“Although cyanide and its many chemical forms are toxic, if managed well cyanide is still the lixiviant (extracting solution) of choice for the extraction of gold and silver from ore materials,” Silvia said.
“Having a sound knowledge of cyanide chemistry will facilitate the safe and efficient management of cyanide, cyanidation mill tailings and leach solutions.”
The course will be of interest to metallurgists, environmental scientists, managers and others working in mining, petroleum and electroplating industries.
“Silvia’s expertise in cyanide chemistry is nationally and internationally recognised through her participation in Standards Australia and the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO). She joined ChemCentre in 1989 and has expertise in environmental science, with an emphasis in the gold mining industry, particularly with cyanide and thiosulphate processes.
At the training course, Silvia will be presenting alongside CSIRO scientists Dr Paul Breuer, Dr Xianwen Dai and Ms Danielle Hewitt, all of whom she worked with to develop the course and the extensive training manual that is given to course participants.
“The 57-page course manual includes technical notes and references, a guide to international standards and definitions, and information from various companies,” Silvia said.
“It’s a hands on course. Participants conduct experiments on industry samples and see the data that comes out, so it’s very practical and applicable. We also have discussion sessions, which provide an opportunity for people to share any difficulties they may be having at their minesites and to get advice.”
The course is run once or twice a year, depending on demand. An expression of interest has recently been circulated to industry and a course will be conducted in coming months. Dates will be finalised when participant numbers are known and in consultation with industry. The course includes tours of CSIRO and ChemCentre facilities.
For further information about the course and expression of interest to attend contact
Xianwen Dai, CSIRO Ph: +61 8 9334 8073 or Email: Xianwen.firstname.lastname@example.org