Innovation in Metals Production – Faster, Cheaper, Safer

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 610, M&M Building

Prof. David Robertson
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO


Metals constitute an important class within the more general category of materialsand steel is by far the most produced of all the metals.  The lecture will giveexamples of how basic scientific knowledge is gained and then used to meet thetechnical challenges and opportunities that arise as we strive to satisfy the everrising demand for metals in a world where sustainability is a vital issue.


David Robertson is Professor Emeritus at the Missouri University ofScience and Technology.  He was the TMS Extractive Metallurgy Lecturer in 2008and Director of the national Center for Pyrometallurgy (funded by the US Bureauof Mines) from 1985-1996.  Dr. Robertson’s teaching and research interests havecovered the smelting and refining of all the metals – from aluminum through copperand steel to zinc.  He and his colleagues have always worked closely withindustry, both in the US and internationally. The citation for the Elliott LecturerAward reads:  “For application of process modeling to steel refining technology,and for advances in quantitative analysis of metallurgical processes.

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