1st Edition - May 20, 2022

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  • Author: Michael Nicol
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323993227

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Hydrometallurgy: Theory provides the necessary fundamental background to the multidisciplinary field of hydrometallurgy, presenting the tools needed to utilize the theory to quantitatively describe, model and control the unit operations used in hydrometallurgical plants. The book describes the development and operation of processes utilizing hydrometallurgical operations, making it a valuable resource and reference for researchers, academics, students and industry professionals. It focuses on quantitative problem-solving with many worked examples and focused problems based on Nicol’s many years of experience in teaching hydrometallurgy to students, researchers and industry professionals.

Key Features

  • Helps readers master detailed chemistry and chemical engineering fundamentals that are required to fully engage in the field of hydrometallurgy
  • Provides a ready reference for students, academics and practicing professionals who are confronted by a particular problem or opportunity in hydrometallurgy
  • Features many worked problems and appropriate workshops, providing the necessary skills to tackle quantitative problems in hydrometallurgy


Academics in Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical and Mineral Processing; Researchers at public and industry research institutes and laboratories; (Under)graduate and postgraduate students at universities. Professionals working in hydrometallurgical operations (Gold and precious metals, base metals, battery metals, recycling of metals) including plant metallurgists, supervisors and management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Hydrometallurgical Processes
    2. Ions in Solution
    3. Chemical Equilibria in Hydrometallurgical Reactions
    4. Material and Energy Balances
    5. Kinetics of Heterogeneous Reactions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 332
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: May 20, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323993227

About the Author

Michael Nicol

Michael J. Nicol is Emeritus Professor of Extractive Metallurgy, Murdoch University, Australia. He spent 24 years in Mintek, South Africa in various roles largely in the field of hydrometallurgy. He taught hydrometallurgy at Wits University in South Africa for 4 years and subsequently at Murdoch University in Perth for 15 years. He has supervised many postgraduate students. In addition to many international conference presentations, he is the author or co-author of over 200 refereed publications in international journals and is the inventor or co-inventor of 10 patents. Over 300 hundred professionals from the industry and research organizations have attended various graduate courses on various aspects of hydrometallurgy delivered by Prof Nicol in Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Chile, Brazil and South Korea.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Murdoch University, South St., Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

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