Mining Engineering

Sadan Kelebek

Sadan Kelebek


(613) 533-2207, Goodwin 341

Sadan Kelebek


S. (Shadan) Kelebek is an Associate Professor of Mineral Processing in the Department of Mining Engineering at Queen's University (Kingston). He obtained degrees from Istanbul University (B.Eng.) and McGill University (M.Eng. and Ph.D.).

He spent several years as postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at McGill University and CANMET's Fuel Processing Research Centre in Devon, Alberta. This was followed by about eight years with Metallurgical Technology Centre and Strathcona Mineral Processing Operations of Falconbridge Ltd. in the Sudbury district.

Dr. Kelebek's research interests include kinetics, thermodynamics of reagent interactions in simulated process environment, surface phenomena in mineral processing, reactivity and stability of sulphide minerals in tailing environments, recycling, dewatering and waste utilization, coal processing, recovery of fine particles, concentrator circuit analysis and design. Current emphasis is on flotation of complex sulphides and associated selectivity problems, primarily in relation to the rejection of iron sulphides and recovery of colloidal red-mud particles generated in the Bayer Process.

The courses he teaches include Mine 221 (with emphasis on process calculations) and Mine 455 (with emphasis on design and operational aspects of mineral processes). He is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence for the 1998-99 academic year at Queen's University. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of "Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly".


Queen's University Research Initiation Fund, NSERC, Falconbridge Ltd., Los Pelambres Mines Ltd., ALCAN International Inc.


Recent Journal Papers:

Cushing, A.M.L., Yalcin, E., and Kelebek, S., "Solution Equilibria and Adsorption of DETA-Cu Complexes in the Tailing Environment", Environmental Sci. & Technology, Submitted, August 2012.

Ozdeniz, A.H. and Kelebek, S. "Effect of Ambient Conditions on Self-Heating Characteristics of a Complex Sulphide Ore Stockpile" Journal of Mining Science. Submitted, August 2012.

Ozdeniz, A.H. and Kelebek, S. "Self-Heating Characteristics of a Sulphide Ore Stockpile" Journal of Mining Science and Technology. Submitted, August 2012.

Southern, I., and Kelebek, S., "Separation and Characterisation of Metallurgical Residues from Old Smelter bricks for Recycling", Waste Management & Research, Submitted, August 2012.

Yalcin, E., Yang, G., and Kelebek, S., "Further Considerations on the Kinetics of Gold Flotation; Effect of Aggregation vs Lime", International Journal of Mineral Processing, Under revision, 2012.

Lu, T.,Pickles, C., and Kelebek. S., "Carbothermal Reductive Upgrading of a Bauxite Ore Using Microwave Radiation", High Temperature Materials and Processes, 2012, 31(2), 139-148.

Kelebek, S. and Nanthakumar, B. "Alteration of Chalcopyrite's Surface Chemistry During Stockpiling and Its Impact on Flotation" CIM Journal, In press (Vol. 3, No. 3), 2012.

Yalcin, E. and Kelebek, S., "Flotation Kinetics of a Pyritic Gold Ore" International Journal of Mineral Processing, 98, 48-54, 2011.

Tukel, C., Kelebek S. and Yalcin, E. "Eh-pH Stability Diagrams for Analysis of Polyamine Interaction with Chalcopyrite and Deactivation of Cu-Activated Pyrrhotite" Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly, Vol 49, No 4, 411-418, 2010.

Tukel, C., Kelebek S. "Modulation of Xanthate Action by Sulphite Ions in Pyrrhotite Deactivation/Depression", International J. of Mineral Processing, 95, 47-52, 2010.

Patents Obtained or Applied For

Kelebek, S. , Wells, P.F., Fekete, S.O., Burrows, M.J. and Suarez, D.F., "Process for Improved Separation of Sulfide Minerals or Middlings Associated with Pyrrhotite", U.S. Patent 5,795,466, (1998), Canadian Patent 2,151,316, (2000).

Kelebek, S., Wells, P.F. and Fekete, S.O., "Selective Flotation Process for Separation of Sulfide Minerals" , U.S. Patent 5,411,148 (1995), Canadian Patent 2,082,831, (1996)

Heinrich, G.W., Kelebek. S., Huls, B.J. and Finch, J.A., "Flotation Grinding Column," Canadian Patent App. # 2,059,713-5

Recent conference proceedings

Yalcin, E., Cushing, A.M.L., and Kelebek, S., "Solution Equilibria and Adsorption Tendencies of Complexed Cu ions in Mining Environment", presented at "Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems", (eds. M. Ban et al.), p. 166, 2012, July 1 - 6, 2012, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.

Southern, I and Kelebek, S. "Nickel and Copper recovery from Old Smelter Bricks Using Flotation", Proceedings of "Water, Air and Land: Sustainability Issues in Mineral & Metal Extraction", (eds. C. Jia et al.) COM 2012, Niagara Falls, Oct.1-3, 2012.

Bicer, I, A.H. Ozdeniz, and Kelebek, S., "An investigation on Spontaneous Combustion of GLI Tuncbilek Coal in Relation to the Natural Compaction of Its Stockpile", Proceedings of the 18th Coal Congress, Turkey, Zonguldak, 281-287, June 06-08, 2012.

Yalcin, E., and Kelebek, S."Bulk Flotation Characteristics of a Sulphidic Gold Ore from the Barry District of Quebec", World Gold 2011 Proceedings, (eds.; G. Deschene and J. Bouchard), Montreal, October, 2011.

Kelebek, S., Davidson, M.S., and Benk, A. "Floatability and Leachability of a Mixed Copper Sulphide/Non-Sulphide ore", European Metallurgical Conference, Proceedings, 939-955 (ed.; GDMB), 2011.

Kelebek, S. Reeves, S., El Jundi Z., and Ozdeniz, H."Separation Characteristics of Chalcopyrite and Pyrite via Bench Scale Flotation Investigations", Copper 2010, (eds. Michael Kopke et al.) p. 2765-2779, 2010.


  • Process Calculations
  • Elements of Mineral Processing
  • Design Analysis and Operation of Mineral Processes
  • Process investigations
  • Mineral Processing and the Environment