Hydrometallurgy Course

Hydrometallurgy Course

An 10 credit point introductionary course is provided as part of the Hydromet project. Details about the course and teaching material is provided on this page.

The course runs from September to December 2016.

Contact person: Jon Petter Omtvedt (UiO)

Course Text-book and Teaching Material

Course book: Michael L. Free: Hydrometallurgy : Fundamentals and Applications, Wiley ISBN: 9781118230770 (print), 9781118732465 (online) (2013)

- Frontpage and table of contents (PDF)

- E-book (PDF)

Video taped lectures from our hydrometallurgy seminar at NTNU in March 2016 is included as part of the teaching (se below).

Obligatory exercises:

Case studies - examples from our partner factories.

Organized Teaching for the Course

Video taped lectures from NTNU Seminar in March 2016


Kick-off mini-seminar at UiO 16th September 2016

Lecture: History (Dag Ø. Eriksen) - Slides - Podcast

Lecture:Sustainability (J.P. Omtvedt) - Slides - Podcast

Link to Video: Story of Stuff

Excursion to Yara in Porsgrunn 5th-7th October 2016


- 08:39 Train R11 from Oslo S to Porsgrunn

- 12:00 Lunch

- 13:00 Course group work/project

- 16:00 End of workday

- 19:00 Dinner


- 08:45 Registration and PPE

- 09:00 Presentation of Yara (Kari-Anne)

- 10:00 Tour of Yara pilot-plant and factory

- 12:00 Lunch

- 13:00 Welcome to Course (JPO)

- 13:15 "From lab to industry scale" Geir Moe (BIS)

- 14:00 Break

- 14:15 "Strategically important metals and their supply"

                  JPO (UiO)

- 15:00 Break

- 15:15  "Recycling Li-ion Batteries" Alessio Vascon (UiO)

- 16:00 End


- 09:00 Good Morning!

- 09:15 "Review of chemical activities" Hans V. Lerum (UiO)

- 10:00 Break

- 10:15 "Hydrometallurgy at Yara" case study (group work)

- 12:00 End course

- 13:25 Train R11 from Porsgrunn to Oslo S.

Excursion to Glencore in Kristiansand and Boliden in Odda 20th-24th November 2016







Tentative lectures and topics at Glencore and Boliden

(they are not scheduled yet)

- "Using Ionic Liquids in Hydrometallurgy" Isabelle Billard

- "Environmental Concerns at a Hydrometallurgical Factory"

  Agnar Målsnes (Boliden Odda)

- "Hydrometallurgy at Glencore" case study (group work)

- "Hydrometallurgy at Boliden" case study (group work)

- "Eh-pH diagrams (Pourbaix-diagrams)"

                       Dag/Martinez (?)



Template letter that define the curriculum

can be downloaded here. Notice that the chapter about "Chemical fundementals of hydrometallurgy" is considered known from earlier courses (this might not be the case for the BSc students and they should change accordingly). The chapter "General Engineering Statistics" will not be examined and hence not included in the page count.