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 passing the course, student can:

describe the basic hydrometallurgical processes and technologies,

select leaching, solution purification and recovery methods based on properties of raw materials and the product,

evaluate the driving forces of a unit process and its kinetics,

knows the basics of flow-sheet modelling and is able to design and dimension a simple system in steady state condition

Credits: 5

Schedule: 21.10.2024 - 29.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Aromaa, Mari Lundström

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    General flowsheet of a hydrometallurgical process

    Unit operations in hydrometallurgy

    Factors affecting operation of unit processes

    Calculation of mass and energy balances

    Flow-sheet modeling with HSC Sim

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Tutorials and exercises in a computer class

    Process selection case work in selected topics and report preparation

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 12 h

    Tutorials and exercises 30 h

    Process selection case work 54 h

    Independent studies 39 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn II - II
    2025-2026 Autumn II - II