Online Masterclass -Technology Development Using Rare Earth Hydrometallurgy (Embassy of Ecuador in Australia)
Online Mining Masterclass on Technology Development Using Rare Earth Hydrometallurgy as a Case Study
This presentation will cover the journey of developing new processes in the minerals industry using a novel leaching system for the rare earths as a case study. This technology is the focus of current research in collaboration with an industry partner and the support of the Western Australian Government. The presentation will focus primarily on the technical considerations, challenges, and opportunities associated with treating complex ores. There will also be comments surrounding the implications of processing costs and the measures taken to improve the potential economics and therefore viability of the proposed process. Finally, it will address the potential for decreasing the environmental legacy of an operation and improving social licenses.
Dr. Dyer has a background in applied science, obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2011 from Curtin University, Australia. His project focused on iron behaviour in zinc processing and through subsequent roles completed his transition to Metallurgy, completing a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Hydrometallurgy Group in the Materials Engineering Group at the University of British Columbia, before joining the WA School of Mines. Through his time as a researcher, Dr. Dyer has heavily engaged with industry partners across a range of commodities (gold, rare earths, nickel, copper, lithium, etc.) in order to focus on projects that deliver value and provide opportunities to implement change. His work has extended into additional aspects of processing, including the treatment of tailings and other waste streams, as well as water quality and treatment with a focus on regions as systems with opportunities for holistic solutions dealing significantly greater outcomes.