Best ideas and people in metallurgy

We will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology development in metallurgy or efficiency, safety, productivity, that discipline? Contact [email protected] about nominations.

The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.

The current nominations shortlist in the Metallurgy category are Nick Hazen, for all his achievements in this field. For example, he has been successfully involved in the development of multi-unit operation methods for the efficient, economic and environmentally sound extraction of contained metals from ores, concentrates and wastes. The second on the shortlist is the team behind the Direct Nickel process. The DNi Process (see graph) offers a lower cost, safe and environmentally improved alternative to current processes in a move that will unlock the abundance of uneconomic deposits around the world. There are of course many other worthy candidates – let us hear from you.

The last inductee was Michael Virnig. The leaching of ores – such as copper, nickel or cobalt – followed by solvent extraction (SX) has been practiced commercially since the late 1960s. Since then, considerable research efforts have taken place to make solvent extraction processes more efficient, more selective and more economical. Virnig has been a strong contributor to the advancement of these reagent extractants for over four decades – with considerable success.

There is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety, Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding Innovator.