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2001 TMS Annual Meeting: Short Course Description

February 11–15 · 2001 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · New Orleans, Louisiana

Donald R. Sadoway is John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. After a year of postdoctoral study at MIT as a NATO Fellow, Dr. Sadoway joined the faculty in 1978. The author of over 100 scientific papers and holder of 11 U.S. patents, his principal research interests are high-temperature physical chemistry, electrochemical processes in molten salts and cryogenic liquids, and rechargeable lithium solid polymer batteries. Recent research has focused on nonconsumable anodes for aluminum production, the kinetics of perfluorocarbon generation in aluminum cells, process fundamentals of tantalum and titanium extraction, and performance testing of block copolymer electrolytes for solid-state lithium batteries. In 1995 he was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MITís highest award for excellence in undergraduate education, and in 1997 he won the Bose Award which is given to the outstanding teacher in MITís School of Engineering.
Georges J. Kipouros is a professor and Head of the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at DalTech-Dalhousie University (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia). He obtained his Dipl. Eng. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and the M.A.Sc and the Ph.D. in chemical/process metallurgical engineering from the University of Toronto. After three years as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined the Physical Chemistry Department of the General Motors Research Laboratories in Warren, Michigan as a Senior Research Scientist, where he worked in the development of processes for the production of neodymiumiron alloys and magnesium metal. The author of over 60 scientific papers, books, and proprietary research reports his principle research interests are in the development of industrial processes for the extraction, refining, and recycling of materials based on high temperature physical chemistry and electrochemistry in molten salt environments. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Dalhousie University Senate.
C. Edward Eckert is President of Apogee Technology, Inc. and Quantum Environmental Dynamics, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and provides retained consulting services for several companies. Dr. Eckertís primary research interests include fluid flow and phase separation, phase equilibria and reaction kinetics in metal treatment reactions, plasma based materials processing, aqueous phase oxygen dissolution, and aerospace propulsion. Dr. Eckert performed his undergraduate work in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. Prior to his current positions, he managed the metal quality program at ALCOA for 11 years (1979-1990), and was an engineering general supervisor at General Motors-Central Foundry Division (1976-1979). Dr. Eckert currently holds 122 US and international patents, has 39 technical publications, is Editor of the TMS book and CD-ROM, Light Metals 1999, and is a member of Sigma XI, Alpha Sigma Mu, TMS-AIME, The American Foundrymanís Society (AFS), ASM International, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He was the 1998-99 Chairman of the TMS/LMD Aluminum Committee, and continues to serve on a number of committees for these organizations.

During the week of February 11–15, 2001, 2001 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel will be the headquarters hotel for the event. All conference events, including registration, technical sessions, and the exhibition will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

To register for a course, please use the secure on-line registration form or download the registration form in portable document format. All courses will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel the weekend prior to the meeting, Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, 2001.

Molten Salt Chemistry and Process Design: From Smelter to Casthouse

Presented by: Donald R. Sadoway, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georges J. Kipouros, Dalhousie University, and C. Edward Eckert, Apogee Technology

Who Should Attend: Anyone engaged in the processing of light metals or reactive metals will find this course useful. The course is aimed at practicing engineers and laboratory scientists who wish to acquire a rudimentary understanding of this unique but very important class of liquids. Instruction is systematic, self-contained, and presumes no prior specific knowledge of molten salts on the part of the participants. The presentation is designed to show how to interpret contemporary industrial practice in the light of the underlying basic science. Participants can customize the course by raising questions during two lengthy open-forum discussions which serve as clinics.

The course is structured so that those interested exclusively in molten salt electrolysis can finish in one day. For those interested in a broader range of applications, including extraction of reactive metals, casting, and purification of reactive metals, these topics along with more of the relevant science are presented on the second day.

Course Overview: Molten salts are found in a wide variety of industrial applications.

The course begins with a comprehensive overview of the field of molten salts including resources in the literature, databases, etc. Then, using as case studies (1) the electrolytic production of magnesium, lithium, and aluminum and (2) the processing of molten magnesium and aluminum, including purification, casting, and waste treatment, the course presents the physical and chemical properties of molten salts and discusses how to tailor melt chemistry in order to meet the requirements of process design. Each day, the course ends with a clinic, i.e., an open forum in which the instructors field questions from the participants. A complete set of notes along with an exhaustive bibliography will be provided.

Sponsored by: TMS Light Metals Division

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