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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.

During his visit, Eetu-Pekka participates in both research and education activities in the research
Nordic collaboration

Docent Eetu-Pekka Heikkinen from Oulu University in Northern Finland is currently visiting Luleå University of Technology with an aim to strengthen the co-operation in metallurgical education and research between the neighboring universities at Oulu and Luleå. The visit started in February and will last until the end of July.

Johan ville plugga kemi men fastnade för metallurgi
Johan wanted to study chemistry but got stuck in metallurgy

Johan Stenman studied The Master Programme in Sustainable Process and Chemical Engineering with a focus on mineral and metallurgy. Today he works as a research engineer at the metal research institute Swerim.

Hesham Ahmed, process metallurgy Photo: Richard Renberg
"We conduct research along the entire minerals and metals value chain"

Meet Hesham Ahmed, Program Manager on The Bachelor Programme in Mineral Resource Engineering.

Processmetallurgi vid Luleå tekniska universitet
Lab Process Metallurgy

Process metallurgy, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgical research.

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Article in journal
Kero Andertun. J, Samuelsson. C, Peltola. P, Engström. F
Canadian metallurgical quarterly, Vol. 61, nr. 1, s. 14-23
ISIJ International, Vol. 62, nr. 3, s. 465-476
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