Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC)

Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

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Mineral flotation - molten metal

Research and education are imperative to the ongoing vitality and success of the minerals industry. The JKMRC has worked in close partnership with global mining companies for almost 50 years and has developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative research outcomes. The JKMRC is the largest Australian research centre in its field and collaborates with major mining and mineral processing research groups worldwide. The research activities are sponsored by most of the major mining companies around the world as well as equipment and technology providers. JKMRC produces world-class research outcomes applicable to a range of commodities. The key research goals are to maximise resource utilisation and to minimise energy and water use. Research and postgraduate training programs deal with challenges in exploration, geometallurgy, comminution, separation and flotation. Other research areas include coal breakage and coal preparation.

Website http://www.jkmrc.uq.edu.au

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Comminution
  • Flotation
  • Mineral Characterisation
  • Geometallurgy
  • Process modelling, simulation and optimisation

Facilities and major equipment

  • Pilot Plant
  • Mineral Characterisation Research Facility
  • Geometallurgy Laboratory
  • Flotation Laboratory
  • Instrument Laboratory

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


The University of Queensland Experimental Mine, 40 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly, 4068

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • The Optimisation of Mineral Processes by Modelling and Simulation
  • the world's largest mineral processing research program
  • Global Comminution Collaborative
  • AMIRA P843A Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine modelling projectt

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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