ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. Kenneth N. Han is the
Regents Distinguished Professor and Douglas W. Fuerstenau Professor
in the Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering at
the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T). He
was with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University,
Melbourne, Australia from 1971-1980. In 1981, he joined SDSM&T.
He was head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering from
1987-94 and dean of the College of Materials Science and Engineering
His research interests include hydrometallurgy, interfacial phenomena,
metallurgical kinetics, solution chemistry, fine particle recovery,
and electrometallurgy. He has directed over 70 graduate students
and post-doctorate researchers, published more than 150 papers in
national and international journals, and presented more than 100
papers at international conferences. He is an author of 10 monographs
and holds eight patents in the area of extractive metallurgy.
In 1987, Dr. Han received the Presidential Professor Award from
SDSM&T. In 1994, he received the Ernest L. Buckley Award, a
South Dakota State Governor’s Award for his industrial research
efforts. He received the Milton E. Wadsworth Award and the Arthur
F. Taggart Award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration
in 1995. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from
the College of Engineering of SNU. He became an SME Distinguished
Member in 1998. In 1998, he was awarded the Excellence in Research
by the SD Board of Regents. In 2000, he received the AIME Mineral
Industry Education Award and in 2002, the Robert H. Richards Award
Dr. Han was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in
1996. He has been a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering
of Korea since 1998 and was inducted to the Korea Academy of Science
and Technology in 1999.
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Location: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Marina Ballroom
Time: 1:45 PM–2:30 PM
The Interdisciplinary Nature of Hydrometallurgy
Kenneth N. Han, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
About the topic:
Hydrometallurgical extraction of metals is an important widely-practiced
technology in the metallurgical industry for treating both primary and
secondary resources of valuable metals.
Successful hydrometallurgical approaches to metal extraction require full
understanding of a wide spectrum of scientific and engineering principles
in many disciplines. These include solution chemistry, electrochemistry,
thermodynamics, kinetics, transport processes and, frequently, biology.
In this paper, intricate relationships among various disciplines influencing
hydrometallurgical extraction are reviewed and analyzed with pertinent
examples. The effect of operating parameters on the overall extraction
strategy are examined and discussed.