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Prof Dee Bradshaw

Prof Dee Bradshaw

Director: Minerals to Metals
Professor and Research Supervisor; UCT hosted South African Research Chair: Mineral Beneficiation in Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cape Town
P/Bag Rondebosch 7700,
South Africa
t: +27 21 650 5508
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BScChemE UCT (1981), PhD UCT (1997)

Dee Bradshaw is the UCT hosted South African Research Chair: Mineral Beneficiation at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Director of UCT’s  Minerals to Metals Signature Theme. She is also  an Honorary Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland (UQ).

With over 30 years of experience, Dee’s background is in Flotation Chemistry and Process Mineralogy with her interests expanding into other aspects of the field as she continues to work towards the ‘Development of an Integrated Mineralogical Framework for Mineral Processing from ore deposit, through breakage and separation, including the effects of texture on liberation, of valuable from unwanted minerals to disposal of waste and tailings’ (first articulated in 2005).  Her activities at UCT include establishing the Depressant Research Facility in 1998 (now the Reagent Research Group) , Machine Vision (developing ‘SmartFroth’) in  1998, and the Process Mineralogy initiative in 2004. In 2007 she spent her sabbatical and with Rio Tinto at both the Centre for Operational and Technical Excellence in Bundoora, at Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation in Salt lake City and with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at UQ. From 2008, she was part of the leadership team and led the flotation research group Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) until Feb 2014. She has participated and lead themes in the AMIRA P9 and P843 projects (2009-2014).  She has been a visiting Professor at Hacettepe University, Turkey in 2014 and 2015.

She has supervised over 40 post graduate research students and co-authored over 150 journal and conference papers.  In 2013 she was recognised by the University of Queensland as a leader who nurtures and develops her graduate students, a concept she calls ‘Living Gold’ (‎).  


  • 2016 - present: SARChI Chair Mineral Beneficiation , hosted by Department of Chemical Engineering; Director of UCT’s Minerals to Metals Signature Theme, UCT
  • 2014 – 2015: Visiting Professor Hacettepe University, Honorary Professor , UQ
  • 2008-2014: Professorial Research Fellow, JKMRC, Sustainable Minerals Institute,  UQ
  • 2007: Research Sabbatical Rio Tinto, Sustainable Minerals Institute,  UQ
  • 1998-2005: Centre for Minerals Research , Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT

Research Interests
Developing technical levers in consideration of sustainability principles.
Process Mineralogy, Geometallurgy, Flotation, Leadership Development