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SME Tucson Section March Meeting

  • 1.  SME Tucson Section March Meeting

    Posted 03-06-2022 03:40 PM
    The Tucson Section meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9th at 6pm.  Please join us in-person or virtually, using the links below.

    In-person registration link

    Virtual Attendee Link (virtual portion of the meeting starts at 7:45 PM


    Mitchell Catling, Lab Leader Hydromet, Leaching, BASF


    LixTRATM is a low-foaming, oligomeric wetting aid that was specifically designed for compatibility with downstream processes such as SX-EW. There is a concept in hydrogeology of mobile versus immobile regions of soil (or ore), where the proximity of grains to each other will dictate where flow can and cannot go. This is primarily controlled by surface tension and viscosity.  With leach solutions, there will be a set pore throat size that, below this size, raffinate will not be able to penetrate/flow through the space to leach metal.  Reducing the surface tension allows you to gain access to smaller pore throats and more metal. This has resulted in an increase in the kinetic rate of metal recovery from target ores from across the globe. This presentation will provide an overview of the technology and some case studies from laboratory to field scale, demonstrating the efficacy of the reagent.


    • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Social Hour
    • 7:00pm - 7:45pm   Dinner
    • 7:45pm - 8:00pm Announcements (START OF VIRTUAL MEETING)
    • 8:00pm - 8:30pm Program
    • 8:30pm - 8:45pm Q&A

    Location: HEXAGON, 40 E Congress St #300, Tucson, AZ 85701. CLICK FOR MAP.

    • $25 for SME Tucson members
    • $35 for non-members
    • Free for UA SME Student Chapter members
    • Free for virtual attendees

    Payable at the door by cash, credit card, or check payable to SME Tucson.

    Thank you to all our 2021 Scholarship Fundraiser sponsors: 

    Hexagon Mining - Stantec - Freeport-McMoRan Sierrita Operations - GroundProbeIndependent Mining ConsultantsAmes ConstructionAusencoGolder Associates / WSPKE&G ConstructionM3 Engineering & TechnologyMontgomery & AssociatesPioneer EquipmentVerdad Group LLC - WoodBoart LongyearFlorence Copper - McCraren Compliance - Southwest EnergySRK ConsultingDr. Brad RossCori HoagMayes ConsultingWestLand Resources