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Southern Queensland Branch

Recovery of critical minerals and low carbon pathways

PD Hours
Join the Southern Queensland Branch for their October in-person and livestream tech talk: Recovery of critical minerals from end-of-life consumer materials and low carbon pathways - European and American smelters and the Australian challenge.

About this event

With the increasing demand of base and critical metals, there is an increasing appreciation for the recovery of these materials from end-of-life consumer materials. Examples of these include, electronic waste, lead-acid batteries, and other complex materials.

Internationally, a number of facilities exist and recycling is a major industry in places like Europe and America where there is a large and high density population, coupled with high levels of consumption. The recycling of lead acid batteries and electronic waste will be discussed in these two regions, both the technologies used and considerations for businesses in these regions.

The Australian situation for similar businesses will be discussed. In addition, opportunities for low and zero-carbon processing of these materials will also be discussed along with the challenges associated with the use of hydrocarbons in consumer materials.

Join us in-person or via livestream to find out more!

5.30pm - 6.00pm - Networking and nibbles in the street level Craft Bar
6.00pm - 7.15pm - Presentation
6.00pm - 7.15pm AEST 


Stuart Nicol

Committee Member
Senior Metallurgist, Glencore Technology
Stuart Nicol (RPEQ) has a BE and PhD in chemical and metallurgical engineering from the University of Queensland.

He is an expert in base metal smelting, with experience in the operation, design and fundamentals of smelters gained from experience working in both Australia and the USA. Currently, he is working on a number of international projects which are recovering critical metals from end-of-life consumer materials.

He is also Deputy Chair of the AusIMM Metallurgical Society.

The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Wednesday, 04 October 2023
5.30pm – 7.15pm (UTC+10:00)

Date and Time

Wednesday, 04 October 2023
5.30pm – 7.15pm (UTC+10:00)


The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000
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Members: $10
Student Members: $5
Non-Members: $25

Members: $5
Student Members: $0
Non-Members: $20
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