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The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised. This conference discussed all aspects of material and metal usage by considering for example (but not exclusively):

  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Clean Technology (smelting, energy recovery, hydrometallurgical, etc.)
  • Coal Wastes
  • Effluent Treatment (biological and chemical methods for water purification)
  • Energy Recovery
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies (LCA, metrics for sustainability, LCI, etc.)
  • Industrial Applications (novel technology, new methods, breakthrough technology, etc.)
  • Legislation (REACH, Basel, Stockholm, etc.)
  • Process Control (to monitor and optimize environmental performance of plants, unit operations, furnaces)
  • Processing of Industrial Wastes (slags, chemical, flue dusts, sludges, bottom ashes, etc.)
  • Recycling of Post Consumer Materials (car recycling, waste electric and electronic equipment, plastics, paper)
  • Tailings Disposal at mine sites
  • Recycling Systems (monitoring, take-back systems, etc.)
  • Recycling Technology (separation, automatic sorting, sensors, smelting, etc.)
  • Sustainability (from an industrial as well as consumer point of view)
  • System and other models for system optimization and Sustainability prediction




The conference was organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Prof. Markus Reuter and Prof. Kari Heiskanen and is sponsored by CSense Systems.

Markus Reuter

Markus A. Reuter (Ph.D., D.Eng., Dr.habil.(Aachen, Germany), Pr.Eng.(ZA), FIEAust) is Chief Executive Technologist at Ausmelt Ltd., Melbourne Australia and is Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University (Australia). He is also Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa - ZA). He was awarded the Doctorate of Engineering by the University of Stellenbosch for the thesis "The fundamental limits of recycling", covering R&D work as Professor of Engineering at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands, where he is Professor Emeritus), involving the European metallurgical, recycling and automotive industries. He has over 300 publications in journals, encyclopaedias, conference proceedings and has written a book "Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology", Elsevier (Amsterdam, 706p. 2005, ISBN-13: 978-0-444-51137-9). He also worked for Anglo American Corporation and Mintek in South Africa.
Email: Markus.Reuter@ausmelt.com.au .

Markus Reuter
Markus Reuter

Kari Heiskanen

Kari Heiskanen has an M.Sc and D.Sc in Minerals Processing from the Helsinki University of Technology, He is currently Professor in Minerals and Recycling Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the Helsinki University of Technology. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Mineral Processing.

Kari Heiskanen
Kari Heiskanen



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