Geochemical processes controlling in-situ recovery of copper

Pablo Ortega Tong

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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In-situ recovery (ISR) mining techniques are expected to play an essential role in helping to cover the dramatic increase in copper demand associated with the decarbonization of our economies. This research uses a comprehensive set of experimental and numerical techniques to understand and quantify the coupled physical and geochemical processes that control in-situ copper recovery from hard-rock environments. The study generated novel insights into the mineralogical controls that affect Cu recovery during sulphide oxidation and collectively represents a notable contribution to thedomain of ISR technologies and its efficacy under electrokinetic and hydraulic conditions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Prommer, Henning, Supervisor
  • Jamieson, James, Supervisor
  • Fourie, Andy, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date27 Jul 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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