The Jameson Cell: How it revolutionised mineral processing

9 Apr 2014


Professor Graeme Jameson's invention, the Jameson Cell, has been one of the most significant Australian inventions of the past three decades.

First used commercially in 1989, the Jameson Cell has improved the efficiency of the recovery process of fine valuable particles, and led to a substantial positive impact on the economics and the greenhouse emissions associated with mining ventures.

It has helped to create wealth for the country, job opportunities and the export of high-technology equipment and expertise. In addition, it adds more than $3 billion in minerals exports to the Australian economy annually and is used in more than 300 mineral processing plants across 20 countries.

Laureate Professor Jameson is Director of the Centre for Multiphase Processes at the University of Newcastle. His awards and honours include being elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of
Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (London), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and receiving an AO Order of Australia Medal in 2005.

In 2013 he was awarded the world's most prestigious award in mineral processing, the Antoine M Gaudin medal, as well as being named the NSW Scientist of the Year.

Professor Jameson discussed the success of his Jameson Cell at this month's Science & Research Breakfast Seminar, hosted by NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane.

His presentation can be viewed here.