Flotation cell close-up (left) and Philips Mineral Liberation Analysis software (right)
Welcome to the home page of the Process Mineralogy Committee (PMC). The Process Mineralogy Committee of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) is a committee of both the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Engineers (SME) and the Minerals Metallurgical and Materials Society (TMS).
The purpose of the Process Mineralogy Committee is to advance the application of mineralogy and mineral technology to various fields in mining, metallurgy, materials, energy, recycling and environmental issues. Through the use of various tools for mineral characterization and the fundamental knowledge of mineralogy and phase behaviors, problems asssociated with many industrial processes can be identified and solutions can be offered. Examples include the liberation and phase distribution for mineral beneficiation, smelting slag chemistry and controls, behaviors of precious metals containing phases in a leaching circuit, trouble-shooting in assays, acid mine drainage controls and remediation, ceramics and functional minerals preparation (mineral materials), fly ash and other industrial wastes characterization and beneficial reuses.
The Process Mineralogy Committee is active in both the SME and TMS in sponsoring scholar activities. An average of six sessions with a total of more than 30 papers are programmed per year. Due to the broadness of the process mineralogy field and strong interaction with other disciplines, joint efforts with other committees are common.
in the Process Mineralogy Committee is open to anyone with an interest
in the applied mineralogy field. Membership in the SME and/or TMS is strongly
encouraged. The committee does not charge membership dues. For additional
information please contact the chairperson e-mail: T.T. Chen of the committee.
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