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Staff Profile

Associate Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu

QualificationsPhD, DIC, BSc Eng (Hons)
Phone 0117177516
Organisational Unit School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

My particular areas of interest is on hydrometallurgical processing of valuable metals from primary, low grade and other alternative secondary sources such as waste material and dilute process streams. My aim is to develop a portfolio of high quality fundamental research that maximises returns from processing of primary and secondary mineral resources whilst paying particular attention to minimising the environmental impact across the hydrometallurgical industrial sector. This can be approached through improving the performance and efficiency of hydrometallurgical /extractive metallurgy processes by optimization of existing process routes and development   of new, potentially transformative, technologies. As a result, my work also touches on potentially transformative, technologies and process routes such a biohydrometallurgy and the integration of metal extraction processes (communition-leaching circuits) to maximise mineral and metal recovery and increase process efficiency at minimum costs. The work also covers water treatment in different industrial effluent and dilutes streams with the aim of recovering value metals and reusing the water in the plant processes. All these are areas of vast importance in the African mineral industries sector and other developing nations.

Hydrometallurgy of low and high grade ores : metal recovery from solid and liquid waste; recycling; waste water treatment 

Council Member  of The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) 

Selo is involved in a number of professional activities in and outside the University

Selo also loves to read fiction and non-fictional work, cooking and road running(marathons) 

Postgraduate Courses (GDE and MEng)

  • Leaching Processes in Hydrometallurgy (CHMT 7030
  • Separation Processes in Hydrometallurgy (CHMT7032)

Undergraduate Courses

  • Hydrometallurgy (CHMT 4000)
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals (CHMT 2013)
  • Practical Metallurgy (CHMT 2018)