Prof Malcolm Powell FAusIMM

Director Anglo American Centre for Sustainable Comminution JKMRC, Sustainable Minerals Institute University of Queensland

From a physics background, Malcolm worked at Mintek then established the comminution research and consulting groups at the University of Cape Town. He held the Professorial chair in sustainable comminution at the JKMRC of the University of Queensland for 10 years.

He aims to link fundamental research into applied outputs through the development of mechanistically correct but practical and robust process models. Malcolm has conducted applied surveying and site optimisation studies on over 60 plants worldwide. His interests cover liner design, SAG mill modelling and control, the unified comminution model (UCM), ore characterisation for multi-component modelling, and Flexible circuits – to utilise today’s equipment while enabling the uptake of tomorrows technology. These are published in over 150 articles.

Malcolm’s research vision is of integrated total process simulation as a tool for innovation – linking geology, mining, energy and size reduction, gangue rejection and recovery into flexible process design and process optimisation.

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