1st Conference on Sustainable Mineral Resources Development &Utilization(SMRDU’18)

Minerals in the environment and their products produced are all around us & we are using in our daily life. These minerals have a phenomenal impact on our way of life & health. Minerals are critical for the economy of the nation. It is important to know, where the mineral resources come in future is the key to sustainable development & security of a Nation.“Underdevelopment” and “development” of any country is generally related to access to the natural mineral resources. But with the advances in technology and growth of an economy, the relative importance of natural resources tends to decline. The existence of rich resources is not an adequate condition for the developed industry, but it helps.Many countries don’t have mineral resources & dependent on imported ores. They have shown that by improving & adopting the technology, a strong industrial base can be initiated. Deficiency of resources can be compensated by adopting advanced technology in better recovery from crude form & value-added product recovery

 

Mineral processing is of paramount importance; the way we live our lives. The demand for metals & other minerals is increasing day by day as the world economies are growing. These minerals constitute valuable raw materials for many basic industries and 80% of the industry is dependent on these known minerals. Mineral resources are one of the major assets of the country around the globe. The resource itself may not be much of the value until it is exploited & utilized efficiently. It is only possible when expertise in the specific fields & latest technology may be employed in a sustainable manner. In this context, research is being conducted by the professionals, scientists & engineers to develop the processes that need fewer resources & in a sustainable way in the field of mineral processing.

 

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology being leading engineering university is taking another giant leap to organize SMRDU’18 under HEC-BC Knowledge Economy Partnership with Manchester University, UK (birthplace of Chemical Engineering) in the important area of global interest. It will provide an umbrella to the interdisciplinary scholars from around the world in the field of Chemical, metallurgical, mining, materials, environmental, civil, geological engineering in addition to chemistry, geology & other scientific community involved in the mineral processing & utilization research & development to  contribute & share their research findings in the broader areas of clay, metal & energy minerals.

Topics of interest for submission (oral & poster) includes:

Geology, Mining & Beneficiation (GMB)Mineral geology, chemistry & characterization; Advancement in Mining technology, Technological mineralogy; Comminution & classification; Physical enrichment-gravity, magnetic and electrostatic separation; Surface chemistry, Flotation fundamentals, reagents & technology; Processing of fines and slimes; Hydro- and bio-hydrometallurgy, mineral beneficiation
Environment, Health, safety & management (EHSM)Health & safety in mining & mineral processing industry; Mine ventilation; Acid mine drainage; waste management; Water, Air Protection; Nature and Landscape, Environmental Risks, Environmental Technologies and Application; Biodegratation, Bioremediation and Biodeterioration (BBB); Environmental Policy and Instruments,  Mineral resources management & development, Management & of Natural Resources; Sustainable mineral economics; International law, trade & treaties
Mineral processing (MP)Effective utilization, recovery & value addition of mineral resources; Treatment and use of mineral resources; Metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, composite materials, fibers, nanostructured materials; Mechanical activation; Dewatering and thermal drying; Froth Flotation and Flocculation; Agglomeration, briquetting and pelletisation; Gravity separation and Heavy media separation; recovery of value added products; Recovery of precious metals; precious stones value addition; Biomineralization, Biofilms.
Technological Advanced Material (TAM)Materials Science; smart materials, Nano materials, Microelectronic & magnetic Materials, Bio medical material, Hybrid Optical materials, Advanced Textile Materials, New Functional materials, Smart/Intelligent Materials/Intelligent Systems, Materials Physics & Chemistry, bulk material
Energy Minerals (EM)Coal properties and coal petrography, Surface chemistry of coal and minerals, Coal utilization, Recovery value added product recovery from minerals; Advancements in oil & gas in drilling, exploration, production (conventional & unconventional), Surfac facilities.

Project Overview

Pakistan has two large deposits of Kaolin in Nagar Parker, Sindh and Swat,  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. The total reserves in Nagar Parker, District Tharparker. and Swat, KPK is estimated to be 4.333 and 2.8 million tons, respectively. The Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, is a large, arid region in the north-western part of the Indian subcontinent that forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan. It is the world's 17th largest desert and the world's 9th largest subtropical desert.  It is the only fertile desert in the world. In Thar, huge deposits of coal (175BT), Kaolin and granite have been found in addition to many other mineral resources still not realized.

The project is a collaboration between Mehran University of Engineering & Technology& University of Manchester, UK. It aims to convert raw Kaolin into Zeolite; a value-added product that can be used in a variety of industries including petroleum refineries and water treatment plants. Though research concerning the production of Zeolite from alumina and silica-based compounds in an economic and environment-friendly manner is in progress, however, synthesis of Nagarparker Kaolin into good quality Zeolite has not been attempted yet.