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Pengbo Chu

Nevada Gold Mines Professor


  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, CanmetMINING, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Dec 2017 – Dec 2019
  • Research Assistant, Norcast Wear Solutions, Toronto, May 2010 - Aug 2010
  • Research Assistant, Pulp and Paper Research Center, Montreal, May 2017 - Aug 2018
  • Research Assistant, Novelis Global Technology Center, Kingston, Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

About the  Nevada Gold Mines Professorship

Nevada Gold Mines, the gold industry leader, supports the Mackay School through this visiting professorship. Established: 2010. (Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering)

Research interests

  • Interfacial phenomena, e.g., fine particle/particle/bubble interaction, bubble acoustics
  • Particle tracking and image processing
  • Beneficiation of critical minerals from primary and secondary resources
  • Optimization of mineral processing systems using machine learning, data analytics, etc.
  • Development of enhanced dry processing techniques

Courses taught

  • MET422/622 Advanced Mineral Processing
  • MET423/623 Comminution


  • Ph.D. Materials Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 2017
  • M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 2012
  • B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 2009

Select publications

  • P. Chu, J.A. Finch, G. Bournival, S. Ata, C. Hamlett and R. Pugh, A review of bubble break-up. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 270(2019), pp.108-112. 
  • C.Marion, T. Grammatikopoulos, S.Rudinsky, R. Langlois, H. Williams, P. Chu, M. Awais, R. Gauvin, N.A. Rowson and K.E. Waters, A mineralogical investigation into the pre-concentration of the Nechalacho deposit by gravity separation. Minerals Engineering, 121(2018), pp.1-13. 
  • P. Chu, R.H. Li, R.A. Pax and J.A. Finch, Using sound to study the effect of frothers on the break-away of air bubbles at an underwater capillary, Langmuir, 33(13) (2017), pp.3200-3207.
  • P. Chu, K.E. Waters and J.A. Finch, Break-up in formation of small bubbles: An energy consideration, Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly, 56(1) (2017), pp.30-34. 
  • P. Chu, K.E. Waters and J.A. Finch, Break-up in formation of small bubbles: Break-up in a confined volume. Colloid and Surfaces A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects, 503 (2016), pp.88-93.
  • P. Chu, K.E. Waters and J.A. Finch, Break-up in formation of small bubbles: Comparison between low and high frother concentrations, Minerals Engineering, 96-97 (2016), pp.15-19.

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