|About this Abstract
||Part C-1: Hydrometallurgy 2018
||Australian Hydrometallurgy Research and Development
||James Vaughan, Weng Fu, Hong Peng, Will Hawker, Peter Hayes, Dave Robinson
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Australia is a major miner of ore that requires hydrometallurgical processing. According to the 2016 US Geological Survey Minerals Commodities Summaries, the country is 1st for aluminium (bauxite) and lithium, 2nd for gold, zinc and cobalt, 4th for nickel and silver, and 6th for copper mining, not to mention its wealth in coal and iron ore. In this paper, examples of recent Australian hydrometallurgical activities are summarised. Then, selected research projects from the University of Queensland hydrometallurgy research group are profiled. The projects profiled are related to fundamental aspects of processing bauxite with organics and reactive silica as well as the development of a synergistic hydro- and pyrometallurgical process for copper. The process context and motivation for the research is introduced, key results are highlighted with the associated relevant references.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings