Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Process Mineralogy '14. Day 2 highlights

The application of automated mineralogy to predict acid mine drainage was the subject of the first three papers this morning, which included a fine keynote from Bern Lottermoser of Camborne School of Mines (CSM), UK.  Prof. Lottermoser is one of four delegates with CSM connections. Ben Thompson is a 2012 MSc graduate in mining geology, and will be presenting a paper tomorrow, co-authored with CSM colleagues.  Gaynor Yorath, of University of Cape Town, is a regular at MEI Conferences. She is a 1985 CSM graduate in mineral processing technology. It was good to meet Ofonime Udoudo, one of two University of Nottingham delegates. After graduating in Nigeria, he obtained his PhD at CSM, and is now researching the vermiculite exfoliation system by process mineralogy, the subject of his afternoon paper.
Bernd Lottermoser and me with CSM Alumni Gaynor Yorath,
Ben Thompson and Ofonime Udoudo
It has been another long day, with 14 papers presented, finished off nicely by a trip to nearby Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for the conference dinner in the most perfect of settings.

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