Academic Staff

Dr Lawrence Bbosa

BSc Electro-Mechanical Engineering UCT (2005), MSc Chem Eng UCT (2008), PhD Chem Eng UCT (2013)


Lawrence Bbosa has a BSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (2005), and an MSc in Chemical Engineering (UCT- 2008). He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the same institute in 2013, which focused on computational modelling of tumbling mills. At the Centre for Minerals Research, he has worked on several projects and tasks including collaborative work with researchers from institutions worldwide. This work has been published and presented in international journals and conferences. He has gained industrial experience drawn from several surveys to minerals processing circuits in Johannesburg. In 2013, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and currently teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programme.


July 2013 – present Senior Lecturer, Dept of Chemical Engineering
Jan 2009 – June 2013 Senior Scientific Officer, CMR

Research Interests

Ore breakage characterization, Computational modelling of comminution devices, Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT)


Selected Publications 

​​​​​​​Bbosa, L.S., Govender, I., and Mainza, A.N., A probability based model for the power draw of a tumbling mill, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Volume 149, 10 April 2016, Pages 94-103

Presented a paper entitled: A probability based model for the Power Draw of a tumbling mill. International Mineral Processing Congress 2014, Santiago, Chile, October 20-24, 2014.

Presented a paper entitled: Modelling impact damage and breakage of a particle bed using SPH and DEM. I International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Montreal, Canada, August 21-26, 2016