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Process Metallurgy

The research in process metallurgy is particularly but not exclusively focused on the early stages of litigation by one ore into metal, and issues related to recycling of wastes and secondary raw materials mineral/metals.

Our research covers both pyro-and hydrometallurgical methods. Research has an experimental approach in which theoretical modeling is included as an aid to understanding the processes that take place. Simulation tools that are currently used include quantitative simulation of equilibrium conditions, and coupling of kinetically controlled processes with equilibrium calculations. Flow Mechanical simulations can be included as an additional tool.

Reaction Mechanism, reaction mechanisms and kinetics are studied using carefully controlled experiments in lab-scale with chemical and mineralogical characterization of reaction products by means of optical microscopy, XRD, SEM, TGA-DTA-QMS, etc. are important tools for understanding the reaction processes at both high temperatures and the water phase.

Most of the research projects conducted in collaboration with industrial partners, research institutes and universities within and outside Sweden.

A significant proportion of research carried out also using the lab, pilot and operational equipment are among our industrial partners.

Photo: R Renberg
Unique research instrument for process metallurgy

Yesterday, a new unique research instrument in the process metallurgy lab was inaugurated. It is a gift from Boliden AB, a high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscope.

Anna Eriksson, LKAB Photo: Privat
"To succeed with the green transition, we need to be many engineers"

Name: Anna Eriksson Workplace: LKAB Position: Research engineer in processing technology

Swedish School of Mines

Research, education and infrastructure across the entire value chain of minerals and metals

Lab Process Metallurgy

Process metallurgy, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgical research.