Chalmers University of Sweden Rock Processing systems

Rock material is one of the society’s most commonly used raw materials for construction of infrastructure, buildings, extraction of minerals and metals. Globally a sustainable production of aggregate products is needed for the construction industry. In mining, a significant amount of energy is used in comminution process for disintegration of rock. This field focuses on new and improved crushing processes of rock material and development of virtual modelling platforms for rock processing.

Key Contact

Prof Magnus Evertsson, phone: +46-31-772 13 68


The CSIRO Mineral Resources works across the minerals value chain to grow Australia’s resource base, increase the productivity of the minerals industry and reduce its environmental footprint, both in Australia and globally.

Key contacts:

Nawshad Haque

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 

Created in 1967, the Graduate Program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (PEMM) of COPPE is actively involved in both teaching and advanced research in several fields of metallurgical and materials engineering. Since its conception it has been ranking among the leading graduate courses in its field in Brazil and presently enjoys a reputation for excellence for its research on metals, minerals, polymers, composites, ceramics and biomaterials.

Key Contact

Luis Marcelo Marques Taveres:

University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute

The Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland (UQ) is a world leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.  Our purpose is to develop practical solutions to the challenges of operating sustainably in the resources sector. We have a unique inter-disciplinary approach including expertise in engineering, science and the social sciences. Our expertise which comes from experience across the research, government and industry sectors is genuinely independent and objective. Our work covers all facets of the life of mine from geology, to minerals extraction, water management issues, minerals processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation and community engagement.

Key Contact

Prof Christopher J Moran

Hacettepe University Mineral Processing Centre, Turkey

Hacettepe University Department of Mining Engineering has a distinguished place among the mining engineering departments in Turkey. The course have been designed to train mining engineers who have thorough knowledge of basic engineering, prospecting, exploration and processing, together with a good command of English and computer skills. There are two divisions in the department, namely, Mining and Mineral Processing.

Key Contact

Prof.Dr. Hakan BENZER Head of Department:

The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC)Australia

The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) is the global mineral industry’s partner-of-choice for innovation in mineral processing and geometallurgy research. For almost 50 years, the Centre has developed a strong reputation for the delivery of its applied research outcomes and for its postgraduate education program.

Key contacts

Prof Malcolm Powell

Dr Grant Ballantyne

Centre for Minerals Research, University of Cape Town

The Centre for Minerals Research at the University of Cape Town is a multi-disciplinary centre based in the Department of Chemical Engineering with close associate activities in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Geology.

The main focus of research is on the processes of flotation and comminution, arguably two of the most important centre operations in mineral beneficiation. In excess of 2000 million tons of over 100 different mineral species are recovered annually through the process of flotation, in most cases preceded by comminution. Inefficiencies in these processes translate into both an enormous loss of revenue and an unnecessary waste of the world’s valuable and steadily declining mineral reserves. This is expected to compound in the coming decades as high quality ores become depleted, and mining companies are forced to treat more and more complex and finely disseminated ore bodies.

Key Contacts

Prof Cyril O’Connor

Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia

The Department is exemplified by the dedication of the faculty and staff who provide a dynamic, hands-on learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to teaching, the faculty work with graduate students and staff to undertake research in all aspects of mining in order to study and improve the industry for future generations. Gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, students, parents and other friends assist the Keevil Institute in conducting leading edge research, providing outstanding education and contributing to social and economic development.

NBK Mining Engineering works with The Ombuds Office and all UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment.

Key Contact

Prof Bern Klein