Prof. Raj Rajamani has been on the faculty of the Metallurgical Engineering Department of the University of Utah since 1980. He has lots of experience in modeling large continuously operating mineral processes, including a variety of grinding equipment and hydrocyclones. He has been working on eddy current sorting of metallic particles for 15 years.
Philippe Blot has over 25 years of experience in the mineral and metallurgical process industries, as an engineer, consultant and entrepreneur. He has applied and implemented a variety of technology-based solutions to improve plant operations. For example, he has collaborated with Prof. Rajamani, liner manufacturers and mill operators on applying the MillSoft DEM simulator to design longer lasting mill liners and improve semi autogenous mill operations and throughput.
Also, Philippe was an integral part of a small team that used newly available EDXRF high resolution detector technology to develop and implement a low power multi-stream analyzer to monitor and control base metal sulfide floatation circuits; this commercial and engineering success lead to the sale of the PERI business to FLSmidth in June 2012.
The same methodology has been used for the EDX project: O2M Tech (Philippe Blot and Don Eggert’s company) was hired to perform the Techno-Economic Analysis and the Technology-2-Market effort of the Arpa-e grant from 2014 through 2017, develop an understanding of the urban mining / non ferrous metals recycling and sorting industry, and identify early technology adopters in this segment. Prof. Rajamani assembled a small team of experts and researchers (Dr. James Nagel, Dave Cohrs) to model and develop the core EDX technology. Together, they formed EDX Magnetics in February 2017 to license the EDX IP from the U of U TVC, continue the scientific developments, and commercialize the technology to the wider market.