The Team

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Dr Richmond Asamoah

Principal Investigator

Dr Richmond K. Asamoah is a mineral resource engineer who has blended his extractive and processing expertise with surface, interface and data science, creating a unique, sustainable opportunity for future mining industries He has over twelve years industry and academia experiences. He has specialised diagnostic and prognostic skills in laboratory operations for industry-specific methodical investigations, and simulation and modelling of process flowsheets.

Richmond holds BSc (Hons) Minerals Engineering and PhD Engineering (Minerals and Resources), obtained from the University of Mines and Technology and University of South Australia, respectively. He has authored/co-authored over forty top quality refereed journal articles and conference proceedings, and over seventy industry and consultancy reports. He has also received several acknowledgements for research and contributions on key challenges in recent years through honours/awards, and attracted funding of over $500 000.00. His research interests are in physical separation and beneficiation of complex mineral ores, bio-hydrometallurgy, machine learning and data analytics and integrated process optimisation.

Prior to his PhD studies, he has played vital role in mining companies, consulting firms and research groups, and have displayed very strong goal-oriented, research potential and commitment towards improving the current industry technologies by solving key pertinent challenges in a timely manner. Following his PhD studies, he has also worked as a mineralogist, technical officer and senior technical officer at the Future Industries Institute, providing edge cutting and specialised technical support to researchers and industry partners. More recently, he has supported South Australian small and medium-sized companies in addressing business critical and pressing problems or issues through the Future Industries Accelerator (A 7.5 million investment from the South Australian State Government)

Principal Supervisor

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Kwaku Owusu-Boateng

PhD Candidate

Kwaku Owusu Boateng is a PhD candidate of Minerals and Resources Engineering at the Future Industries Institute (FII), University of South Australia, Australia. His PhD research focuses closely at acoustic sensor information from both laboratory and industrial grinding mills, as a means of minimising energy usage and providing more consistent processing behaviour of varying ore properties, which forms part of the Research Consortia Programme (RCP) for “Unlocking Complex Resources Through Lean Processing” funded by the South Australia Premier’s Research and Industrial Fund (PRIF). Kwaku’s research interests lie in the area of iron and steelmaking, high-temperature metallurgical flow, materials and mineral processing, material recycling and acoustic signal application in mineral processing (comminution).

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Bismark Amankwaa-Kyeremeh

PhD Candidate

Bismark Amankwaa-Kyeremeh is a current PhD student at the Future Industries Institute (University of South Australia). Bismark has a B.Sc. Hons. in Minerals Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana. His research interest includes froth flotation and application of machine learning algorithms in froth flotation operation.



Philip Forson

PhD Candidate

Philip holds a BSc (Hons) Minerals Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana with hands-on industrial experience in the mineral processing arena. In the capacity of both a metallurgist and continuous improvement specialist, Philip has worked on a number of projects scoped around metallurgical testing, optimization, flow sheet design and process operation, alongside the use of lean six sigma for business improvement.

Currently, Philip is a PhD candidate with the Future Industries Institute of the University of South Australia undertaking an industry-sponsored project that looks at the separation of pyrite from arsenopyrite using froth flotation.


James Bradford Dankwah

PhD Candidate

James Dankwah is a first-year PhD student in Minerals and Resource Engineering at the University of South Australia (UniSA). James holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Minerals Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Ghana. His current research interest is in the area of coarse particle flotation where he seeks to explore the factors influencing the process and deduce means of its optimization.