Project description


Flotation properties of base metal sulphides in composite particles, as a function of their mineral chemistry.


Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) & W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (BRC), Sustainable Minerals Institute


Dr Liza Forbes (JKMRC)  & Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox (BRC)

About the project

The focus of project will be the formulation, development and validation of a model for predicting the flotation behaviour of complex ore particles as a function of their mineral content and pyrite type.

Mineral flotation is a key technical step in mineral extraction from both naturally occurring ore bodies and historic mine tailings. This process relies on the differences in surface properties between desired and undesired minerals in order to make the separations necessary for mineral enrichment.

This research program will work at the forefront of mineral surface chemistry and geochemistry to develop tools for the diagnostic assessment and treatment of new ore reserves and mine tailings.

About the candidate

The successful applicant will be an outstanding and enthusiastic mineral science or engineering graduate in possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum honours class IIB or equivalent.

How to apply

View the project on the UQ graduate school website

Detailed instructions for applicants can be found at on the UQ Graduate School website

For further questions about the project please contact Dr Liza Forbes