Date 24 August 2022
- 25 August 2022
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Resources Battery Materials 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities-14012022.pdf
Battery Materials Announcement-20012022.pdf



The intensified search over the past decade for alternatives to fossil-fuels as stores of energy has led to an exponential growth in the demand for batteries and research into battery technologies. The largest application by far has been in transportation, followed by electrical distribution grids.

Of the raw materials required for battery manufacture, metals such as cobalt, manganese and vanadium are highly concentrated in southern Africa. The supply of lithium, on the other hand, is concentrated in Australia, Chile and Argentine.

These activities have created both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities such as new value chains for the associated raw materials, with several production companies with battery-material metals in their plant feedstocks undertaking research towards producing battery-grade products. And challenges such as the means for recycling these batteries once they reach the end of their (first) life.

Aim of the conference


The aim of this conference is to provide the opportunity for thought leaders in the global battery value chain to exchange ideas on recent developments in the fields of:

  • Materials and high-purity intermediates for battery components
  • Flow-battery electrolytes
  • Processes for the recycling of batteries
  • Market outlook and legislative implications
  • Related case studies.

focus of the conference


An even sharper focus can be provided by addressing the following questions and hypotheses:

  • Will future battery developments and applications in southern Africa centre more around bulk energy storage by drawing on regional metal resources and addressing local bulk energy shortages?
  • Will lithium-ion batteries continue to dominate most battery applications, with other battery technologies serving only niche applications?
  • What (exactly) are the criteria and specifications for battery materials, intermediates and electrolytes required to achieve the envisaged performance and life of the batteries?

Keynore speakers

Prof. Jacques Eksteen

Chair for Extractive Metallurgy, WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering & Research Director, Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre

Jacques Eksteen 18112021Prof Jacques Eksteen is the Chair for Extractive Metallurgy at the WA School of Mines; Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. He was also seconded since 1 July 2019 to the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre Ltd (FBICRC) as Research Director and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that he was the Director of the Gold Technology Group (GTG), and the Interim Research Director of the FBICRC. In his FBICRC industry role, he leads the business development, R&D program design and deployment, information acquisition and technological gatekeeping for the organisation. The FBICRC is a CRC focussed on the cradle to grave aspects of batteries: from resources, through the production and deployment value chain to recycling.

In his academic role his mandate is to provide leadership in extractive metallurgy research from Curtin University's Bentley Campus. His areas of research focuses on extractive metallurgy of Precious, Base and Critical Metals and their associated minerals and materials. Under his leadership, the GTG had developed a number of innovations that are currently being commercialised such as the Carbon Scout™ carbon meter fro CIL/CIP circuits (commercialised with Gekko Systems) and the GlyLeach™ and GlyCat™ processes (commercialised with Minng and Process Solutions Pty Ltd). The GlyLeach™ and GlyCat™ processes have won the Mining Technologies award at the 2017 Australian Technologies Competition, and also the Clean Tech division of the global Extreme Tech Challenge. During the period as leader of the GTG he also project-managed the AMIRA P420D (partially), P420E and P420F projects.

Dr. Nils Rainer Backeberg

Guest Researcher, Cape Geo

Nils Rainer Backeberg18112021Dr Nils Backeberg is an expert metal market analyst and economic geologist covering critical raw materials in the steel, new-energy and technology sectors. Nils has built his academic foundation in structural and economic geology across three continents with a MSc from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a PhD from McGill University in Canada and a post-doctoral post at The University College London in the UK. Before expanding his career into metal market analysis, he worked as an exploration geologist on rare earth deposits in South Africa, gold deposits in Canada and geothermal projects in Guatemala. Nils brought academic rigour and industry experience to metal market analysis at Metals Focus, Roskill and Wood Mackenzie, with a special focus on steel alloys, chromium, antimony and rare earths. Nils has published several peer-reviewed research articles and received his Chartered Scientist accreditation in 2019.

Key dates


  • 28 February 2022 Submission of abstracts
    14 March 2022 Acceptance of abstracts
    18 April 2022 Submission of papers
    24-25 August 2022 Conference


Call for papers and presentations


The Conference is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and individuals are invited to submit papers or presentations for the Conference. Titles and short abstracts (no more than 500 words) on any relevant subject should be submitted in English to:

Head of Conferencing, Camielah Jardine
Enquiries may be made at:
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7




Conference Coordinator, Gugu Charlie.
Tel: 27 73 801 8353