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Mineral Resource Extraction

Mineral resource extraction involves the study of the processes used in the excavation, separation and concentration of raw materials. The field covers all aspects of the physical and chemical processes used to produce mineral-containing and metallic materials, sometimes for direct use as a finished product, but more often in a form that requires further processing. Mineral resource extraction is critical to various sectors, including high-tech industries, clean energy and national defense. Advances in mineral resource extraction technologies will bring significant social, economic and environmental benefits. 

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Recent Publications

  1. Talan, D., & Huang, Q. (2020). Separation of thorium, uranium, and rare earths from a strip solution generated from coarse coal refuse. Hydrometallurgy, 197, 105446.
  2. Huang, Q., Noble, A., & Talan, D. (2020). Exploratory investigation on the use of low-cost alternative media for ultrafine grinding of coal. International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, 1-18.
  3. Huang, Q., Talan, D., Restrepo, J. H., Baena, O. J. R., Kecojevic, V., & Noble, A. (2019). Characterization study of rare earths, yttrium, and scandium from various Colombian coal samples and non-coal lithologies. International Journal of Coal Geology, 209, 14-26.
  4. Huang, Q., Yang, X., & Honaker, R. Q. (2019). Evaluation of Frother Types for Improved Flotation Recovery and Selectivity. Minerals 9(10), 590.
  5. Huang, Q., Noble, A., Herbst, J., & Honaker, R. (2018). Liberation and release of rare earth minerals from Middle Kittanning, Fire Clay, and West Kentucky No. 13 coal sources. Powder Technology , 332, 242-252.