XUMING WANG portrait
  • Research Professor, Metallurgical Engineering

Research Statement

 Research interesting in mineral processing and coal preparation; flotation separations; Surface chemistry; Particle/particle interaction and particle/bubble interaction; Flotation chemistry of industrial minerals and fossil energy minerals; Spectroscopic characterization of interfacial water and surfactant adsorptions using SFG spectroscopy, FTIR, and AFM; R&D on all-solid-state lithium battery. 


  • Xuming Wang (presenter), J.D. Miller, Fangqin Cheng, and Huaigang Cheng, Potash Flotation Practice for Carnallite Resources in the Qinghai Province, PRC, The 6th International Flotation Conference (Flotation '13), Cape Town, South Africa, November 18-21, 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2013.
  • Xuming Wang, Innovation on Environment Research, Central South University, Changsha, China, Invited Talk/Keynote, 6/27/2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/27/2013.
  • Xuming Wang (presenter), Bo Pan, Huaigang Cheng, and J.D. Miller, Flotation of Halite/Sylvite from Carnallite (KMgCl3.6H2O)With Dodecyl Morpholine, 2013 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 115th National Western Mining Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, February 27, 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/2013.


  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Eastern Asia
  • Northern America
  • South Africa

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • characterization using SFG spectroscopy, FTIR, AFM, Zeta potential meter, Surface tension meter. . Contact: Xuming Wang , 801-585-1797 , WBB 101.


  • Guangli Zhua & Yijun Cao, Yuhua Wang, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller, Dongfang Lu, Xiayu Zheng (2020). Surface chemistry features of spodumene with isomorphous substitution. Mineral Engineering. Vol. 146. Published, 01/2020.
  • Chao Wan & Hui Xu, Weiping Liu, Pengcheng Han, Xiyun Yang, Xuming Wang (2020). Novel Alkaline Method for the Preparation of Low-Chromium Magnesia. JOM. Vol. 72(1), 333-339. Published, 01/2020.
  • Weiping Liu & Hui Xu, Xichang Shi, Xiyun Yang, Xuming Wang (2019). Improved Lime Method to Prepare High-Purity Magnesium Hydroxide and Light Magnesia from Bischofite. JOM. Vol. 71(12), 4674-4680. Published, 12/2019.
  • Weiping Liu & Hui Xu, Zhixing Wang, Xuming Wang (2019). Adsorption of water and fatty acids at magnesium hydroxide surface from an MDS perspective. Surface Innovations. Vol. 7(5), 304-316. Published, 11/2019.
  • Weiping Liu & X Wang, JD Miller (2019). Collector Chemistry for Bastnaesite Flotation–Recent Developments. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review. Vol. 40(6), 370-379. Published, 11/2019.
  • Lu, Ying & X Wang, W Liu, E Li, F Cheng, JD Miller (2019). Dispersion behavior and attachment of high internal phase water-in-oil emulsion droplets during fine coal flotation. Fuel. Vol. 253, 273-282. Published, 10/2019.
  • Zhu, Guangli & Y Wang, X Wang, JD Miller, D Lu, X Zheng, Y Zhao, H Zheng (2019). Effects of grinding environment and lattice impurities on spodumene flotation,. Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China. Vol. 29(7), 1527-1537. Published, 07/2019.
  • C Gungoren & O Ozdemir, X Wang, SG Ozkan, JD Miller (2019). Effect of ultrasound on bubble-particle interaction in quartz-amine flotation system. Ultrasonics sonochemistry. Vol. 52, 446-454. Published, 04/2019.
  • Qinyu Zhu & Xuming Wang, and Jan D. Miller (2019). Advanced Nanoclay-Based Nanocomposite Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. Vol. 11(9), 8954-8960. Published, 03/2019.
  • Vu N. T. Truong, & 2397-2404 (2019). Interfacial Water Features at Air−Water Interfaces as Influenced by Charged Surfactants. J. Phys. Chem. B. Vol. 123. Published, 03/2019.
  • Venkata Atluri & Xuming Wang, Lei Pan, and Jan D. Miller, (2019). The Influence of Polysaccharides on Film Stability and Bubble Attachment at the Talc Surface. Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Vol. 36, 71-80. Published, 02/2019.
  • Atluri, Venkata & J Jin, K Shrimali, L Dang, X Wang, JD Miller (2019). The hydrophobic surface state of talc as influenced by aluminum substitution in the tetrahedral layer. Journal of colloid and interface science. Vol. 536, 737-748. Published, 02/2019.
  • Guangli Zhua & Xuming Wang, Enze Li, Yuhua Wanga, Jan D. Miller (2019). Wetting characteristics of spodumene surfaces as influenced by collector adsorption. Minerals Engineering. Vol. 130, 117-128. Published, 01/2019.
  • Guangli Zhu & Yuhua Wang, Xuming Wang, Fushun Yu, Jan D. Miller (2018). States of coadsorption for oleate and dodecylamine at selected spodumene surfaces. Colloids and Surfaces A. Vol. 558. Published, 12/2018.
  • Behzad Vaziri Hassas & Jiaqi Jin, Liem Xuan Dang, Xuming Wang, and Jan D Miller (2018). Attachment, Coalescence, and Spreading of Carbon Dioxide Nanobubbles at Pyrite Surfaces. Langmuir. Vol. 34, 14317-14327. Published, 11/2018.
  • Feng Jiang & Yuqian Chen, Shaohua Ju, Qinyu Zhu, Libo Zhang, Jinhui Peng, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). Ultrasound-assisted leaching of cobalt and lithium from spent lithium-ion batteries. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. Vol. 48, 88-95. Published, 11/2018.
  • Enze Li & Ying Lu, Fangqin Cheng, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). Effect of oxidation on the wetting of coal surfaces by water: experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. Vol. 54(4). Published, 10/2018.
  • Vu N.T. Truong & Liem X. Dang, Chen-luh Lin, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). Water film structure during rupture as revealed by MDS image analysis. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. Vol. 54(4), 1060-1069. Published, 10/2018.
  • Feng Jiang & Jiannan Pei, Shaohua Yin, Libo Zhang, Jinhui Peng, Shaohua Ju, Jan D.Miller, Xuming Wang (2018). Solvent extraction and stripping of copper in a Y-Y type microchannel reactor. Minerals Engineering. Vol. 127. Published, 10/2018.
  • Weiping Liu & Luther W. McDonald IV, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). Bastnaesite flotation chemistry issues associated with alkyl phosphate collectors. Minerals Engineering. Vol. 127 (2018), 286–295. Published, 10/2018.
  • Kaustubh Shrimali, & Venkata Atluri, Yan Wang, Sanket Bacchuwar, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). The nature of hematite depression with corn starch in the reverse flotation of iron ore. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Vol. 524, 337–349. Published, 08/2018.
  • Feng Jiang & Shaohua Yin, Libo Zhang, Jinhui Peng, Shaohua Ju, Jan D. Miller, Xuming Wang (2018). Solvent extraction of Cu(II) from sulfate solutions containing Zn(II) and Fe(III) using an interdigital micromixer. Hydrometallurg. Vol. 177, 116-122. Published, 05/2018.
  • Ying Lu & Enze Li, Huaigang Cheng, Xuming Wang, Zhiping Du, Fangqin Cheng & Jan D. Miller (2018). Effect of Oxygen Functional Groups on the Surface Properties and Flotation Response of Fine Coal, Comparison of Rank with Oxidation. International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization. Published, 05/2018.
  • Kaustubh Shrimali & Venkata Atluri, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller (2018). Adsorption of corn starch molecules at hydrophobic mineral surfaces. Colloids and Surfaces A. Vol. 546, 194-202. Published, 03/2018.
  • Xuming Wang & Jan D. Miller (2018). Dodecyl amine adsorption at different interfaces during bubble attachment/detachment at a silica surface. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. Vol. 54(1), 81-88. Published, 01/2018.
  • Kaustubh Shrimali & Xihui Yin, , Xuming Wang , Jan D. Miller (2017). Fundamental issues on the influence of starch in amine adsorption by quartz. Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Vol. 52255, 642-651. Published, 06/2017.
  • Yue lin & Yun Cheng, Jie Li, Jan D. Miller, Jin Liu and Xuming Wang, (2017). Biocompatible and biodegradable solid polymer electrolytes for high voltage and high temperature lithium batteries, . RSC ADVANCES. Vol. 7(40), 24856-24863. Published, 05/2017.
  • Weiping Liu, Xuming Wang, Hui Xu, J.D. Miller, Lauryl Phosphate Adsorption in the Flotation of Bastnaesite, (Ce,La)FCO3, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 490, 15 March 2017, Pages 825–833. Published, 03/2017.
  • Enze Li & Xuming Wang, Zhiping Du, Jan D. Millerc, Fangqin Cheng (2017). Specific anion effects on adsorption and packing of octadecylamine hydrochloride molecules at the air/water interface. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects. Vol. 522, 544-551. Published, 03/2017.
  • Y. Lin, X. Wang, J. Liu, J. D. Miller, Natural Halloysite Nano-clay Electrolyte for Advanced All-Solid-State Lithium- Sulfur Batteries, Nano Energy, 31, pp. 478–485 (2017). Published, 01/2017.
  • Kathy Liu & Yue Lin, Jan D. Miller, Jin Liu and Xuming Wang (2017). Study of sucrose based room temperature solid polymer electrolyte for lithium sulfur battery. Journal of The Electrochemical Society. Vol. 164(2), A447-A452. Published, 01/2017.
  • Jan D. Miller ⁎, Xuming Wang, Jiaqi Jin, Kaustubh Shrimali, Interfacial water structure and the wetting of mineral surfaces, International Journal of Mineral Processing, International Journal of Mineral Processing 156 (2016) 62–68. Published, 11/2016.
  • Zhijian Wu, Xuming Wang, Haining Liu, Huifang Zhang, Jan D. Miller, Some physicochemical aspects of water-soluble mineral flotation, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Available online 10 June 2016,. Published, 09/2016.
  • Kaustubh Shrimali, Jiaqi Jin, Behzad Vaziri Hassas, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller, The Surface State of Hematite and Its Wetting Characteristics, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2016 Sep 1; 477:16-24. Published, 09/2016.
  • Biao Liu, Xuming Wang, Hao Du, Jing Liu, Shili Zheng, Yi Zhang, Jan D. Miller, The surface features of lead activation in amyl xanthate flotation of quartz, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Volume 151, 10 June 2016, Pages 33–39. Published, 06/2016.
  • Yue Lin, Jie Li, Kathy Liu, Yexiang Liu, Jin Liu* and Xuming Wang*, Unique starch polymer electrolyte for high capacity all-solid-state lithium sulfur battery, Green Chemistry, 2016,18, 3796-3803. Published, 05/2016.
  • Weiping Liu, Xuming Wang, Zhixing Wang, J.D. Miller, Flotation chemistry features in bastnaesite flotation with potassium lauryl phosphate, Minerals Engineering 85 (2016) 17–22. Published, 01/2016.
  • Jing Liu, Xuming Wang, Chen-Luh Lin, Jan D. Miller, 2015, “Significance of particle aggregation in the reverse flotation of kaolinite from bauxite ore”, Minerals Engineering 78 (2015) 58–65. Published, 07/2015.
  • Guan Yunshan, Wu Jing, Cheng Wenting, LI Jianfeng, Cheng Fangqin, Wang Xuming, 2015, “Recovery of KCl crystalline product from highly concentrated KCl-MgCl2-H2O solution with membrane distillation crystallization”, CIESC Journal Vol. 66 No. 5, May 2015, 1767-1776. Published, 05/2015.
  • Yunshan Guan, Jianfeng Li, Fangqin Cheng, Jing Zhao, Xuming Wang, 2015, “Influence of salt concentration on DCMD performance for treatment of highly concentrated NaCl, KCl, MgCl2 and MgSO4 solution”, Desalination 355 (2015) 110–117. Published, 01/2015.
  • Xuming Wang, J.D. Miller, Fangqin Cheng, Huaigang Cheng, 2014 “Potash flotation practice for carnallite resources in the Qinghai Province, PRC”, Mineral Engineering, Vol. 66–68, Nov. 2014, pp 33–39. Published, 11/2014.
  • Jing Liu, Jan D. Miller, Xihui Yin, Vishal Gupta, Xuming Wang, 2014, “Influence of Ionic Strength on the Surface Charge and Interaction of Layered Silicate Particles” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2014), doi: http:// dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2014.06.028. Published, 10/2014.
  • Xuming Wang; Xihui Yin; Jakub Nalaskowski; Hao Du; Jan. D. Miller, 2014, “Molecular features of water films created with bubbles at silica surfaces”, Surface Innovations Volume 2 Issue SI3. Published, 06/2014.
  • Xia Zhang, Xuming Wang, and J.D. Miller, 2014, “Wetting of selected fluorite surfaces by water”, Surface Innovations, Available online: 21 May 2014. Published, 05/2014.
  • Xia Zhang, Hao Du, Xuming Wang, J.D. Miller, 2014, “Surface Chemistry Aspects of Bastnaesite Flotation with Octyl Hydroxamate” International Journal of Mineral Processing 133 (2014) 29–38. Published, 05/2014. Published, 05/2014.
  • Jing Liu, Linda Sandaklie-Nikolova, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller, 2014, “Surface force measurements at kaolinite edge surfaces using atomic force microscopy”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2014 Apr 15;420:35-40. Published, 04/15/2014.
  • Ruifang Qiu, Fangqin Cheng, Xuming Wang, Jianfeng Li & Rui Gao (2014): Adsorption kinetics and isotherms of ammonia-nitrogen on steel slag, Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.912154. Published, 04/2014.
  • Du, H.; Ozdemir, O.; Wang, X.; Cheng, F.; Celik, M.S.; Miller, J.D., 2014, “Flotation chemistry of soluble salt minerals: from ion hydration to colloid adsorption”, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, 2014, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 1-20. Published, 03/2014.
  • Jian Liu , Shuming Wen , Jiushuai Deng Qinbo Cao, Jan D.Miller, and XumingWang, “Contribution of fluid inclusions to variations in solution composition for sphalerite/quartz samples from the Yunnan Province, PRC”, Colloids and Surface A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 436 (2013) 287-293. Published, 09/05/2013.
  • Fangqin Cheng, Qinbo Cao, Yunshan Guan, Huaigang Cheng, Xuming Wang, Jan D. Miller, “FTIR analysis of water structure and its influence on the flotation of arcanite (K2SO4) and epsomite (MgSO4·7H2O)”, International Journal of Mineral Processing 122 (2013) 36–42. Published, 07/10/2013.
  • Guan, Yunshan, Fangqing Cheng, X. Wang, Huaigang Cheng, "Comparison of vacuum membrane distillation of three electrolyte solutions", Modern Chemical Industry, 2013, 33(5). Published, 07/04/2013.
  • L. Cui, R. Gao, F. Cheng, J. Li, X. Wang, "remediation of contaminated surface water by permeable reactive barriers (PRBs): Lab-scale experiments with four industrial wastes as reactive media", Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol 295-298 (2013) pp. 1850-1854. Published, 02/2013.
  • X. Zhang, H. Du, X. Wang, J.D. Miller, "Surface chemistry considerations in the flotation of rare-earth and other semisoluble salt minerals", Minerals &Metallurgical Processing, 2013, vol 30, No. 1, pp. 24-37. Published, 02/2013.
  • X. Yin, V. Gupta, H. Du, X. Wang, J.D. Miller, " Surface charge and wetting characteristics of layered silicate minerals", Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 179-182 (2012) pp. 43-50. Published, 11/2012.
  • F. Cheng, L. Cui, J.D. Miller and X. Wang, "Aluminum leaching from calcined coal waste using hydrochloric acid solution" Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgical Rev., vol 33, issue 6, 2012, pp 391-403. Published, 09/2012.
  • X. Chen, Y. Guo, F. Cheng, H. Song, N. Zheng, X. Wang, "Application of modified coal fly ash as an absorbent for ammonia-nitrogen wastewater treatment", Advanced Materials Research, vol 518-523 (2012) pp. 2380-2384. Published, 05/2012.
  • D. Li, F. Cheng, X. Wang, Y. Guan, "Study on preparation Techniques of carnallite with waste brine", Advanced Materials Research, vol. 524-527 (2012) pp. 1082-1085. Published, 05/2012.
  • P. Kodali, T. Depci, N. Dhawan, X.Wang, C.L. Lin, and J.D. Miller, “Evaluation of stucco binder for agglomeration in heap leaching of copper ore” Minerals Engineering, 14(8), pp. 996-893, 2011. Published, 07/2011.
  • J.D. Miller, V. Gupta, H. Du, X. Wang, X. Yin, and J. Wang, “Surface Chemistry of Layered Silicate Minerals,” in Proceedings, Roe-Hoan Yoon International Symposium, 2011 SME Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 27 February – 2 March 2011, SME, Littleton, Colorado, pp. 289–298 (2011). Published, 03/2011.
  • X. Zhang, X. Wang, X. Yin, H. Du, and J.D. Miller, “Interfacial Chemistry Features of Selected Fluorite Surfaces,” in Proceedings, Roe-Hoan Yoon International Symposium, 2011 SME Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 27 February – 2 March 2011, SME, Littleton, Colorado, pp. 627–634 (2011). Published, 03/2011.
  • S.L. Marino, X. Wang, C.L. Lin, and J.D. Miller, ” Flotation of a Brazilian Bauxite Ore”, in Proceedings, Roe-Hoan Yoon International Symposium, 2011 SME Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 27 February – 2 March 2011, SME, Littleton, Colorado, pp. 471–478 (2011). Published, 03/2011.
  • X.Yang, M.S. Moasts, J.D. Miller, X. Wang, X. Shi, H. Xu. "Thiourea-thiocyanate leaching system for gold, Hydrometallurgy, vol. 106. issue 1-2, 2001, pp. 58-63. Published, 02/2011.
  • Qinbo Cao , Xuming Wang , Jan D. Miller , Fangqin Cheng , Yong Jiao, “Bubble attachment time and FTIR analysis of water structure in the flotation of sylvite, bischofite and carnallite”, Minerals Engineering Vol. 24 (2011) 108–114. Published, 01/2011.
  • M. Birinci, J.D. Miller, M. Sarikaya, X. Wang, “The effect of an external magnetic field on cationic flotation of quartz from magnetite”, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 23, No. 10, 2010. Published, 10/2010.
  • Qinbo Cao, Hao Du, Jan D Miller, Xuming Wang, and Fangqin Cheng, “Surface Chemistry Features in the Flotation of KCl ”, Minerals Engineering Volume 23, Issue 5, April 2010, 365-373. Published, 04/2010.
  • O. Ozdemir A. Jain , V. Gupta, X. Wang, J.D. Miller, “Evaluation of flotation technology for the trona industry”, Minerals Engineering 23 (2010) 1–9. Published, 01/2010.
  • Hanping Zhang, Xiaoli Wang, Xuming Wang, Sheng Jian, and Qun Zhao, “ A Novel Combined Flowsheet of Beneficiation and Acid Leaching under High Pressure for Complex Lead-zinc Ores ”, Materials Research Vol. 92 (2010) pp 13-21 © (2010) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland. Published, 01/2010.
  • Q. Zhao, J.D. Miller, and X. Wang, “Recent Developments in the Beneficiation of Chinese Bauxite”, Mineral Processing & Extractive Metall. Rev., 31: 111–119, 2010. Published, 01/2010.
  • Xuming Wang, Jin Liu, Hao Du,† and J. D. Miller “States of Adsorbed Dodecyl Amine and Water at a Silica Surface As Revealed by Vibrational Spectroscopy”, Langmuir | 3b2 | ver.9 | 25/11/09. Published, 11/25/2009.
  • Xuming Wang, Jin Liu, Jan D. Miller “Adsorption and Self-Assembly of Octyl Hydroxamic Acid at a Fluorite Surface as Revealed by Sum-Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 325 (2008) 398–403. Published, 09/2008.