences. The breadth and depth of the knowledge shared by the contributors in each of the book chapters reflects their expertise in mineralogy tools, techniques and their application and make this book unique.
Prof Neville Plint, Director of the SMI and Prof Alice Clark, Director of Production Centres at SMI welcomed a number of the Brisbane-based contributors, including Dr Bill Johnson, Dr Greg Wilkie, Dr Graham O'Brien, John Knights and Prof Malcolm Powell who came along to join JKMRC staff, students and alumni in the celebrations.
Process Mineralogy '17 provided an opportunity for a 2nd launch, and for Cathy and Elaine to catch up with Megan and the contributors based in South Africa.