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CEMPS funded PhD Studentship in Minerals Engineering: Analysis of the role of water and development of novel water reduction technology in flotation processing

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    Dr W Xie
    Prof K Jeffery
    Prof John Coggan
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Project Description

Location: Penryn Campus, University of Exeter, Cornwall TR10 9FE

Project Description:

The University of Exeter is one of the leading universities in the UK, a member of the UK’s Russell Group and ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (Times Higher Education). The University was involved in 158 projects in the European FP7 programme. It is already involved in 27 H2020 projects including leading on 13 projects, three of which are large collaborative grants. The Camborne School of Mines (CSM, www.exeter.ac.uk/csm) at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences has 128 years’ experience of research and teaching related to the extractive industries worldwide, with projects across the full mining spectrum from fundamental geology and exploration, through mining and processing to environmental and socioeconomic issues.

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at University of Exeter invites applications for a PhD position in the area of mineral processing. The successful candidate will be responsible for investigation of the role of water and development of novel water reduction technology in flotation processing.

The PhD student will work closely with other members of the research team at Camborne School of Mines in the University of Exeter (Penryn Campus, Cornwall).

Main tasks will include:
Investigation of the role of water in flotation processing.
Testing the floatability and frothability in fresh water and sea water for various kinds of ores (such as copper–gold ores, copper–molybdenum ores, Lead-Zinc ores, pyrite ores and iron ores) with novel measurement techniques.
Development of novel water reduction technology in flotation processing at lab scale based on the above findings.
Validation of technology in a relevant environment in a mineral processing plant.
Assessing the impact of these as a contribution to sustainable mineral industry.

As part of the PhD, it is expected that you will present your research results at both national and international conferences. PhD funding is available for 42 months.

Funding Notes

3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18)


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