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Jennifer Lee Broadhurst

Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

Dr Broadhurst has 30 years research and development experience in the field of mineral’s beneficiation within various industry and academic organisations. Since joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT in July 2001, Dr Broadhurst has been involved in a number of research and capacity development activities relating to the environmental and other sustainability issues of relevance to the coal-based power generation and primary metal production industry sectors. Such activities include project management of the Minerals to Metals Signature Theme, and co-supervision of under-graduate, post-graduate and contractual research projects. Dr Broadhurst is also involved in the development and presentation of under-graduate (4th year) and post-graduate (MSc) courses pertaining to acid rock drainage and environmental issues in hydrometallurgy. Dr Broadhurst is also currently actively involved in developing inter and trans-disciplinary research capacity and has been actively involved in the establishment and application of a new trans-disciplinary and multi-institutional masters course in the Management of Mineral Resources for Sustainable Development in Africa, as part of the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa initiative under the auspices of the United Nations University.


2015-present: Chief Research Officer, Minerals to Metals Initiative, University of Cape Town.
2011-2014: Contractual Senior Research Officer, Minerals to Metals Initiative, University of Cape Town
2009-2010: Post doctoral research fellowship: Minerals Beneficiation, University of Cape Town
2007-2008: Contractual research scientist & Project Coordinator of the Minerals to Metals Initiative, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
2001-2006: Chief Research Scientist & PhD student, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
1997-1999: Consulting Process and Environmental Chemist, JLB Consultancy
1988-1997: Senior-Principal Research Metallurgist, Billiton Process Research, Billiton
1985-1988: Temporary Lab assistant & MSc student, Chemistry Department, University of Port Elizabeth
1982-1985: Scientist, Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa
Research Interests
Tools and metrics for evaluating environmental and broader sustainability performance of primary metal production processes; characterisation and management of solid mineral wastes; acid rock drainage prediction and mitigation, value from waste, distribution behaviour and impacts of minor and trace elements across the entire ore-to-metal chain, development and application of trans-disciplinary approaches to the complex sustainability issues of relevance to the minerals industry.


  • –present
    Chief research officer, Minerals to Metals Initiative Department of Chemical Engineering