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Mineral Processing and Recycling

Among the major issues facing our modern, civilized world is an ever-increasing demand of raw materials. For that reason, the aim of our group is to find technological solutions to address the current needs related to the production of inorganic raw materials, whether from primary or secondary sources.
Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

The Research Group for Mineral Processing and Recycling is led by Prof. Rodrigo Serna. Our approach is to study the underlying phenomena responsible of the performance of mineral processing operations. Of particular interest is the study of the interfacial phenomena occurring during mineral enrichment, in order to gain a practical understanding on the correlation between adsorptive or surface chemical reactions and the macroscopic performance of the operations. Through the understanding of the phenomena involved, it may be possible to propose novel chemical systems that could further improve the efficiency of currently used enrichment operations, or even propose new processing methods altogether. The research group also counts with expertise in computational fluid dynamics with which alternative processing systems or new designs of mechanical components can be tested.

Our current research projects deal with the exploration of green chemicals for flotation and the quality and potential cross-contamination in water circuits. Our research group is also responsible for the courses related to mineral processing and recycling, including fundamentals, unit operations and plant design.

Latest publications

Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, School services, CHEM, Mineral Processing and Recycling, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical and hydrometallurgical processes in HCl media for the recycling of valuable metals from Li-ion battery waste

Publishing year: 2018 RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Mineral Processing and Recycling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Kernel functions to flotation bubble size distributions

Publishing year: 2018 Minerals Engineering
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Mineral Processing and Recycling

Water quality effects on flotation

Publishing year: 2018 Minerals Engineering
Mineral Processing and Recycling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Activity of Supercooled Water on the Ice Curve and Other Thermodynamic Properties of Liquid Water up to the Boiling Point at Standard Pressure

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
Mineral Processing and Recycling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Automated contact time apparatus and measurement procedure for bubble-particle interaction analysis

Publishing year: 2018 Minerals Engineering
Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling

Challenging the concept of electrochemical discharge using salt solutions for lithium-ion batteries recycling

Publishing year: 2018 Waste Management
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling

Water Activity and Freezing Points in Aqueous Solutions of Manganese Nitrate

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Solution Chemistry
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling

Slurry erosion resistance of polyethylene under conditions relevant for mineral processing

Publishing year: 2017 Wear
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling

A New Particle-Bubble Attachment Timer as a Quick Diagnostic Tool for Mineral Floatability Testing

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling

Circular economy design forum - Introducing entrepreneurial mindset and circularity to teaching

Publishing year: 2017
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Researcher
Rodrigo Serna Guerrero
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate