Developing from MEI’s previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy ’18 will deal with the following topics:
·Quantitative mineralogy, including both X-ray and Electron Beam Techniques
·Mineral Liberation and Textural Analysis
·Application of process mineralogy on site
·Sampling and Statistics
·Advanced Process Control
View timetable HERE
Highlights of the technical sessions will be two keynote lectures from world renowned experts in process mineralogy. "When Scientists and Engineers Talk – Lessons from the Oil Industry and Applications to Mining" will be presented by Prof Alan R. Butcher of the Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo/Finland. "Common problems – and progress towards solutions – in the process mineralogy of rare earths" will be given by Prof Frances Wall of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter/UK.
Following Process Mineralogy '18, the 1st International Conference on Developments in the Processing of the "Hi-Tech" Metals (Hi-Tech Metals '18) – taking place from 22 to 23 Novemer 2018 in Cape Town/South Africa – is organised by MEI. Media sponsors are International Mining
Less than half a century ago the rare earth elements were classed as minor metals – who had even heard of neodymium, now essential in the production of powerful rare earth permanent magnets, used in wind turbines and many other applications? Lithium was essentially a curiosity, the third element in the Periodic Table, and the lightest metal. Now, of course it is in high demand for light, powerful batteries, and the increasing prevalence of electric cars will increase the demand for this once minor metal, as well as for cobalt and nickel. The rare earths and lithium are primary mined, but some of the once minor metals, such as gallium, germanium and indium, which are essential for our modern way of life, are by-products of base metal mining.
The importance of all these metals cannot be overestimated and Developments in the Processing of the Hi-Tech Metals will be MEI's first international conference dealing with the mineral processing and extractive metallurgy of these metals from primary and secondary resources, and the environmental problems that are often associated with their extraction.
View provisional timetable HERE
The keynote lecture "High technology metals: Facts, Fiction and Recycling" will be presented by Prof. Jens Gutzmer of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology/Germany.
Presentation of a paper at either of these conferences gives you a unique opportunity of presenting your work to an international audience and also having your final paper peer-reviewed for possible inclusion in special issues of Minerals Engineering.
Full details of all upcoming MEI events can be found HERE