Rob Fitzpatrick (left) and Hylke Glass (right) with some of the recently acquired equipment for measurement of electrochemical processes.

State-of-the-art mining technology set to inspire next minerals processing engineers

Newly acquired state-of-the-art equipment will help The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) to dig up the next generation of talented minerals process engineers.

The equipment will allow students to measure in-situ, the dynamic aspects of electrochemical processes such as the dissolution of minerals and deposition of metals.

Professor Hylke Glass, Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering says: “This equipment enhances CSM’s capability to study complex chemical processes which take place during the leaching of minerals from ores and the subsequent separation of metals. The equipment will be fully integrated into laboratory practical sessions of the Extractive Metallurgy module, which is part of the MSc Minerals Processing programme, and support ongoing research.”

The equipment will be available for use on the new MSc Minerals Processing programme at the CSM, which will welcome its first cohort in September 2018.

Programme lead Dr Rob Fitzpatrick states: “The programme addresses the industrial need for more trained minerals process engineers, offering a great opportunity for undergraduates with chemistry, engineering, geology and other related backgrounds to enter the exciting field of mineral processing.”

“It provides an excellent opportunity for practical, hands-on learning, featuring the latest developments in mineral processing. The additional capability for continuous pilot-scale processing in the next few years will lead to an unrivalled learning experience. Students will also benefit from the wealth of expertise available in industry, particularly from mineral engineering companies based in the South West.”

The MSc Minerals Processing programme, including a part-time blended learning option for working professionals, is enthusiastically supported by the CSM Trust. The trust currently offers five scholarships worth 6 thousand pounds for successful applicants.

The CSM is an interdisciplinary mining school working at the forefront of a range of geoscience subjects including geology, mining engineering, mineral processing, sustainability and remediation.

Researchers at the school have particular expertise in intelligent mining, operational efficiency, sustainability, ore deposits and critical metals, and work extensively with industry to confront the challenges facing the sector.

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Date: 10 September 2018

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