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Prof Jochen Petersen

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cape Town
P/Bag Rondebosch 7701

T: + 27 (0)21 650 5766
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1998 Vordiplom (2nd year pass certificate) Chemical Engineering at Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany, BSc (Hons) Wits (1992), PhD UCT (1998),


2016- Professor-Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
2012-2105 Associate Professor-Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
2008-2011 Senior Lecturer – Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2002-2008 Senior Research Officer – Bioprocess Engineering Research Unit, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow/ Research Associate – Department of Metals and materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1998-1999 Post-doctoral Fellow/ Research Officer – EPSE, UCT
1988-1989 Student Researcher – Gold Exploitation Laboratory, Chamber of Mines Research Organization, Johannesburg, South Africa

Research Interests

Understanding the Factors that Drive and Limit Heap Bioleaching, Leach Mechanisms at the Particulate and Aggregate Scale, Fundamental Leach Mechanisms

Current Projects

  • The influence of diffusion pathways on the solution potential in mineral leach systems
  • In-situ leaching of rare earth elements
  • The kinetics of lime dissolution in acid mine drainage neutralization
  • Investigation of heap leach phenomena in large particles
  • Urban mining and e-waste recycling.

Selected Publications

Petersen, J.: ‘Heap Leaching as a Key Technology for Recovery of Values from Low-grade Ores – A Brief Overview’; Hydrometallurgy (in press); published online: 26-SEP-2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2015.09.001

Ghorbani, Y., Franzidis, J.-P., Petersen, J.: ‘Heap leaching technology – current state, innovations and future directions: A review’; Minerals Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review 37:2, 2016, 73-119, DOI:10.1080/08827508.2015.1115990

Moyo, T., Petersen, J., Franzidis, J.-P., Nicol, M.: ‘An electrochemical study of the dissolution of chalcopyrite in ammonia–ammonium sulphate solutions’; Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly 54, 2015, 268-277

Muzawazi, C. and Petersen, J. : ‘Heap and tank leaching of copper and nickel from a Platreef flotation concentrate using ammoniacal solutions’; Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly 54, 2015, 296-303

Nesbitt, A., Petersen J. and Franzidis, J-P.: ‘Decoupling Intra-particle Diffusion form Lumped Parameters to Determine the Inn-service Decay of an Acid Ion-exchange Resin’ in Dreisinger et al. (eds) Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium - Hydrometallurgy 2014 - Volume II, CIM, p 213-222; ISBN 978-1-926872-23-0

Mwase, J.M., Petersen, J., Eksteen, J.J.: ‘A novel sequential heap leach process for treating crushed Platreef ore’; Hydrometallurgy 141, 2014, 97 - 104