Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei is an expert in modelling, optimisation, and control of comminution circuits using novel approaches and tools.

Mohsen is leading the Advanced Process Prediction and Control (APPCo) program. This program aims to transform unit process modelling and simulation, moving on from the steady-state models previously developed at JKMRC, to develop and apply new techniques that make greater use of data generated on-site and sensor technologies in combination with advanced process control, computational analytics and modelling techniques.

Mohsen did his undergraduate study in Mine Exploration. In 2002 he completed his Master’s degree in Mineral Processing and worked on the application of column flotation in in Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex (Largest copper mine in the Middle East) as his Master’s thesis. After the Master’s degree, he worked with the R&D centre of Zarand coal washing plant in Iran for two years. Mohsen then moved to an operational role as plant manager of a Coal washing plant in Zarand. In 2007 he returned to University of Kerman to do his PhD, investigating the effect of liner wear in charge motion and power draw of SAG mills. He completed his PhD in 2010 and after working in several industry-funded projects in Iran, he joined JKMRC in 2011.

Mohsen has extensive experience in conducting applied research and over the past 15 years he has successfully delivered number of industry-funded projects. Mohsen is comminution specialist who has a strong desire to implement fundamental understandings in his research for offering solutions to minerals industry and also educate engineers and researchers with problem solving skills for tackling future challenges of resource industry. 


Mohsen works with major mining companies and equipment suppliers. Through the AMIRA P9Q project, Mohsen is working with 6 major mining companies and 5 Suppliers. He is a member of AusIMM and a professional member of Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).


Mohsen is leading the AMIRA P9Q project which is a collaborative research between University of Queensland, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Chalmers University (Sweden), Hacettepe University (Turkey), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and CRC ORE. Project is sponsored by 11 mining companies and suppliers.
At the University of Queensland, Mohsen is collaborating with colleagues in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. 

Key Publications

Yahyaei, Mohsen, Hilden, Marko, Shi, Fengnian, Liu, Lian X., Ballantyne, Grant and Palaniandy, Sam (2016). Comminution. In Henk G. Merkus and Babriel M.H. Meesters (Ed.), Production, Handling and Characterization of Particulate Materials (pp. 157-199) Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20949-4

M. Yahyaei, M.S. Powell, P. Toor, A. Tuxford, A. Limpus, 2015, Relining efficiency and liner design for improved plant performance, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 83, pp. 64-75

M. Yahyaei, N.S. Weerasekara, M.S. Powell, 2015, Characterisation of superficial breakage using multi-size pilot mills, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 81, pp. 71-78

Gh.A. Parsapour, M. Hossininasab, M. Yahyaei, S. Banisi, 2014, Effect of settling test procedure on sizing thickeners, Separation and purification technology, Vol. 122, pp. 87–95, 2014

P. Ghobadi, M. Yahyaei, S. Banisi, 2011, Optimization of the performance of the flotation circuits using a genetic algorithm oriented by process-based rules, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Vol. 98, pp. 174-181

Full list of publications available on espace


Mohsen is currently leading the AMIRA P9Q project with AUD 3.1 million funding.