JP Franzidis

University of Cape Town

JP Franzidis studied chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and worked briefly in the mining industry before obtaining his PhD from the Open University in the U.K.

He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at UCT in 1983, and was involved in flotation research for over 30 years, publishing over 100 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. In 1996, he moved to the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland, to lead the AMIRA P9 project.

He returned to UCT in 2007 as the founding Director of UCT’s Minerals to Metals Signature Theme and UCT’s inaugural South African National Research Chair in Mineral Beneficiation. He was instrumental in establishing UCT’s Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree specializing in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development, now in its fifth year.

He retired from UCT at the end of 2014, and lives in Australia, where he devotes himself to improving the writing skills of postgraduate students (and their supervisors!).

He continues to participate in the MPhil at UCT, as part of the teaching team of the Research Methodology and Communication course.

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