November Section Meeting

When:  Nov 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MT)
Associated with  Colorado SME Section
Please join us for a combined meeting of the Colorado SME Section and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Student SME Chapter. The meeting will be held on the CSM campus in Berthoud Hall, Room 243 (the geology building).

Tickets are $25 for non-students; $10 for students. Non-students: Please purchase tickets through this Eventbrite page. Students: Please RSVP to Sarah Doyle ( and pay cash at the door. Tickets include dinner and beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options).

Please register for the event on the Eventbrite page link below

Lithium Markets & Mining – It’s Not Just the Metal
Walter Weinig

Abstract: Lithium has been a hot commodity the past couple of years. Lithium demand growth is driven by the rapidly expanding electric-vehicle battery market. The forecast demand has driven a sharp increase in exploration for the two main sources of lithium, continental brines and pegmatites, as well as potential new sources in lacustrine clays.

However, mining and beneficiation of lithium are only the start of the story. The primary products in demand by battery manufacturers are not lithium metal, but high-purity lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide monohydrate. As a result, the upstream end of the lithium-to-vehicle supply chain requires a blend of mining and specialty-chemical approaches. New technologies on the processing side promise to revolutionize the industry by increasing recoveries from lithium brines and reducing environmental impact in the sensitive environments where brine deposits are located.


Colorado School of Mines - Berthoud Hall Room 243
Corner of 16th St and Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401


Saah Doyle