Review: Habashi, F., Extractive Metallurgy Today: Progress and Problems, Quebec City: Laval University, 2000, 312 p.

Review: Habashi, F., Extractive Metallurgy Today: Progress and Problems, Quebec City: Laval... Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, Vol. 74, No. 10, 2001, p. 1780. Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Khimii, Vol. 74, No. 10, 2001, p. 1724. Original Russian Text Copyright C 2001 by Morachevskii, Beloglazov. ˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝ BOOK REVIEWS ˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝˝ Habashi, F., Extractive Metallurgy Today: Progress and Problems, Quebec City: Laval University, 2000, 312 pp. Professor F. Habashi is a known Canadian scientist, ufacture of high-purity metals (modern analytical a specialist in nonferrous metallurgy, and the author monitoring methods, electrolytic refining, chemical of a great number of books, part of which have been transport processes, physical methods). The entire ma- translated in Russia. His new review book makes terial is illustrated by concrete examples. The same an attempt to reflect, primarily for the example of part of the book discusses the rise in production and Canada, the advance in metallurgy, made from 1960 consumption of a great number of metals during a long till 2000, and to formulate the most currently pressing period from 1860 till 2000, the use of the metallur- problems. During this period, new research centers gical wastes and secondary raw materials, recovery of concerned with various metallurgical processes ap- gaseous products and gas purification, and advances peared, the number of scientific conferences increased, in application of new technologies. and the dataware was improved. All these factors fa- The third part of the book, [Extractive Metallurgy vored the development of energy-saving technologies, at Laval University] (chapters 11315; pp. 1493211) ensured a decrease in pollution, and promoted auto- is concerned with investigations in metallurgy, per- mation of both the technological processes themselves formed at Laval University in Quebec (Canada). Af- and methods for their control. ter a brief description of the history of the Univer- The book is excellently illustrated and contains nu- sity and the Department of Mining and Metallurgy, merous high-quality photographs and visual schemes. the book considers the processes and systems studied In the given case, this is an important constituent of there. As particular examples are discussed the reac- the book, largely affecting the manner of presentation, tion of chalcopyrite with hydrogen and chlorine and since 21% of the entire book’s volume is occupied by reduction of sulfates of a number of metals with hy- photographs, mainly colored, and further 14%, by var- drogen. ious schemes. The information value of the book is even more increased by reference lists given at the end The fourth part of the book, [Industrial Minerals of each chapter. at Laval University] (chapters 16, 17; pp. 2153271), discusses the processing of phosphate ores containing The book comprises a brief introduction and 18 compounds of rare earths and a number of silicate small chapters grouped into five parts. The first part, rocks. [General] (chapters 1, 2; pp. 3314), contains most general evidence. In particular, the relationship be- The fifth part, [Literature Guide] (ch. 18; pp. 2753 tween the most important sections of metallurgy - 305), contains valuable evidence concerning the or- hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electrometallurgy - ganizing and holding of metallurgical conferences of and their relations to other fields of science are dis- various levels and the relevant publications. cussed. The most important problems of metallurgy It should be noted once more that the book is ex- are indicated. cellently published, is written in a well-understandable [Progress and Problems] (chapters 3310; pp. 153 manner, and contains a vast body of interesting and 148) is the second, main part. The author considers valuable information about processes of mainly non- a wide variety of issues, including processing of lean ferrous metallurgy. ores, recovery of metals from ores with complex composition (sulfide, oxide, oxide-sulfide), and man- A. G. Morachevskii and I. N. Beloglazov 1070-4272/01/7410-1780 $25.00 C 2001 MAIK [Nauka/Interperiodica] Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry Springer Journals

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