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Prof Hylke J Glass

Rio Tinto Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering


Telephone: 01326 371823

Prof. Hylke J. Glass is the Rio Tinto Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Camborne School of Mines (CSM) since October 2001. His research focusses on integrated mining and minerals extraction, including specific interest in methods for:

  • cobalt and copper geometallurgy in action
  • understanding process dynamics (through a digital 'twin')
  • block cave sequencing
  • sensor-based preconcentration
  • selective reprocessing of tailings
  • geothermal resource recovery
  • post-mining revegetation

The research has attracted significant support from the mining industry, UK research councils, and EU funding programmes. Prof. Glass is currently the University of Exeter Principal Investigator for the following projects:

  • 'Beyond Biorecovery: environmental win-win by biorefining of metallic wastes into new functional materials' (B3)
  • 'Cobalt: the roles of Geology, Geomicrobiology and Geometallurgy in its mineral formation and recovery' (COG3)
  • Eden Geothermal project - unlocking in situ mineral and energy resources (£16M)

He is Co-Investigator in the following project:

  • Deep Digital Cornwall - creating a world-leading cluster of research-intensive digital businesses in Cornwall.

He was the Exeter Principal Investigator of two EU-funded projects (2013 - 2018):

  • 'Integrated system for MONItoring and control of product quality and flexible energy delivery in CALCination' (MONICALC). (EIT Raw Materials)
  • 'Sustainable Technologies for Calcined Industrial Minerals in Europe' (STOICISM, (EU FP7)

Prof. Glass lectures MSc and BEng students on resource modelling, geostatistics, sampling statistics, mineral processing, geometallurgy, and data analysis. He supervises PhD and MSc dissertation projects which are often related to industry.

Prof. Glass is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and serves, since June 2019, as Chair of the Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (MP&EM) board of IOM3.