Introduction to Hydrometallurgy

Introduction to Hydrometallurgy

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course covers both the fundamental (thermodynamics and kinetics) and applied (engineering) aspects of the major hydrometallurgical steps: leaching, separation and recovery of metals. In addition in-depth studies of several process options for the recovery of copper, zinc, nickel and gold will be presented. Case studies of current and past operations will be presented. Discussions will center on chemical reactions, flowsheets and operational challenges.

David Dixon is Professor of Hydrometallurgy and Edouard Asselin is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

People interested in this course may also want to register for Process Control of Mineral Processing Systems, scheduled to run in the same week.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses titled Hydrometallurgy 1 - Introduction to Leaching, and Hydrometallurgy 2 - Leaching Processes.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers and superintendents in the mineral and metallurgical industries
  • Engineers in the mineral and metallurgical industries

Dr. David Dixon

David G. Dixon is Professor of Hydrometallurgy in the Department of Materials Engineering at The University of British Columbia. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.Sc., 1986) and Metallurgical Engineering (Ph.D., 1992) from the University of Nevada, Reno, and enjoys the status of Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia. After a brief stint with the U.S. Bureau of Mines – Reno Research Center from 1986 to 1990, he pursued doctoral studies in the mathematical modeling of heap leaching under the direction of James L. Hendrix. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Engineering at UBC in 1993. He has published widely on various aspects of mathematical modeling in hydrometallurgy, including heap leaching and bioleaching, particulate leaching kinetics in high pressure and atmospheric leaching systems, and the pressure letdown of slurries. He is the co-inventor of the GalvanoxTM process for the atmospheric leaching of copper concentrates.

Dr. Edouard Asselin

Edouard Asselin is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aqueous Processing of Metals at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa (2002) and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia (2007). He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia. From 2006 to 2007 he worked at Xstrata Process Support in Sudbury before returning to the Department of Materials Engineering at UBC to join the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy as Assistant Professor in late 2007. He has presented numerous short courses on hydrometallurgy at conferences and industrial sites all over the World. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal research papers and over 25 papers in conference proceedings. For his contributions to the science and profession of metallurgy Dr. Asselin received the 2013 Brimacombe award from the Metallurgical and Materials Society of Canada.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day, with a lunch break from noon to 1:00PM and 15 minute snack breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Day 1

Thermodynamics concepts in hydrometallurgy

  • Pourbaix diagrams
  • Activity coefficients
  • Complex formation and chemical speciation

Theory and kinetics of leaching

  • Rate controlling processes
  • Kinetic models
  • Solid-liquid and gas-liquid mixing

Solution purification

  • Solvent extraction
  • Ion exchange
  • Precipitation and hydrolysis
  • Arsenic metallurgy
  • Cementation

Metal Recovery

  • Electrowinning and electrorefining
  • Hydrogen reduction
Day 2

Heap and bio-leaching

Hydrometallurgy of zinc sulphides

Hydrometallurgy of nickel laterites and sulphides

Gold leaching

Copper concentrate leaching

How to Register

To register yourself, click the 'Register Now' button and complete the online registration form.
To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.


The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-Learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.


The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/Edumine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
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  • The Delta Vancouver Suites is a 225 all-suite property designed with business travel in mind. Centrally located in the Heritage District of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is just one block from Waterfront Station, the main hub of the Canada Line providing convenient and economical transportation to/from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to many corporate offices, the Vancouver Convention Centre and government offices making business connections easy. Attractions such as Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium and neighborhoods including Gastown, home to many of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer are all a short walk away. The Delta Vancouver Suites' website is:

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.