Extractive Metallurgy 1 - Metals, Ore Deposits and Minerals

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

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This course is the first in a series of two courses on extractive metallurgy. It covers an introduction to metallurgy, properties of metals, ores and minerals and their electronic structure, commercial classification of metals and their uses, metal production and recycling, mineral sources and occurrences and prospecting/mining of ores.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 16 hours

Course Summary


Metals, Ore Deposits and Minerals is the first in a series of two courses on extractive metallurgy by the author, written for university students as well as practicing engineers and metallurgists. Extractive metallurgy deals with ores as raw material and metals as finished products. Metallurgy has been transformed into a modern science as a result of developments in chemistry and chemical engineering. This series of courses is an introduction to the subject based in part on a course offered by the American Chemical Society under the title Metallurgical Chemistry.

The full series includes...

  • Metals, Ore Deposits and Minerals
  • Mineral Beneficiation
Metals, Ore Deposits and Minerals covers an introduction to metallurgy, properties of metals and their structures in the context of the Periodic Table, commercial classification of metals and their uses, metal production and recycling, mineral occurrences and prospecting/mining of ores, properties of mineral and ores, and sources of minerals.


The course comprises 24 learning sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images, references and appendices, and interactive reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 16 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss metallurgy in the context of mineral and metal processing.
  • Discuss the properties of metals based on their electronic structure and their position within the Periodic Table.
  • Discuss the economic classification of metals, metal production and recycling.
  • Discuss mineral occurrences, sources of minerals and prospecting and mining of ores.
  • Discuss bonding, structure and other properties of minerals and ores.

Recommended Background

  • First year university level physics and chemistry.

Fathi Habashi

Fathi Habashi is Professor Emeritus of Extractive Metallurgy at Laval University in Quebec City. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cairo (1949), a Dr. techn. degree in Inorganic Chemical Technology from the University of Technology in Vienna (1959), and Dr.Sc. h.c. from the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia (1993). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Vienna (1959 - 1960), then he held the Canadian Government Scholarship in Ottawa (1960 - 1962), taught at Montana College of Mineral Science & Technology (1964 - 1967), then worked at the Extractive Metallurgical Research Department of Anaconda Company in Tucson, Arizona before joining Laval in 1970. In 1998 he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and in 1999 he received its silver medal. He is an Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Oruro in Bolivia, Honorary Citizen of the city of Oruro, Governor at the Fondation de l'Université Laval, and Member of Le Cercle des Ambassadeurs in Québec City.

He has published 75 research papers, 110 review articles, 120 historical articles, over 130 trip reports, 15 technical reports, over 120 book reviews, and holds 4 patents.