Dr Elaine Wightman

Snr Res Fellow/Postgraduate Coord

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute
+61 7 334 65917


Dr Elaine Wightman has worked extensively with automated image analysis techniques, such as MLA and QEMScan, to characterise material throughout the mineral processing chain, from exploration drill cores, comminution, flotation, tailings and smelter products. She is currently the manager of the Mineralogical Services group at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre which supports research at the Centre through the provision of a number of mineral characterisation tools including: the Mineral Liberation Analyser (MLA), X-ray tomography, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and optical microscopy. Elaine’s most significant contribution to the field of process mineralogy relates to her involvement in research programs which seek to understand the contribution from the physical characteristics of particles to their behaviour during processing. This work has resulted in a number of publications in international journals and conference proceedings as well as the recently released SMI-JKMRC monograph “Process Mineralogy”.


  • PhD, S.Aust.
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Queensland


  • Song, Yarong, Wightman, Elaine, Kulandaivelu, Jagadeeshkumar, Bu, Hao, Wang, Zhiyao, Yuan, Zhiguo and Jiang, Guangming (2020). Rebar corrosion and its interaction with concrete degradation in reinforced concrete sewers. Water Research, 182 115961, 115961. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2020.115961

  • Song, Yarong, Wightman, Elaine, Tian, Yimei, Jack, Kevin, Li, Xuan, Zhong, Huiyun, Bond, Philip L., Yuan, Zhiguo and Jiang, Guangming (2019). Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete sewers. Science of The Total Environment, 649, 739-748. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.362

  • Tungpalan, Kate, Wightman, Elaine and Evans, Cathy (2019). Key ore textures influencing separation behaviour of ores. 15th SGA Biennial Meeting on Life with Ore Deposits on Earth, Glasgow, Scotland, 27-30 August, 2019. Geneva, Switzerland: Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA).

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  • Becker, M., Wightman, E. M. and Evans, C. L. eds. (2016). Process Mineralogy. JKMRC Monograph series in Mining and Mineral Processing, Brisbane, Australia: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre.

  • M. Becker, E. M. Wightman and C. L. Evans eds. (2016). Process Mineralogy. Brisbane, Australia: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre.

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