MIN491 - Fundamentals of Electrometallurgy

Course specification
Course titleFundamentals of Electrometallurgy
Study programme
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ConditionN/AОблик условљености
      The goalThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the basics of theoretical and practical skills that enable them to continue learning and practicing appropriate technologies of the electrometallurgy.
      The outcomeAfter successful completion of the course students are: (i) acquire basic theoretical knowledge that enable them to continue studying electrometallurgy, (ii) have mastered the basic skills for the practical application of existing technologies of the electrometallurgy, (iii) acquire communication and social skills in defining problems and the need for teamwork
      Contents of lecturesBasic concepts. Phase boundary and the electrochemical double layer. Standard potentials. Spontaneous reactions in electrochemical systems. Cementation of metal. Electrolysis. The theoretical decomposition voltage. The order of playing the reaction at the anode and cathode. Rate and the overvoltage of the electrochemical reaction. - Energy parameters of electrochemical reactors. The conductivity of the electrolyte solution and melt. Faraday's law of electrolysis current efficiency. Voltage, power and energy of the electrochemical reactors. Electricity consumption per unit weight of the product. Energy and material balance of the system. Optimization of electrochemical parameters. Comparative analysis of the solution and melt electrolysis. - Theoretical basis of electrochemical metals refining. Electrolysis with a soluble anode. The mechanism of the elimination of impurities. Bases of electrochemical refining of copper. - Theoretical basis of electrochemical production of metals. Electrolysis with insoluble anode. Anode materials. Electrocatalysis. The influence of impurities on the hydrogen evolution rate and current efficiency. Purification of the electrolyte. The technology of electrochemical zinc production. Amalgam metallurgy. Electrolysis of molten salts: production of the aluminum, alkali and alkaline earth metals. Galvanizing. - Morphology of metals electrodeposits. Possible forms of metal deposits. Production of the metal powders. - Environmental protection in electrometallurgy
      Contents of exercises
      1. K. I. Popov, B. N. Grgur, OSNOVI ELEKTROMETALURGIJE, Tehnološko-metalurški fakultet, Beograd, 2002, udžbenik (Original title)
      2. Konstantin I. Popov, Stojan S. Đokić, Branimir N. Grgur, Fundamental Aspects of Electrometallurgy, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 2002. (Original title)
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
      Methods of teachingLectures that include demonstration experiments, with the active participation of students in the curriculum through discussions and consultations, as well as the preparation the test.
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
      Activites during lectures50Test paper
      Practical lessonsOral examination50