Cafe Scientifique

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

Description

Ores that won’t cost the Earth: Chemical solutions to sustainable metal production

Mankind’s consumption of copper in electrical wires, neodymium in magnets, americium in smoke alarms, and platinum in jewellery, catalytic converters, and fuel cells means that metals are becoming increasingly expensive. Other metals are simply dangerous, such as those found in spent nuclear fuel or at sites of a nuclear accident. As such, the sustainable production of metals and their recycling is becoming increasingly important to the technological world we inhabit. This discussion will highlight the use of chemistry in the extraction of metals from their ores. In particular, the state-of-the-art in chemical reagents for solvent extraction processes will be discussed and demonstrated.
Period20 Oct 2011
Event typeOther
LocationStockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom