Innovative strategies for copper hydrometallurgy

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Abstract

Hydrometallurgy currently accounts for approximately 21% of the world primary production of copper. Chile and the United States in 2010 produced 2.09 and 0.43 million mt, respectively, of high grade copper by leaching/solvent extraction/electrowinning methods. These numbers reflect a remarkable growth in copper hydrometallurgy over the past few decades. This growth can be directly attributed to a number of key innovations. Of these, copper solvent extraction certainly qualifies as a hallmark innovation. A review of these innovations shows that technology is quite fluid, that it diffuses and circulates between various mining and processing sectors. Furthermore, it normally requires a long incubation period for the complete acceptance and implementation of new technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
Subtitle of host publication100 Years of Innovation
PublisherSociety for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)
Pages347-360
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780873353717
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameMineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys

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    Hiskey, J. B. (2014). Innovative strategies for copper hydrometallurgy. In Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation (pp. 347-360). (Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation). Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).