Qi Liu, PhD
Area of Study / Keywords
Oil Sands and Energy; Mineral Processing
Qi Liu obtained a Bachelor's degree in mineral processing engineering from Wuhan University of Science and Technology (China) in 1982, followed by a MASc and PhD from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He then worked at Wuhan University of Technology (China) and Process Research Associates Ltd (Canada) before joining the University of Alberta in 1998. He is a professor of materials engineering and holder of the Glencore Chair in Mining and Mineral Processing.
Current research focuses on fine and ultrafine particle separation by exploiting a combination of aggregation and froth flotation; Bitumen extraction from oil sands by aqueous and non-aqueous solvents; Bitumen cleaning and oil sands tailings dewatering using solid-liquid separation techniques.
Oral presentation of technical material. Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: CME 481. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been obtained for CH E 483.
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.