Dr Francisco (Pancho) Reyes' primary interests are quantification, modelling, simulation and control of mineral processing systems.

Research Interests

Pancho's particular interests relate to developing and integrating dynamic models of mineral processing systems for advance process control and prediction purposes. Pancho’s research also focuses on using advance imaging and computational tools for quantifying the performance of comminution equipment and other mineral processing systems like leaching and flotation.


Pancho obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) in 2010, where he was also awarded his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2012. Pancho later left Chile for the United Kingdom to pursue a PhD in the Advance Minerals Processing Research Group at Imperial College London. His research focused on the analysis and quantification in mineral processing using X-ray micro tomography images, collaborating with the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham.

Upon receiving his PhD, Pancho gained valuable experience as a Research Associate. He joined the Advanced Process Prediction and Control Group (APPCo) within the JKMRC, in 2019.

Industry Engagement

Prior to commencing his PhD, Pancho worked in a Research and Development company for 3 years, participating in a sequence of projects with Anglo American and Invensys (now Schneider Electric). The projects aimed for the creation of an integrated automation platform that would advise operators and metallurgists about the crushing, agglomeration and leaching operations. Pancho worked developing the models and simulation platform, as well as establishing connections with other partners in the Chilean mining sector. He actively participated in creating a consortium between PUC and five other companies working from blasting to milling. The aim of the consortium was to create an integrated solution for energy efficiency in the mineral processing sector.


Pancho has connections within academia and industry in Chile, as well as in the UK. He looks forward to create bridges between his home country and the world.