Brisbane Met Lab At A Glance

We are a small team of metallurgical test work specialists ensuring you have access to rapid, affordable, professional and confidential test work. Any resemblance to the caricatures below is purely coincidental. We were previously known as Nagrom Brisbane Labs to assist a previous co-marketing agreement with Nagrom Perth.  However, now with over three years operating under our belt, 84 different projects undertaken and clients both very large and very small, we are pretty sure we must be doing something right.  So, if you are looking for testwork services that are quick, affordable and with the highest technical oversight, please contact us.

Chris Bucknell – Lab Manager and Owner

The founder and owner of Brisbane Met Labs. Chris has an extensive career in Australia’s Mining Industry having worked for both BHPB and Glencore. Chris’s testwork experience covers over 20 years across a range of commodities including Lead, Zinc, Uranium, Copper, Gold and Nickel. Chris has a particular expertise in the area of flotation and leachwork.

Favourite saying: “I love it when a plan comes together”

Bodie Mosquera

Bodie has been a laboratory technician for about 9 years and has worked at two different laboratories during this time.  At BML he is primarily responsible for the maintenance and fabrication of laboratory equipment as well as general testwork and pilot plant operations.  The testwork he has been involved in includes large scale crushing and sample preparation projects, sizings, filtration trials and other general lab activities.  Bodie is also a black belt in cyclosizing.

Favourite saying: “I’m Mexican so I can… ?”

Bryan Seer

Bryan is an industrial chemist with many years of experience working within a diverse range of industries including the metallurgical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industry, both in the public and private sector. Experience with a broad range of analytical techniques informs his approach to the evolving demands of a diverse client base within the Brisbane Met Labs environment. Bryan has been involved in conducting and developing new test methods as the business expands its test suite to offer additional services such as hardness testing and heavy liquid separation of mineral samples.

Favourite saying: “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time”

Cara McKelvie

Cara graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Chemistry with Honours Class I. Cara has 3 years’ experience in electrochemistry research and a background in electrochemistry and inorganic coordination chemistry. Cara has been key to the implementation of ICP-OES and Fluoride analysis at BML.  This has involved method development, detection limit determination, dealing with a variety of high background matrices, and management of stock within the laboratory in general.

Favourite saying: “Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you find out that 2 + 2 = 10, or something”

Danny Semmens

With 15 years’ experience in Exploration Geology and Geophysics, as well as 15 years in Analytical Chemistry and Metallurgy. Danny brings a wealth of “Hands on” experience to the Brisbane Met lab team. With many years of supervisory experience with Amdel Adelaide and Mount Isa. Including Lab Coordinator roles at Mount Lyell Copper / Gold and Pine Creek Gold Mines. Comminution, Leaching, Fire Assaying and Wet Chemistry digestions are Danny’s speciality.

Favourite saying: “Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.”

Jeremy Harder

Jeremy graduated from University of Queensland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in physics. While not a direct link to work he non-the-less found himself working under Chris and has done so for the past 7 Years, being apart of Brisbane Met lab since almost the beginning of the business. He has worked very broadly throughout the company, mostly on the lab floor running experiments, processing samples and all the in-between.

Favourite saying: “Teach a person to reason, and they’ll think for a lifetime”

Mai Vu

Mai graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Process Engineering.  As Mai had worked for BML during her studies it was obvious she would be offered at full-time role at the conclusion of her studies.  In the three years Mai has been with BML she has worked across a diverse group of commodities and processes.  This includes supervising the operation of a gold pilot float circuit, managing atmospheric leach and flotation test programs for lead and zinc, cyclone rig testing, digests and many other laboratory tasks. Mai was recently promoted to oversee the management of projects for an important ongoing client.  She is responsible for scheduling, preparing task sheets and reporting of results.

Favourite saying: “Do it with passion, or not at all.” – Rosa Nouchette Carey

Michael Celona

Graduating from the University of New South Wales in 2015 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Chemistry, Michael has worked previously with ANSTO Minerals, both in the lab and pilot plant. During his time there, Michael had experience with the leaching and solvent extraction of uranium and rare earth ores. While at BML he has been responsible for a large number of filtration trials across vacuum belt, plate and frame and pressure filtration. He has mobilised a nickel leach pilot plant and conducted a number of campaigns on it.  Testwork has covered Vanadium, Nickel, Cobalt, and Copper including large scale crushing and preparation programs, diagnostic leaches, flotation and neutralisation and precipitation trials. He is eager to participate and absorb any and all information he can to further his metallurgical knowledge.

Favourite saying: “Get good for it”

Sharleigh De Boer

Sharleigh graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Advanced Science (First Class Honours – antibacterial drug development.) majoring in Chemistry. Sharleigh has been key to our purification and crystallisation of metal salts projects with skills in ion-exchange columns, metal precipitations, batch neutralisations, laser sizing cyclosizing and testing specific gravity measurements.  Sharleigh loves everything science – except physics.

Favourite saying: “Cow’s are friends, not food!”