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Hydrometallurgy 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, P7005K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 07 Nov 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Process Metallurgy
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering
Main field of study
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

90 credits in Chemical Engineering, including the course K0011K Inorganic Chemistry.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- understand and be able to use hydrometallurgical phase diagrams.
- desribe how leaching mechanisms and kinetics are influenced by factors as temperature, particle size and stirring.
- describe the hydrometallurgical unit operations and methodology and equipment used for treatment of different raw materials.
- account for the most common hydrometallurgical processes.
- conduct, evaluate and report experimental hydrometallurgical work.

Introduction: Comparison of pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical process technology. Overview of hydrometallurgical unit operations and processes.
Hydrometallurgical phase diagrams: Solubility and Pourbaix diagrams.
Leaching: Theory, reagents, methods and materials.
Solution purification: Chemical precipitation, cementation, crystallisation, ion-exchange and solvent extraction.
Metal recovery: Electrolytic processes (electrorefining, electrowinning, smelt electrolysis) and gas reduction.
Hydrometallurgical processes: Examples of hydrometallurgical applications with environmental considerations.
Laboratory exercises: Leaching and solvent extraction.
PC exercise: Construction of Pourbaix diagrams with FactSage software.

The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises and a study visit
The lectures give the students possibilities to understand chemistry and technology of the hydrometallurgical unit operations and understand the implications of different process options on economy and environment.
Laboratory exercises are performed in a group of normally 2 students. The students are trained in planning, cooperation, evaluation and writing reports.
Study visit gives the students insight and feeling for full scale processes.

Laboratory exercises and the study visit are compulsory. On these the grades approved – not approved and participated are given, respectively. The theoretical understanding is controlled by a written exam with grades: not approved 3 4 5. Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

Teaching is in English.
The course is given at advanced level and is a part of the Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering study plan.
A study guide is available in the Fronter room for P7005K.

Transition terms

Lena Sundqvist Ökvist

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Compendium: Hydrometallurgy, available at division of Process Metallurgy.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam6.0TG G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work1.5TG U G#