Erin Bobicki

Assistant Professor (MSE/ChemE)
Ph.D. (Alberta)
Room: WB150B | Tel.: 416-978-5427 | Email:


Honours & Awards

Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2013
NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship, 2013
Engineers Canada Manulife Financial Scholarship, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral, 2012
Prairie Mines Environmental Engineering Scholarship, 2012

Research Areas

Microwave applications in metallurgy
Slurry rheology
Comminution energy reduction
Saline/recycle water use in minerals processing

Research Interests

Reduction of water and energy use in mineral processing; processing of low-grade ores; surface and colloid chemistry; interfacial phenomena; slurry rheology in flotation and comminution; comminution energy reduction; coarse particle flotation; microwave properties of minerals; microwave pre-treatment for improved processability; saline and recycle water use in processing; tailings re-processing; tailings and wastewater treatment; holistic strategies for increasing the sustainability of mining and mineral processing operations.

Select Publications

Forster, J., Maham, Y., Bobicki, E.R. (2018) Microwave heating of magnesium silicate minerals. Powder Technology. 339:1-7.

Irfan, M.F., Bisson, T.M., Bobicki, E.R., Arguelles-Vivas, F., Xu, Z., Liu, Q., Babadagli, T. (2018) CO2 storage in saline aquifers by dissolution/penetration mechanisms. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 548:37-45.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. and Zeng, H. (2012) Carbon capture and storage using alkaline industrial wastes. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. 38(2):302-320.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z., Manchak, N., Xu, M. (2013) Effect of microwave pre-treatment on grindability of ultramafic nickel ores. Proceedings of the Conference of Metallurgists 2013, 9th UBC-McGill Symposium on Fundamentals of Mineral Processing, October 27-31, 2013. Montreal, QC. 8pp.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. (2014) Ligand-promoted dissolution of serpentine in ultramafic nickel ores. Minerals Engineering. 64:109-119.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. (2014) Effect of microwave pre-treatment on ultramafic nickel ore slurry rheology. Minerals Engineering. 61:97-104.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. (2014) Microwave heating of ultramafic nickel ores and mineralogical effects. Minerals Engineering. 58:22-25.

Yang, D., Xie, L., Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Zeng, H., Xu, Z. (2014) Probing anisotropic surface properties and interaction forces of chrysotile rods by atomic force microscopy and rheology. Langmuir. 30(36):10809-10817.

Bobicki, E.R., Liu, Q., Xu, Z. (2015) Mineral carbon storage in pre-treated ultramafic ores. Minerals Engineering. 70:43-54.

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