Academic Staff

Professor David Deglon

BSc ChemE Witwatersrand (1989), PhD UCT (1999), MBA UCT (2002)

BackgroundDavid Deglon is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He has a BSc Chemical Engineering (Wits, 1989), a PhD (UCT, 1999) and an MBA (UCT, 2002). He worked for some years within the Rand Mines group as a metallurgist on coal, gold and platinum operations. He left Rand Mines in 1992 and joined UCT as a research officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering. In 1996 he was appointed as a senior lecturer and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2010. In 2013 he was appointed as the Anglo American Platinum Chair in Minerals Processing and Director of the Centre for Minerals Research. The Centre for Minerals Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre consisting of 35 staff and 40 to 50 postgraduate students. His primary research focus is in the area of flotation cells, including related research in the areas of computational fluid dynamics and slurry rheology. He is a National Research Foundation B rated researcher, a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and Vice-Chairman Designate for the International Mineral Processing Council.


2013-present Anglo American Platinum Professor of Minerals Processing
2010-2012 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
2006-2010 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
1996-2006 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1994-1996 Chamber of Mines Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1992-1994 Mineral Processing Research Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering
1990-1992 Metallurgical Engineer, Rand Mines (Mining & Services Ltd)


Research Interests

Computational fluid dynamics, flotation cells, metallurgical accounting

Selected Publications

Dabic, M, Deglon, DA and Meyer, CJ, 2016. CFD-DEM simulation of fluid suspended particle response behaviour subject to transverse acoustic standing sields. Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 16(1), 1-13.

Safari, M., Harris, MC, Deglon, DA, Filho, L.L., Testa, F., 2016. The effect of energy input on flotation kinetics. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 156, 108-115.

Appa, H, Deglon, DA, and Meyer, CJ, 2014. Numerical modelling of mass transfer in an autoclave, Hydrometallurgy. 147-148, 234-240.

Ndlovu, BN, Forbes, E, Farrokhpay, S, Becker, M, Bradshaw, D and Deglon, DA, 2014. A preliminary rheological classification of phyllosilicate group minerals. Minerals Engineering, 55, 190-200.

Bepswa, PA and Deglon, DA, 2013. Numerical investigation of a heuristic methodology for designing precise metal accounting measurement networks. Minerals Engineering, 42, 50-61.