Special Issue "Advances in Mineral Processing"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2012)
Prof. Dr. Roger Smart (Website)
University of South Australia, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, Mawson Lakes Campus, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia
Phone: +61 8 830 23353
Fax: +61 8 830 23683
Interests: minerals processing; environmental waste processing; materials processing; biomaterials; surface science
Prof. Dr. Kota Hanumantha Rao (Website)
Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: surface and pulp chemistry of flotation; flotation of sulphide, industrial, silicate and iron minerals; molecular modelling of inorganic/organic interfaces; minerals bioprocessing; coal preparation
Mineral and metal extractive industries play a significant role in the economic development of all nations and mineral processing is one of the key areas to bring forth necessary metals and several finished products of mineral origin from ores. Despite the continuous structural shift towards a knowledge-based society, our society cannot operate without minerals, the consumption of which increases with the standard of living. With a growing demand in the main exporting BRICS countries, the prices of metals continuously increased during the last decade, which-in-turn, increased mineral exploration activities by the mineral industry. Leaner grades and finer dissemination of values in the more recently processed ores have made them more difficult to process economically and it expected that, future ore bodies will be similar or more demanding. It has also become imperative to rationalise technological schemes of ore processing with due consideration to environmental degradation. The industry is meeting these challenges with new research, understanding and technology.
The purpose of this special issue is to review recent advances in mineral processing techniques and to project from current state-of-the-art technology to potential in future mineral processing with full regard to protection of natural environment. Due to ever growing, but often disparate, literature in mineral processing, we think a new special issue with cutting edge and critical review articles on best practices from the most research advances in both fundamental and applied aspects of all mineral processing would be opportune to organize current information and innovations.
We, therefore, request the authors to submit the manuscripts for this new special issue in all areas listed in the keywords covering recent advances and innovation in mineral processing that will be of direct interest to the mineral industry, researchers and practitioners.
Prof. Dr. Kota Hanumantha Rao
Prof. Dr. Roger Smart
- physical separation (gravity, electrostatic, magnetic)
- flotation (cells, bubble, surface chemistry, froth control)
- leaching (bioleaching, Eh control)
- water quality control
- modelling and process simulation
- integrated diagnosis of losses
- rock and tailings disposal and environmental control
- base metal minerals
- industrial minerals (oxides, silicates, clays; iron minerals; PGM minerals)
- strategic (rare earth) minerals