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MEI Online: People News: Africa: July 4th 2017


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:: An Interview with Dr. Jochen Petersen: New Frontiers in Hydrometallurgy


Ahmet Deniz Bas (ADB): You have been leading one of the world’s most renowned hydrometallurgy group and working at the University of Cape Town. What would you like to say briefly about your work and academic life? How did you choose to start a career in hydrometallurgy? What was the main reason behind that?

Jochen Petersen (JP): Fate? During my undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Witwatersrand I had the option to take a course on Hydrometallurgy with Frank Crundwell. I wasn’t all that interested and only chose the option because there was a time table clash on another course I wanted to take. I still have Frank’s course notes to this day… Also as part of the course there was an excursion to Anglo American’s Rustenburg Base Metal Refinery, which was the first time a saw a comprehensive hydrometallurgical process plant with every single hydrometallurgical unit operation imaginable. That wowed me immensely.


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