2003 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Short Courses—Sulfide Smelting: Principles, Technologies, and Environmental Consideration

March 2–6 · 2003 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · San Diego, California



H. Y. SohnH. Y. Sohn received his Ph.D. degree in 1970 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sohn joined the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah in 1974. Professor Sohn’s work has been recognized through various awards, including the 2001 James Douglas Gold Medal Award (for research and education of nonferrous extractive metallurgy) from AIME, the TMS Champion H. Mathewson Gold Medal Award (1993), the TMS Extractive Metallurgy Lecturer Award (1990, in recognition as an outstanding scientific leader in the field of nonferrous extraction), the TMS Extraction and Processing Science Award (1990, for work on flash smelting; 1994; and 1999), the Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer (1983). Dr. Sohn has co-authored two monographs, co-edited 13 books, and written some 300 papers. He has served as a Director of TMS. Dr. Sohn has acquired an international reputation in the field of sulfide smelting for computer modeling and analysis of the flash smelting/converting processes as well as of the minor-element behavior. He has also worked on the analysis of a channel reactor for continuous smelting by the countercurrent contacting of slag and matte/metal phases with bottom gas injection.

Kimio ItagakiKimio Itagaki was born on August 4, 1943 in Tokyo. He graduated from Tohoku University, Metallugical Engineering, in March 1966, finished Master of Engineering at the same university in March 1968, was appointed Research Associate at Research Institute of Mineral Dressing and Metallurgy, Tohoku University in April 1968, and worked with Prof. Akira Yazawa to obtain Dr. Engineering Degree by Thesis at Tohoku University. In January 1976, he was appointed Lecturer and in May 1976 Associate Professor at the same institute. In April 1978, he stayed at Technical University of Aachen in Germany as a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked with Prof. Kubaschewski and Prof. Knacke on high temperature calorimetry from 1980-1981. Since 1991, he is Full Professor of Tohoku University (1991-1992, Research Institute of Mineral Dressing and Metallurgy, 1992-2001, Institute for Advanced Materials Processing and 2001-present, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials - the institute changed the name twice). Research fields: thermochemistry of metallurgical substances, nonferrous pyrometallurgy, processing of functional alloys. Association member: TMS, GDMB (Germany), Japan Institute of Metals, Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan, Japan Institute of Calorimetry.
Florian KongoliFlorian Kongoli [BSc (Honors), MScA, (U.Montreal)/MTMS, MCIM] is Executive President of FLOGEN Technologies Inc. (, a technology, research and consulting company. He has 15 years of research and development and academic (lecturer) experience. He has successfully carried out many industrial research projects for companies such as, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Falconbridge, INCO, WMC, and Noranda. In his pure research work he has worked and cooperated with several well-known universities around the world such as Tohoku University (Japan), Curtin University (Australia), University of Montreal (Canada), etc. His work is oriented in developing new low cost technologies through thermophysicochemical modeling, simulation and laboratory experimental studies applicable in various metallurgical and chemical processes in nonferrous (Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb, Fe-Ni) extraction and processing as well as in iron and steel making industry. In the past 4 years, he has published 25 scientific articles dealing with novel technological applications, modeling of multicomponent mattes, slags, metals, liquidus temperature and phase diagrams, effect of minor components, fluxing strategies etc. He is also author of some other 70 articles, technical reports, invited lectures and research presentations.

Saturday, March 1, 2003• 8:30am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 2, 2003• 8:30am-12:00pm

Presented by:
Hong Yong Sohn, University of Utah
Kimio Itagaki, Tohoku University
Florian Kongoli, FLOGEN Technologies

Members $645, Non-members $735

Sponsored by:
TMS Extraction & Processing Division

Who Should Attend:
This 2-day course is intended for managers, supervisors, engineers, and scientists employed in either research or operations associated with sulfide smelting. This short course is also highly recommended to current students interested in learning about chemical processes of nonferrous metal production.

Course Overview:
This intensive short course will cover the basic principles involved in sulfide smelting and their practical implications, including thermodynamics and physical chemistry; efficient flux strategies and practices; slag, matte and metals properties; new ways of representing multicomponent systems; control of magnetite precipitation, furnace build-ups and active volume, refractory degradation, metal separation and recovery, effect of minor components and/or fluxes; thermochemical modeling and simulation; process control, optimization and automation; software; behavior of minor elements, fluid flow, and reaction engineering. The leading smelting processes, new technologies, and proposed future variants will be discussed, with emphasis on copper production and environmental issues. The beneficial effect of the new, environmentally friendly technologies on the competitiveness of the metal industry of industrialized nations will be discussed. The course will be concluded by a discussion of the future of the smelting industry with audience participation.

Other Short Courses:
Below is a list of the other short courses that are scheduled for the 2003 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition:



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