AusIMM Technical Talk on Battery Metals

Technical Talk – RPM Battery Metals Panel

AusIMM and RPMGlobal are proud to be sharing insights on critical and contentious aspects around the topic of BATTERY MINERALS.  RPM’s Igor Bojanic, Andrew Newell and Bob Dennis will talk about issues that have potential to impact the short term ramp up of Batteries, principally in EV, with special focus on geology and metallurgy:

  • Graphite: not all flakes are equal
  • Lithium: to brine or not to brine…
  • Cobalt: If not from the DRC, then what are the options?

“GEOLOGY tells us what minerals are there; METALLURGY concentrates on knowing the challenges around extracting the minerals and ensuring these meet market requirements.” 


Wednesday May 15 – 5:15pm for a 5:45pm start

AusIMM Members and Non-Members are all welcome.

Numbers are limited.  There is no cost, but registrations are essential.

Drinks and Canapes will be served



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Igor Bojanic, Head of Metals Australia
Igor has over 30+ years’ experience in the mining industry, and has a broad range of experience, including being involved with a large number of mining studies on metalliferous and coal mining projects throughout the world. He has approximately 10 years’ professional experience at operating mines having worked for Newcrest and BHP Iron Ore. Over his +20 year career in advisory roles he has been involved in over 200 mining studies, including mine feasibility studies, independent technical reviews and estimation of mineral reserves. Igor’s key strengths include strategic analysis of new and existing mining projects to optimise value, and developing mine plans that deliver practical and achievable outcomes. In addition, Igor has post-graduate qualifications in business and environmental management.

Andrew Newell – Executive Consultant Processing
Dr. Newell is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in a variety of operating, managerial, technical and consulting roles in base and precious metals processing, as well as industrial minerals such as graphite and lithium. Andrew has had exposure to several graphite due diligences and Ni-43-101s studies including the design and management of testwork programs, development of flowsheets and design criteria, selection of equipment, assembling capital and operating costs and reviewing marketing studies. On the lithium front, Andrew has managed a testwork program to extract lithium from a Mongolian tungsten ore, reviewed a number of studies based on hard rock ore sources and undertaken reviews of developing technologies in the treatment of salar brines and micas. In terms of cobalt, Andrew has worked on a number of cobalt projects, including a due diligence and construction monitoring of a copper-cobalt project in the DRC, due diligences of several nickel-cobalt laterite projects and a process review of the recovery of cobalt from pyrite.

Bob Dennis – Executive Geologist
Bob has a broad experience in the fields of mineral exploration, feasibility, due diligence, resource audits, geologic reviews, mine geology, mining and metallurgical management and general mine management gathered over 40+ years of industry experience. Graphite experience includes Resource Estimation and CP statements, Due Diligence on Mines and integrated graphite processing and Exploration advice. Graphite Advisory work has been completed in Korea, China, Australia, Africa and Mongolia. Bob managed and was CP for the Independent Expert Report supporting the very successful ASX GraphiteCorp listing in 2015. He inspected the Metals of Africa Balama Prospect in Mozambique as CP for a future Resource estimate and inspected, reviewed and advised another Graphite Project in the region, (Confidential Client). Advised and been CP for a Mongolian graphite Project for Tycoon LLC (a Chinese owned Company). He has reported a NI43-101 Resource as QP for a South Korean graphite Project. Due Diligence on two mining projects, one U/G other open cut the other underground as well as their tied concentrators and downstream facilities in China. These make a range of high tech products such as; high purity nano-balls, thin graphite sheet, graphite gaskets, graphite seals, gland packing materials and nuclear reactor moderator materials. He was CP for Global Geosciences Resource on Rhyolite Ridge lithium project in Nevada and spent 3 years auditing Shalina Resources Ltd (the 6th largest cobalt producer in 2017) operations in the DRC.