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Mr Petrie van Wyk
Lecturer

Short Bio

Mr van Wyk has been employed as a lecturer inthe Process Engineering Department (Stellenbosch University) since 2014. His undergraduate responsibilities include lecturing the first year introductory course Engineering Chemistry and one of the core modules of the degree program, Mass and Energy Balances.

He holds a BEng (Chemical Engineering) (2011), and a MEng (Extractive Metallurgical Engineering) (2014), both from Stellenbosch University, and is currently enrolled part-time for a PhD, titled “A dynamic model for the atmospheric leaching of PGM-containing Ni-Cu-Fe-S Pierce Smith Converter matte”, under the supervision of Prof Steven Bradshaw.

Mr van Wyk is a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).

Research Interests

Mr van Wyk’s main research interests are in the broad field of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, with a more specific focus on hydrometallurgical extraction processes within the context of the Southern African mining sector. This includes the fundamental understanding of leaching processes, primarily in the precious metal industry, and the dynamic modelling and simulation thereof. He, furthermore, has an interest in gold extraction and recovery, especially the treatment of complex low-grade ores.

Selected Publications

van Wyk, A.P., Bradshaw, S.M., Akdogan, G., Snyders, C.A. and Eksteen, J.J. (2015). Flowsheet development and comparison for the recovery of precious metals from cyanide leach solutions, Minerals Engineering Conferences – Precious Metals ‘15, St Michaels Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom, 11 - 12 May 2015.

Snyders, C.A., Bradshaw, S.M., Akdogan G., Mpinga C.N., van Wyk A.P. and Eksteen J.J. (2014). Recovery of Pt, Pd and Au from a cyanide solution through a carbon adsorption and elution process, The International Mineral Processing Congress – IMPC 2014, Sheraton Hotel, Santiago, Chile, 20 - 24 October 2014.

van Wyk, A.P., Bradshaw, S.M., Akdogan, G., Dorfling, C, and Snyders, C.A. (2014). Development of a dynamic model for the atmospheric leaching of PGM-containing Ni-Cu-Fe-S Peirce Smith Converter matte, Southern African Mineral Beneficiation and Metallurgy Conference – MinProc ‘14, The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, South Africa, 7 - 8 August 2014.

Snyders, C.A., Bradshaw, S.M., Akdogan G., Mpinga C.N., van Wyk A.P. and Eksteen J.J. (2014). Recovery of Pt, Pd and Au from a cyanide solution through a carbon adsorption and elution process, Proceedings of the International Mineral Processing Congress – IMPC 2014, pp 410.

Teaching

Engineering Chemistry 123
Chemical Engineering 254 (Mass and Energy Balances)
Design Project 488