Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy board
Welcome to the board pages of the Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Division. Our purpose is to serve all members of the IOM3 with interests in the processing of minerals to produce metals and other marketable products. We work closely with the other minerals-related divisions of the Institute, through the auspices of IMMa, to provide a focus both internally within the Institute and externally for the world-wide community of minerals engineers and extractive metallurgists.
The function of this website is to introduce the Division and its Board members and to explain our activities. I hope that you find this useful and would welcome any constructive comments.
Tony Francis, Chair
Scope & Mission
To learn more about how we intend to promote the professional interests of Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy (MP&EM) members within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and worldwide read our Mission and Scope statement.
PROFILES OF BOARD MEMBERS
TONY Francis FIMMM - MP&EM Chair
Tony Francis is a Chartered, graduate metallurgical engineer with extensive knowledge and experience gained from more than thirty years of activity in the metallurgical processing industries. Presently he is an Independent Consulting Metallurgical Engineer and owner/director of Francis Minerals Consulting Ltd. Previously Tony was the corporate Senior Metallurgist reporting to the COO, responsible for metallurgical and process issues related to operations and project development including managing engineering and testwork campaigns through to permitting and production. Responsible for successfully operating high tonnage ore processing plants at Superintendent level. Has wide experience of capital project work from inception and design to construction and commissioning.
Professor Hylke Glass MIMMM - MP&EM Vice-Chair
Prof. Hylke J. Glass is the Rio Tinto Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Camborne School of Mines (CSM) since October 2001. His research currently focuses on the development of methods for geometallurgy, the planning of block caving mines, strategies for sensor-based sorting of minerals, selective leaching of metals from ores, online assessment of metal bioaccessibility, and dynamics of post-mining revegetation and terragreening. The research has attracted significant support from the mining industry, UK
research councils, and EU funding programmes.
Prof. Glass is currently the Exeter Principal Investigator of two NERC projects:
'Beyond Biorecovery: environmental win-win by biorefining of metallic wastes into new
functional materials' (B3)
'Cobalt: the roles of Geology, Geomicrobiology and Geometallurgy in its mineral formation
and recovery' (COG3)
He is the Exeter Principal Investigator of two EU-funded projects
'Integrated system for MONItoring and control of product quality and flexible energy delivery in CALCination' (MONICALC). (EIT Raw Materials)
'Sustainable Technologies for Calcined Industrial Minerals in Europe' (STOICISM, www.stoicism.eu). (EU FP7)
Prof. Glass lectures MSc students on geostatistics, sampling statistics, and minerals engineering and BEng students on mining and minerals engineering. He supervises PhD
and MSc dissertation projects which are often related to industry.
Professor John Monhemius FIMMM - Past Chair of MP&EM
I started life in the RSM as a lowly assistant lecturer in the Metallurgy Department in the mid 1960s, in the heyday of the Nuffield Research Group in Extraction Metallurgy, which was led by Professor Denys Richardson, FRS. After taking five years to complete my PhD, followed by a three-year leave of absence from Imperial to teach hydrometallurgy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, I slowly worked my way up the academic ranks, eventually becoming (the last) Dean of the RSM in 2001, the year of our 150th Anniversary. I retired from the Deanship and full-time academia at the end of 2004. After two or three years enjoying the novelty of retirement, I staved off impending mental ossification by joining the board of Anglo Asian Mining plc, a junior gold mining company with assets in Azerbaijan, as a part-time NED. Since then, I’ve had great fun “doing it” instead of “teaching it” and have helped the company develop from a simple, small, open pit-heap leach, gold operation into a multi-mine company with heap leaching, agitation leaching and flotation facilities, producing copper concentrates, as well as 75koz of gold per year.
Mike Cave FIMMM - Editor of the MP&EM Newsletter
Mike Cave went to Zambia after graduating in metallurgy from Cambridge in 1968. He initially worked at Rhokana Smelter and the TORCO plant on the Copperbelt before transferring to the ISF/Sinter at Kabwe lead zinc mine. He was Manager Metallurgical at Kabwe and Mufulira before returning to the UK in 1987. He worked for Davy McKee Contracting Engineers in Stockton for 20 years (subsequently Aker Kvaerner, now Jacobs). This provided a more diverse range of experience including the commissioning of HZL’s ISF in Rajasthan India, a refractory gold ore circulating fluid bed roaster in Mali, a manganese sinter plant at Hotazel, South Africa and a lightweight aggregate sinter plant in China. He was also involved in many major studies including jarosite smelting in Holland, magnesia production in Australia and Saudi, zinc and copper smelters in India, ilmenite processing in Mozambique and clay calcining for brick manufacture in the UK. In 2007 he retired from full time work and formed his own company, Mike Cave Pyro Ltd as an independent consultant, though he finds living in the Lake District a full time occupation these days!
Mike was involved with the IMM Council from his return to the UK, chairing the Library committee for many years.
Dr Vasant Kumar FIMMM
Dr. Kumar, Head of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, has over 25 years of research experience in electrochemistry, energy and environmental devices, minerals chemistry and recycling of metals. He has published over 250 papers, 15 patents, 4 Chapters in Handbooks and 1 edited book (High energy density Li batteries, Wiley-VCH 2010; 2nd Edition, 2017). He has supervised over 35 PhD students, 25 post-doctoral researchers, 20 visiting students and hosted 10 visiting professors. Currently, Dr Kumar’s research group consists of 12 PhD students, 6 post-doctoral researchers, 2 technical staff and 4 visiting scientists working on a number of research products underpinned by harnessing of interfacial chemical reactions in a variety of applications that range from mineral carbonation to sensors to batteries, fuel cells and photocatalytic reactions. Dr Kumar is the Editor of IOM3s journal Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy since 2003.
Dr Kumar has founded 4 spin-out companies for manufacturing sensors (EMC Ltd, S4H Ltd, CNS Ltd) and energy devices (CamSES Ltd). He works very closely with industry and research organizations and has successfully transferred many technologies to industry. For example, Dr Kumar, has developed a new environmentally clean-process for recovering electro-active paste material from automotive- and off-grid renewables storage batteries for making new batteries (paste-to-paste recovery). Based upon a number of successful technical and financial evaluations, including by Johnson Control Solutions (USA), among the largest automotive battery company, Aurelius Environmental Ltd. have licensed the technology from the University of Cambridge and have set up a pilot-plant near Birmingham in 2016, with a view to globalize access to this technology. Dr Kumar is a Technological consultant to AEL for in the development of the pilot plant at Tipton and data for manufacturing plants under advanced discussions in the UK, Belgium, USA, China, Brazil, India, S Korea and Taiwan.
From another research, Dr Kumar has shown a method for using steel industry waste dust as a reagent for refining liquid iron, currently done using relatively expensive magnesium. Initial research work led to collaboration and successful plant trials with the steel industry in the UK and in China and currently, Dr Kumar as a technical consultant, is participating on collaborative full scale plant trials taking place in Slovakia between University of Cambridge, Carmeuse (Belgium) and US Steel.
David Meadows FIMMM
David Meadows graduated from Camborne School of Mines, England with a BSc (Hons) in Mineral Processing Technology. He has 31 years diversified international experience in the minerals processing – ranging from test programs, conceptual studies, feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, construction and commissioning. He has worked in North and Latin America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Australasia.
He started his career with operational roles in the gold and diamond mining industry of South Africa with Johannesburg Consolidated Investments and De Beers Consolidated Mines. In the late 1990’s he joined Bechtel International Mining and Metals in San Francisco, Santiago, Brisbane and Belo Horizonte. He then spent four years with Phelps Dodge working on Project Development for the Tenke Fungurume deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Climax Molybdenum Concentrator in the USA and joined Cerro Verde 1 in Peru as Commissioning Manager. In 2008 he moved to FLSmidth leading its Process Technology group globally across multiple copper and gold projects, together with development of its world class ore testing and mineralogical analysis facility. In 2015 he returned to Bechtel Mining and Metals in the USA as Global Manager Metallurgy. He is currently Manager Copper Center of Excellence.
He has published and presented over thirty papers covering a broad spectrum of mineral processing from geometallurgy to plant startups. He has been in the SME USA since 2000 and has actively lead the MPD Plant Design Committee for the last few years. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist (UK), Fellow of the IOM3, London, UK and QP status in the United States on America.
Professor Gawen Jenkin ProfGradIMMM
Gawen Jenkin is Professor in Mineral Resources at the University of Leicester. He has over 30 years experience as a geochemist and mineralogist with an emphasis on mineral exploration and ore genesis, in particular gold. Recent projects have included the Cononish gold deposit, Scotland, Cyprus VMS and a re-appraisal of Broken Hill mineralisation. Recently he has led a major collaboration with Prof. Andy Abbott in Chemistry at Leicester to develop the application of deep eutectic solvent ionic liquids to mineral processing, working together with mineral companies in the UK, Sweden, Peru and the Philippines. He is co-principal investigator on a current £3.3M NERC SoS consortium project “Tellurium and Selenium Cycling and Supply (TeaSe)” leading the work package on application of deep eutectic solvents to by-product recovery. He is also a co-investigator on the EU funded SOCRATES European Training Network for the sustainable, zero-waste valorisation of critical-metal-containing industrial process residues. He was Chair of the UK Mineral Deposits Studies Group 2010-2013. He is a SEG Fellow, Member of the Mineralogical Society and ProfGradIMMM. His mission is to bridge the gap between metallurgists and geologists, since if the ore can’t be processed it isn’t an economic deposit!
Dr Arun Vathavooran FIMMM
Arun Vathavooran graduated in Mining & Minerals Engineering from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka followed by his PhD in Mineral Processing from Nottingham University.
He has over 15 years of experience within the mining industry acquired over engineering, consulting and research roles. His experience includes coal preparation, base metal flotation, gold & silver hydrometallurgy, comminution circuit debottlenecking, and flowsheet modelling and process plant simulation. He has managed both laboratory and pilot plant test work campaigns for flotation and ultrafine grinding equipment and conducted flotation plant surveys and audits. Arun has developed conceptual process plant designs for gold and base metal projects and has held responsibility for equipment sizing, selection and plant cost estimation.
Arun is currently working as a consultant metallurgist within the Tetra Tech’s Mining & Mineral division based in Swindon. His responsibilities include testwork program management, process plant design and delivering the process section of the mining projects ranging from scoping to feasibility study level.
Dr Chris Boradbent FIMMM
Chris studied Geology at the University of Hull obtaining his BSc in 1978 before undertaking a PhD (1983) at the University of Birmingham in the Department of Minerals Engineering (Energy Recovery from Molten Slag). He has 6 years of research experience in academia (University of Birmingham and University of Aston) working on the utilisation of European Pb/Zn/Cu ores as swell as the energy recovery from slag – PhD topic – which was part of Prof Noel Warner’s Direct Ore Smelting project and the mineralogy of stoney meteorites, before embarking on almost 10 years of industrial research, initially with RTZ in Avonmouth working on the development of the Imperial Smelting Furnace and then Shell/Billiton at Billiton Research Arnhem – working on coal gasification ash and slag chemistry, FeNi smelting research and development of a high temperature oxidative process to treat mercury containing residues. In 1994 Chris moved into consultancy accepting a position of Principal Scientist within Wardell Armstrong. He headed the SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) Group before appointment as a Director in 2000. He now manages mining and metallurgical projects from the Firm’s London Office.
Chris has been responsible for a wide variety of commissions with Wardell Armstrong including provision of Expert Evidence in court cases involving the performance of metallurgical plant. These have included emissions to air and water from ferrous and non-ferrous foundries in the UK, kaolin plant in Galicia, Spain, aluminium smelters in Australia and New Zealand and metallurgical plant failure at a lead plant in France. He has managed ESIAs for mining and metallurgical projects and regularly works with major Financial Institutions (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, EBRD and others). He is currently acting as Bankers Engineer for the Oman Antimony Smelter currently under construction in Oman. He has dealt extensively with gold cyanidation projects and has expertise in cyanide management. In January 2015 he became the Project Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 EU funded project FAME (Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing) part of the EU’s Raw Materials Initiative aimed at facilitating better utilisation of European ores.
Chris has been a member of IOM3 for almost 40 years, was Official Correspondent in the Netherlands for the IMM, two times past president of the Western Institute of Mining (forerunner of current WIMM) and a council member of the IMM.
Dan Goodman ProfGradIMMM
Dan studied as an undergraduate in Chemistry at the University of Bath, before obtaining an MSc in Minerals Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines, graduating in 2013. He specialised in inorganic chemistry whilst at Bath and undertook a final year project at CSM based on process modelling of an Imerys Kaolin operation.
Following university, he commenced work for Jacobs based in the Stockton-on-Tees office as a graduate process engineer. The first 18 months after joining Jacobs were spent gaining a grounding in mineral processing plant design, working on a range of projects from feasibility to detailed design.
Given the opportunity for an international assignment the subsequent two years were spent working on a natural gas project in Oman. Project Engineer for the gas export pipeline and well sites, his time was split between the main project office in Muscat and the construction site in the Omani interior.
Returning to the UK to work in the newly restructured Mining and Minerals department at Jacobs Dan has spent the past year working as a process engineer on dry stack tailings and bulk solids handling projects. Dan is a member of the Younger Members Committee.
Dr Mike Butler MIMMM
Director of Minerals & Mining (Europe), Jacobs
Professor Stephen Neethling MIMMM
Professor in Minerals Processing, Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, London
Frances Perry, ProfGradIMM
Information Advisor, Tehchnical Library & Information Services, IOM3