Dr Francois Vos


Sustainable Minerals Institute


I am a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineer with more than 12 years of experience in the mineral processing industry. I completed my PhD in mineral processing at The University of Queensland in 2016. I am an experienced researcher and have been active in this field since 2004 with projects that involve one-on-one activities with industry sponsors as well as larger, collaborative projects with multiple research institutes as well as industry sponsors.

Having spent time in both the academic and industry space I am well versed in translating strategic industry needs to technical knowledge gaps, and this is most recently evidenced through the research undertaken as part of my PhD. Here I applied my knowledge of mining industry needs and developed the technical knowledge-base that will in future allow for a more robust forecasting of the expected processing behaviour of mineral resources. The outcomes were based on complex data obtain from industrial operations and my strong background in data analysis and statistical methods allowed me to draw solid insights and conclusions from this information.

I have very strong communication skills as is evidenced in my publication list that includes peer-reviewed technical journals as well as conference papers and presentations. To date, I have worked with many different facets within mineral processing which has broadened my overall knowledge and interests I enjoy working in a multi-talented team and my primary career objectives include:

Skills development – using my Research and Industry knowledge and experience to develop people and their communities.

Productivity and Innovation – use my strong background in research, data analysis and statistics to identify and implement innovative improvement initiatives.

Research Impacts

Francois provides leadership to a team to deliver the outcomes of a site-based study. This has identified the potential for process improvements when treating a new ore and include higher throughput, recovery and lower costs. Francois has a strong value-based approach to working with sites and has also identify bottlenecks within process circuits that include the impact of fine clay-like material on flotation, the preventable re-treatment of concentrates and circuit layouts to give flexibility to better manage ore changes.

He also mentors and coaches students and on-site metallurgists.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Engineering, University of Pretoria
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honors), Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education


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