Air Pollution in Mining and Metallurgy

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Pollution Control".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 December 2023) | Viewed by 804

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Guest Editor
CTRI - Centre Technologique Des Résidus Industriels, Rouyn-Noranda, QC, Canada
Interests: mining engineering; resource recovery; metals recycling; waste management; green processes; e-waste; lithium-ion batteries
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Guest Editor Assistant
Kingston Process Metallurgy (KPM), Kingston, ON, Canada
Interests: rare earth elements; lithium; gold; hydrometallurgy; bioleaching; bio-oxidation; sustainable metal extraction; metal recycling; kinetics; adsorption; thermodynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the growth of industries and advancement in technologies, the demand for metals has simultaneously accelerated. This has resulted in a greater demand for mining and metallurgical activities, which are often associated with the generation of emissions and consumption of energy. As the world cannot be sustained without the use of metals, mining activities and metallurgical processes cannot be stopped. Efforts have been made to monitor and minimize the emissions caused by these essential industries. This Special Issue aims to present a collection of some of the latest studies in this field. These include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Monitor and determination of the emissions in mining operations and metallurgical processes.
  • Policies and legislations used to control and manage air pollution caused by mining and metallurgical activities.
  • Application and development of alternative processes to replace old-fashioned operations.
  • The development of cleaner technologies for different steps of size reduction, activating minerals, and accelerating the chemical reactions in mineral processing and metallurgy.
  • Investigations about avoiding the formation of carbon dioxide and toxic fumes by introducing alternative processes.
  • Life cycle assessment of mining and metallurgical processes.
  • Capturing and fixing carbon dioxide based on novel processes, such as biological activities, to convert the emitted carbon to some added-value products (e.g., biofuel and methylene), or using carbon dioxide for carbonating minerals.
  • Developments in the utilization of novel fixing chemicals and catalysts to prevent the evaporation of dangerous fumes (e.g., halogenated gases, furans, and dioxin).
  • Developments in artificial intelligence for an improved performance of the operating systems and minimizing emissions.
  • Design and application of more efficient comminution techniques for a more efficient operation (high-voltage fragmentation, microwave, ultrasound, and softening pre-treatments).
  • Progress in mine detonation and advanced designs to minimize emissions and dusts.
  • Introduction of novel dust collectors and emission-management systems.
  • Valorizing the collected dusts in the emission-control systems.

Dr. Fariborz Faraji
Guest Editor

James McNeice
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • air quality
  • environmental policy
  • carbon capture
  • industrial pollution
  • smelting
  • sustainable development
  • dust emission
  • automation and artificial intelligence
  • emissions control
  • cleaner technologies

Published Papers

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