Countdown to October REE Symposium COM13 in Montreal
This year’s COM13 REE Symposium, one of several held under the Conference of Metallurgists (COM) banner, builds on last year’s inaugural success, with a stronger and more diverse program. This Symposium differs from most other rare earth forums in that significant attention is focused on the latest advances in science and engineering of rare earth materials processing and application. The COM13 REE Symposium is being held in Montreal, Canada from October 27th–31st.
This year, COM is for the first time, being held in conjunction with the highly popular Materials Science and Technology Conference (MS&T) – a conference which averages 3000 attendees from both industry and academia each year. The REE Symposium program will feature 55 presentations from 17 different countries. A compendium of the peer-reviewed papers presented will be available at the Symposium.
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The REE program will cover:
- REE Beneficiation – mineral processing
- Hydrometallurgical Extraction of REE – from ore, concentrates, and recycled material
- Separation of REEs – technology, chemical and physical feed specifications
- Environmental Issues
- Optical, photonic, electronic, magnetic and energy applications of REE-based materials
- Synthesis and characterization of rare-earth-based materials and hybrids
The Symposium opens on Monday, October 28th with feature presentations from Natural Resources Canada, the recently established Critical Materials Institute, and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology. They will speak on their respective programs for the advancement of rare earth research and development. The afternoon will feature papers on REE advanced materials, including presentations from Ames Laboratories, MIT, and Missouri S&T.
Day Two will begin with presentations on the recycling of rare earth materials, and will transition to presentations on hydrometallurgical techniques for the recovery of REEs from mineral concentrates. The Recycling session will include presentations from IFW Dresden and McGill University. The Hydrometallurgy session will include presentations from ANSTO, Indian Rare Earths and the Wuhan Institute of Technology. The day will end with presentations on rare earth mineralogy and beneficiation techniques, featuring presentations from SGS Lakefield, University of Alberta and Avalon Rare Metals.
The Symposium’s third day will commence with presentations from General Motors, General Electric and Arnold Magnetics on the changing demand and supply issues surrounding rare earth permanent magnets. These will be followed by talks on advanced materials, recycling and rare earth separation technologies. The Advanced Materials session will feature presentations from Molycorp, University of Brunel, Sigma Aldrich and the National Research Council of Canada. Ames Laboratories and the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry will deliver presentations in the Recycling session. A session on Separation will feature presentations from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Laval University and Mintek.
The closing half-day of the REE Symposium will discuss the advances in hydrometallurgical processes for various rare earth deposits around the world, featuring papers from SGS Lakefield, John Goode & Associates, Wuhan Institute of Technology, and CANMET. The Symposium will come to a close at noon.
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