Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII – April 29-May 4, 2018

Phosphate mining is one of the world’s largest mining industries in terms of value of production and annual tonnage. However, papers on phosphate mining and mineral processing are usually rare at most of the major mining as well as mineral processing conferences, both nationally and internationally.  Beneficiation of Phosphates has been established as the only conferences of international significance focusing on phosphate mineral processing.

Phosphate ore is not only the source of an essential nutrient (P) for plant growth, but it also contains substantial amounts of elements critical to developing green energy for the future. Uranium in phosphate deposits account for 88% of the unconventional U resources, while rare earth elements (REEs) in phosphate deposits represent hundreds of years of current world demand for these vital elements.  Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII will devote at least two sessions to comprehensive recovery of P and other values from phosphate ore, such as U, REEs, F, Th, and I.

Phosphate mining and processing generate two major waste streams, waste clay and phosphogypsum, in huge quantity.  These wastes are becoming significant financial and environmental liabilities for the industry, and present a public perception problem as well.  Naturally, utilization and treatment of these wastes will be one of the focuses of this conference, with two sessions tentatively scheduled, one on waste reduction and another on waste utilization.  Other important issues to be discussed include flotation efficiency, dolomite separation techniques, reduction of silica content, on-line analysis and process control, novel processing techniques and machinery, and hydrometallurgical processes.

In summary, Beneficiation of Phosphates VIII will cover the following topics:

  • Flotation and other physical separation techniques
  • New reagents development and testing
  • Beneficiation of carbonaceous phosphates
  • Separation of silica and silicates from phosphate
  • Processing of low-grade phosphates
  • Analysis and process control
  • Equipment and process development
  • Advances in phosphoric acid manufacturing
  • Phosphoric acid purification and uses
  • Comprehensive recovery of rare earths and other useful values from phosphate
  • Phosphogypsum purification and utilization
  • Sustainable development and the environment.

Conference Organization


Dr. Patrick Zhang, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute, USA


Professor Jan Miller, University of Utah, USA
Professor Laurindo Leal Filho, Vale Institute of Technology (ITV), Brazil
Marius Porteus, Foskor-Mining Division, South Africa
Professor Neil Snyders, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr. Abdelaâli Kossir, OCP Group, Morocco
Mr. Ewan Wingate, WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd., Australia
Prof. Guven Akdogan, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Organizing Committee Members:

Gary Albarelli, FIPR Institute
Tariq Alfariss, King Saudi University
Salah Al-Thyabat, Al-Hussein BinTalal University
Ricardo de Lima Barreto, Vale Fertilizantes
Steven Bradshaw, Stellenbosch University
Christie Dorfling, Stellenbosch University
Hassan El-Shall, University of Florida
Charles Guan, Mosaic
Hans Huckstedt, LL Namibia Phosphates
Pieter Jacobs, Foskor
Andrew James, Phosphate Australia Limited
Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez Magnetics
Paul Kucera, Mosaic
Hamid Mazouz, OCP Group, Morocco
Brij Moudgil, University of Florida
Todd Parker, Arr-Maz Custom Chemicals
Jorgen Stenvold, Yara International ASA
Margreth Tadie, Stellenbosch University
Chuncheng Wei, China Bluestar Lehigh Eng. Corp.
Wending Xiao, Wuhan Inst. of Technology
Xiang Yang, China Univ. Geosciences
Zeqiang Zhang, Wuhan Institute of Technology

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

Oral and poster abstract deadline:      November 1, 2017

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at THIS LINK

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is one of the leading cities in Africa, the second-most populated city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country. The city is set within the unique Cape floral kingdom and is surrounded by the historic winelands of the Western Cape that have earned the city its reputation as a gastronomic destination. Iconic Table Mountain forms the backdrop of the CBD (central business district) that runs down to its famous harbor and Table Bay. Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination and the #1 Convention City in Africa.

The Century City Conference Centre is strategically located on the N1 highway just a few minutes from Cape Town’s CBD. It is a secure, privately-managed, 250-hectare mixed-use precinct. This world-class model of New Urban planning and implementation successfully combines residential, commercial and leisure components in a beautifully landscaped setting on the banks of eight kilometers of picturesque waterways and canals. Century City is centrally located in relation to greater Cape Town, with easy access from the CBD, the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and the Southern, Northern and West Coast suburbs. Its location on the N1 also provides convenient access to the Cape Town International Airport, and the Cape Winelands.

The conference center boasts start of the art audio visual capabilities and high-speed wifi access throughout. It also has its own 125-room hotel.

For more information on Cape Town visit the official tourism web site.

General Information about ECI

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The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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Dr. Brian Birky Publishes Book Chapter on “Phosphorus and Phosphates” in Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology – Thirteenth Edition

Springer Publications recently issued its Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology – Thirteenth Edition, a three-volume, 42-chapter set, state-of-the-art professional sourcebook for the science and engineering and practices of the chemical process industry. All the chapters have been updated and written by individuals with demonstrated expertise in their respective fields. The chapters are organized into seven sections, each section being devoted to a specific area of industrial chemistry and biotechnology: Section 1: Raw Materials for the Chemical Process Industries, Section 2: Industrial Organic Chemistry, Section 3: Industrial Inorganic Chemistry, Section 4: Polymer Chemistry, Section 5: Biochemistry, Section 6: Emerging Fields of Industrial Chemistry, and Section 7: Industrial Processing and Engineering.

Dr. Brian Birky of the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR Institute) updated the Volume 2, Section 3, Chapter “Phosphorus and Phosphates” by adding new process descriptions, illustrations, and emerging technologies. From the chapter abstract:

“Phosphate rock extraction from its ore, and its subsequent conversion into fertilizer materials and industrial chemicals, is a relatively mature art. While production of phosphoric acid from sedimentary phosphate rock via the “wet process” dominates the industry, the geology and mineralogy of source rock varies, and many processing choices are available. Changing global economics, social and environmental pressures affect modern market conditions. This chapter discusses phosphate mineralogy, deposits, mining, beneficiation, production, value, chemical processing technologies, products, by-products, and environmental factors.”

Detailed Citation is given below: Three Volume Set entitled “Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology – Thirteenth Edition” Edited by James A. Kent, Tilak V. Bommaraju and Scott D. Barnicki ISBN: 978-3-319-52285-2 (Print); 978-3-319-52287-6 (eBook) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52287-6 Volume 2, Section 3, Pages: 1211-1239, 2017

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