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Prof. John Monhemius

  • Forename: John
  • Surname: Monhemius
  • Primary Position: Uranium Processing Specialist
  • Secondary Position: Professor in Hydo-Metallurgy

Brief CV

Emeritus Professor John Monhemius held the Roy Wright Chair in Mineral and Environmental Engineering at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, UK, until December 2004, when he retired from full-time academic work. Professor Monhemius has more than 40 years experience of academic research in hydrometallurgy and environmental control in mining and metallurgical processes, particularly in the management of toxic wastes and effluents, and he has acted as a consultant to many large mining and chemical companies. He has published over 130 papers in scientific and technical journals and conferences and has supervised more than 30 PhD theses and many MSc theses. He was a co-founder and director of Consort Research Ltd., a consultancy specialising in gold and base metal ore processing. In 1994, he received the Gold Medal of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy for research into the extraction of gold and in 1995, the MIRO John Phillips Medal for innovation and application of technology for the development of stable arsenical compounds for disposal of arsenic. Currently, he is a member of Council of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is Board Chairman of the Division of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. He is also chairman of the newly-formed International Mining and Minerals Association (IMMa). From 2000 to his retirement in 2004, he was Dean of the Royal School of Mines. Recent Publications (2000 onwards) Monhemius A.J. and Swash P.M. "Removing and stabilising arsenic from copper refining circuits by hydrothermal processing." J. Metals, September 1999, 30-33. Swash P.M., Monhemius A.J. and Schaekers J.M. "Solubilities of process residues from biological oxidation pretreatments of refractory gold ores." In "Minor Elements 2000: Processing and Environmental Aspects of As, Sb, Se, Te and Bi", C. Young (ed.), SME, Littleton, USA, 2000, 115-123. Monhemius A.J. “Man, Minerals and Environment.” In “Highlights in Environmental Research”, J.Mason (ed.), Imperial College Press, London, 2000, 67-90. Correia M.J.N, Carvalho J.R. and Monhemius A.J. “The leaching of tetrahedrite in ferric chloride solutions.” Hydrometallurgy, 57(2), 2000, 167-179 Monhemius A.J. “Mining and sustainable development: are they compatible?” Presented at “Creating Sparks” – Brit. Assoc. Annual Meeting, London, September, 2000. Correia M.J.N, Carvalho J.R. and Monhemius A.J. “The effect of tetrahedrite composition on its leaching behaviour in FeCl3-NaCl-HCl solutions.” Minerals Engineering, 14(2), 2001, 185-195 119) Monhemius A.J. “The Royal School of Mines – 150 years of excellence.” International Mining & Minerals, No. 41, IMM, May 2001, 13-16. E.G. Palacios and A.J. Monhemius “Infrared spectroscopy of metal carboxylates. I. Determination of free acid in solution.” Hydrometallurgy, 62(3), 2001, 135-143. Tarasova, I.I., Georgaki I., Dudeney, A.W.L. and Monhemius A.J. "Re-use of iron-rich water treatment sludges" In Environmental Issues and Management of Waste in Energy and Mineral Production, Ciccu, ed. (Grafiche Ghiani, Monastir, 2002) p1087-1093 (Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Management of Waste in Energy and Mineral Production (SWEMP 2002), Cagliari, Sardinia, October 7-10, 2002). Dehghani A., Monhemius A.J and Gochin R.J. “Evaluating the Nakajima et al. model for rectangular-aperture screens” Minerals Engineering, 15, 2002, 1089-1094. Ndlovu S. and Monhemius A.J. “The influence of crystal orientation on the bacterial dissolution of pyrite.” Proceedings of the International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium (IBS 2003), Athens, Sept. 2003. Ndlovu S. and Monhemius A.J. “Correlations between reaction rates and the evolution of corrosion pits in the bacterial leaching of pyrite.” Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (Trans Inst. Min. Metall. C) 112, 2003. Georgaki I., Dudeney A.W.L. and Monhemius. A. J. “Characterisation of iron-rich sludge: correlations between reactivity, density and structure.” Accepted for publication in Minerals Engineering


  • BSc Minerals Engineering (1st Hons)
  • MASc Metallurgical Engineering
  • CEng
  • PhD
  • DIC Metallurgy

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  • English: 10

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