Dr Pia Lois Morales

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute
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Pia is Geologist (Hons) from the University of Chile. She worked as a Geomet consultant in Chile before joining SMI as a PhD student. She holds an MSc degree where she studied the physicochemical impacts of gangue minerals in comminution chemical environment and during her PhD’s project she investigated the influence of different textural arrangements over the minimum breakage energy of altered granite rocks. She has experience in data processing, image analysis, geometallurgical modelling, geochemical modelling, samples-test selection for circuit optimisation. Currently, she is Research Office at SMI-JKMRC for the Advance Process Prediction and Control (APPCO) Program


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Science, UChile


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