Nigel Cook

Nigel Cook

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Nigel Cook is a mineralogist-geologist with research interests in complex ore deposits, sulphide mineralogy, geochemistry, mineral processing and geometallurgy. He obtained his PhD from the University of London, U.K. in 1988. He has worked in Canada, Germany and Norway before joining The University of Adelaide in 2009. He served as Director of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium and Director of the PRIF RCP Industry Consortium 'Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing'. Nigel is Past President of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD) and was Editor-in-Chief of Ore Geology Reviews between 2003 and 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the International Mineralogical Association Commission on Ore Mineralogy. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Kutina-Smirnov Medal "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of economic geology".

Research interests: sulphide mineralogy; distribution of trace elements in ore systems; geometallurgy, solid solution, mechanisms of trace element incorporation; location and migration pathways of radionuclides in sulphide ores; strategic elements, rare earth elements; uranium mineralogy; LA-ICP-MS microanalysis, South Australian Cu-AU-Au ores

2016-2020 Australian Research Council Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium, co-funded by BHP Olympic Dam, OZ Minerals, and the South Australian Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence

2016-2020 The FOX project project (Trace Elements in Iron Oxides), supported by BHP Olympic Dam and the South Australian Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence.

2018-2020 CRC-P: 'Intelligent vision, sensing and data fusion for mining and exploration' (Total Project Value: $4,640,052)

2018-2022 PRIF RCP Industry Consortium "Unlocking Complex Resources Through Lean Processing" (Total Project Value $14.6 million)

2020- ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources

2017, 2018, 2019

Introduction to Mineral Processing (Level 2)


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