Pia Lois-Morales

PhD candidate
The University of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD

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Chilean by origin but currently living in Australia. I am geologist with formation and experience in geometallugy and applied mineralogy, mainly in Cu and Fe deposits.
Currently, last year PhD candidate in mineral processing/geometallurgy at SMI JKMRC at The University of Queensland-Australia.

Since i graduated in 2012 my focus has been to relate geological characteristics of ore deposits to its metallurgical response, in order to improve current processing performance and design stages. Through experimentation and analysis of different datasets (geological databases from different sources, batch experiments, plant trials and plant information) i've developed understanding of the influence of geological characteristics into minerals processing.

I did a master thesis which focused in multivariate statistical analysis of flotation performance of different sulphides zones.On my PhD thesis, i'm focused on understanding the rock characteristics that affect comminution performance. I also worked for 2 years in Chile as a consultant for geomet projects in the different stages of the mineral processing from flotation to tailing thickening process. So, i have experience in data analysis, geometallurgical modelling, geochemical modelling, samples-test selection for circuit optimisation. And skills in Matlab, Python programming languages, image analysis using object oriented softwares and microsoft office.

I believe that the technological revolution that we are facing will lead us to predict processing characteristics of rocks much earlier in the mining chain which can change the way that we design our mine for a more sustainable future.

Pia identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.