Date 28 September 2022
- 29 September 2022
Location Mintek, Randburg, Johannesburg
Resources THANOS Announcement 15102021.pdf
THANOS Conference 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities-14012022.pdf


Fundamental knowledge of thermodynamic principles and data is important in understanding and improving processes used in the production of metals as well as in the design and development of new processes. This is particularly so given the fact that the production of metals from ores and/or secondary resources using pyrometallurgical processes involve complex thermochemical phenomena as a result of high temperatures and application of energy to materials. In most cases, however, pyrometallurgists do not fully appreciate the immense potential of thermodynamics to the design and operation industrial processes. This trend is worrying so as the engineering society is moving towards competencies focusing on a wide area of knowledge. The shift towards “Wikipedia knowledge” is a natural consequence of availability of huge amounts of information, but invariably, tends to occur at the expense of fundamental knowledge which forms the backbone of high quality thermodynamics teaching and research. In some instances, students and researchers tend to regurgitate derivations of thermodynamic equations with no indication of how such thermodynamic principles and data are to be put to practical use. To keep the interest and the dedication to the teaching, learning and application of thermodynamics principles and data, new teaching methods must continuously be developed with emphasis on how the fundamental knowledge is used in the research, design and operation of pyrometallurgical processes.


The broad objective of the International Conference on enhanced use of Thermodynamic Data in Pyrometallurgy Teaching and Research is to enhance the use of thermodynamic data in pyrometallurgy teaching and research. The ultimate goal is to increase competitiveness of the South African pyrometallurgical industry by demystifying thermodynamics and equipping the industry to use thermodynamic principles and data in metal production. Hosted by the Metallurgy Technical Programme Committee of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, this conference will focus on two main pillars: (a) the enhanced use of thermodynamic tools and data and the understanding the fundamental reaction mechanisms in metal production, and (b) developing methods for teaching thermodynamics and enhancing the teaching and learning and availability of thermodynamic methods and data. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the Programme for International Partnerships (INTPART) under the project “Thermodynamic from Nanoscale to Operational Scale” (THANOS).


The conference is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academics and educators, process engineers, design engineers, and other researchers in the pyrometallurgical or related disciplines.


A Continuing Professional Development short course introducing the fundamentals of thermodynamics will be facilitated by experts in teaching, research and applications of thermodynamics. Technical presentations by postgraduate students, industry experts/users and academics will focus on the fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics to metal production as well as in the teaching and learning of thermodynamic principles. Selected topics include but are not limited to:

  • Overview of thermodynamics
  • Thermochemistry concepts
  • Phase diagrams
  • Computational methods for thermochemistry
  • Process modelling and simulation
  • Selected topics and case studies in metal production, including case studies on applicable thermodynamic databases.
  • Selected topics and case studies in tools and methodologies for teaching thermodynamics


Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts for this conference. Abstracts of no longer than 150 words should be submitted by 28 February 2022. Please include the names and affiliations of all authors and an email address for the corresponding author.
All accepted abstracts will require a full paper (maximum of 8 single-spaced pages) to be submitted by no later than 7 April 2022. This will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to double-blind peer review and acceptance by the technical committee.
Please email abstracts and requests to be added to the conference mailing list to


  • 28 February 2022 Submission of abstracts
  • 7 March 2022 Acceptance of abstracts
  • 7 April 2022 Submission of papers for peer review
  • 28-29 September 2022 Conference