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Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) double-header event

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Join the Sydney Branch for their October technical talk: Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) double-header event.

About this event

Direct Lithium Extraction - from brines (DLE) without the need for a really extensive evaporation ponds in arid environments has the potential to radically reshape the geography and processing methodologies of global lithium production.

DLE is however technically complex and commercially not mature. It remains to be seen the extent to which its promise can be realised - and over what timeframe.

For our upcoming October Technical Meeting, the AusIMM Sydney Branch will hear from two leading global experts, from two world-class research organisations.

There will be two speakers on the evening - Laura Hubbard who will start the evening off looking at the Lithium market outlook and Michael Page will follow with a discussion on extraction technologies.

Laura Hubbard, Wood Mackenzie
Title: “Lithium Market Outlook (with specific focus on the role of DLE)”.


  • Discussion of global lithium market trends and how these will impact future supply availability and pricing, drawing from Wood Mackenzie's latest research in its Q3,2023 Lithium Markets outlook.
  • Where DLE technologies are used today, and the challenges which have limited widespread use of DLE historically.

Michael Page, ANSTO
Title: “Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) Technologies – How they work and where to use them”.


  • Direct lithium extraction (DLE) technologies are of considerable interest for their potential to unlock the value of new types of lithium reserves previously inaccessible with conventional processing technologies.
  • DLE technologies boast impressive selectivity and are capable of extracting lithium from solution exclusively over all other elements – but what’s the catch?
  • This talk will provide a general overview of the most prominent DLE technologies coming to market and explain the fundamentals of how they work, how to use them and where their application makes the most sense.

This is an evening not to be missed by anyone with an interest in the future of lithium production.


Laura Hubbard

Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie
Laura is a Managing Consultant in Wood Mackenzie’s APAC Consulting business.
Laura has led BRM and battery value chain consulting engagements with Wood Mackenzie since 2019. Projects include market outlook and benchmarking work to support Tianqi Lithium’s 2022 IPO and BRM sourcing strategy projects for leading cell makers and OEMs.
Prior to Wood Mackenzie Laura worked for Orica in Market Intelligence and Product Management roles.

Dr Michael Page

Hydrometallurgist and Research Scientist, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Michael is a Hydrometallurgist and Research Scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Michael has been at ANSTO for over 8 years where he has specialised in the research and development of novel ion exchange technologies and as a consultant developing lithium processing flowsheets for clients in the mining industry.
Before joining ANSTO Michael worked in academia in Australia and the UK.
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Date and Time

Wednesday, 18 October 2023
5.00pm – 7.00pm (UTC+11:00)


K&L Gates
Level 31, 1 O'Connell Street


Members: Free
Non Members: Free
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