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Metallurgical Society

Webinar: Application of automated mineralogy analysis by SEM in extractive metallurgy

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Join the Metallurgical Society with their webinar: Application of automated mineralogy analysis by SEM in extractive metallurgy with speaker Elaine Wightman.

About this event

Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) has emerged as a powerful tool in the field of extractive metallurgy, revolutionising the way metal ores are characterised, processed, and optimized for efficient extraction.

In the context of ore characterisation, automated SEM enables rapid and accurate analysis of mineralogical and textural properties of ores, providing valuable insights into the mineralogical composition, grain size distribution, liberation characteristics, and mineral association of ores.

This information is critical for understanding the behaviour of ores during various metallurgical processes and helps in optimising the process parameters to maximise metal recovery and minimise energy consumption and environmental impacts.

This webinar will present an overview of the application of automated SEM in extractive metallurgy providing some examples that highlight its significance in ore characterisation, process optimization, and sustainability.


Dr Elaine Wightman

Senior Research Fellow
University of Queensland
Dr Elaine Wightman has more than 20 years of experience working with mineralogical characterisation techniques for a wide range of commodities across the metal value chain including: base and precious metals, diamonds, industrial minerals, coal, iron ore and battery metals.
She is currently the manager of the Mineralogical Services group at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) which offers a range of services to both researchers and industry. The use of automated tools for mineral characterisation has been core to many of Elaine’s research and teaching activities. She has developed a range of course materials, for both face-to-face and online delivery and is a co-editor of the book ‘Process Mineralogy’ which included contributions from many internationally recognised experts in the field.

Date and Time

Thursday, 22 June 2023
1.00pm – 2.00pm (UTC+10:00)


Members: Free
Non-Members: $30
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