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Prof David Deglon

Centre for Minerals Research
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700
South Africa

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BSc Chem Eng Witwatersrand (1989), PhD UCT (1999), MBA UCT (2002)


Professor David Deglon graduated with a BSc Chem Eng in 1989. He worked for some years within the Rand Mines group as a metallurgist on coal, gold and platinum operations. He left Rand Mines in 1992 and joined UCT as a part-time research officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The following year he was appointed as a technical officer of the Western Cape Mineral Processing Facility, a collaborative educational venture with the University of Stellenbosch and the Cape Technikon. In 1998 he was appointed as a senior lecturer within the Department of Chemical Engineering and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and professor in 2010. He was awarded a PhD degree in 1998 and an MBA in 2002. He currently holds the Anglo American Platinum Chair in Minerals Processing and is Director of the Centre for Minerals Research, a large multi-disciplinary research centre. His research areas include computational fluid dynamics, flotation and metallurgical accounting.


2013- Anglo American Platinum Professor of Minerals Processing
2010-2012 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
2006-2010 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
1996-2006 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1994-1996 Chamber of Mines Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1992-1994 Mineral Processing Research Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1990-1992 Metallurgical Engineer, Rand Mines (Mining & Services Ltd)

Research Interests

Computational fluid dynamics, flotation cells, metallurgical accounting

Selected Publications

Dabic, M, Deglon, DA and Meyer, CJ, 2016. CFD-DEM simulation of fluid suspended particle response behaviour subject to transverse acoustic standing sields, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 16(1), 1-13.

Safari, M., Harris, M.C., Deglon, D.A., Filho, L.L., Testa, F., 2016. The effect of energy input on flotation kinetics. International Journal of Mineral Processing, (In Press)

Appa, H, Deglon, DA, and Meyer, CJ, 2014. Numerical modelling of mass transfer in an autoclave, Hydrometallurgy, 147-148, 234-240.

Ndlovu, BN, Forbes, E, Farrokhpay, S, Becker, M, Bradshaw, D and Deglon, DA, 2014. A preliminary rheological classification of phyllosilicate group minerals. Minerals Engineering, 55, 190-200.

Appa, H, Deglon, DA, and Meyer, CJ, 2013. Numerical modelling of hydrodynamics and gas dispersion in an autoclave, Hydrometallurgy, 131-132, 67-75.