Qi Liu, PhD
Area of Study / Keywords
Mineral Processing; Oil Sands Processing; Critical Minerals; Energy Minerals
Qi Liu holds a BEng in mineral processing (China) and a MASc and PhD in the same field from UBC. He worked at Wuhan University of Technology and Process Research Associates before joining the University of Alberta in 1998. He is a professor of materials engineering, Ron Nolan/Hatch Chair in Sustainable Energy and Mineral Process Technologies (2009-2021), and Glencore Chair in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering.
Qi Liu's research area is mineral separation, solid-liquid separation, and metal ion separation. His research covers critical minerals and energy minerals. Current research focuses on homo-aggregation flotation (HAF), a novel process for mineral separation in the fine and ultrafine particle size range; bitumen extraction and enrichment from oil sands; oil sands tailings dewatering using coagulation, flocculation, and filtration; metal ion separation using magnetic sorbents and magnetic separation.
Communication and oral presentations. Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: 85 units completed or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of thermodynamics in Materials Engineering. Review of thermodynamic functions. First, second and third laws. Reaction equilibria, stability diagrams. Solution thermodynamics applied to materials processes. Phase relations, free energy-composition diagrams, binary phase diagrams, and introduction to ternary phase diagrams. Electrochemistry. Experimental methods and estimation of thermodynamic data. Prerequisite: CH E 243. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been obtained in MAT E 340 or 301.