Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student will

  • understand the fundamental properties of minerals and their relevance in mineral enrichment and recycling operations
  • generate material balances from experimental observations and analyze process performance
  • understand the principles of grinding, liberation and classification,
  • understand the properties of solid particles and slurries and their means of transport
  • understand basic mineral properties and how to exploit them in enrichment operation technologies,
  • understand the effects of liberation on processing and recycling from a product-centric viewpoint

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 20.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Aromaa, Anna Danczak, Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Fundamental concepts in mining, mineral processing and recycling
    Material balance in processing plants
    Properties and transport of solid particles
    Properties and transport of slurry
    Mineral properties and separability curves
    Fundamentals of recycling operations

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tutorials and exercises in a computer class
    Assignments and presentations
    Independent study and exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h

    Tutorials 24 h

    Project (home) work 45 h

    Independent studies 42 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, Wills: Mineral Processing Technology, Elsevier; Worrell and Reuter: Handbook of recycling, Elsevier

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Together with course CHEM-E6125 Environmental Management in Industry (5 op), this course replaces the course MT-0.3401 Kierrätysjärjestelmät (10 op).

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption