40th Anniversary of the IPMI Conference coming up!

Just a reminder that this year’s conference of the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) is less than a month out. It’s a special one, too, the 40th conference of its kind with an excellent program covering all aspects of the industry.

IPMI Conference Poster

I love this event because it is such a unique opportunity to catch up on current topics and trends combined with the opportunity to (re)connect and network with industry executives from around the world. If you need further convincing, the Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, is a truly spectacular venue.

I will be speaking as the first presenter in Session C at 10:00 am on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016. Session location are the Grand Canyon Ballrooms 9 & 10.

Head over to http://www.ipmi.org for reservations – looking forward to seeing you there!

IPMI Video Series on Precious Metals Analysis now complete

IPMI Sampling and AnalysisThe International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) just released its fifth and final video on precious metals sampling and analysis. The list of videos was already contained in an earlier blog. You can see them all here, or you can go straight to YouTube and watch their latest only.

These videos were produced by Tom Bannos in collaboration and with contributions from many IPMI member companies. I like them because they are balanced enough to be interesting for a technical audience as well as for people with a general interest only. Strongly recommended viewing for anyone in the business.

IPMI’s Educational Videos on Precious Metals Sampling and Analysis

As promised, here is part two of the IPMI video collection. This four-part series is on precious metals sampling and analysis.

Part 1: The Basics

Part 2: Preparation and Pitfalls to Avoid

Part 3: Instrumental Methods for Pt, Pd, Rh and other PGMs

Part 4: Fire Assay Explained

Part 5: Wet Chemistry and Gravimetric Analysis

IPMI’s Educational Videos on Precious Metals Mining and Exploration

Over the past two years, the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) produced a series of educational videos on several different aspects of our industry. These videos were made with the input and support of IPMI members, corporations and individuals alike, who contributed decades of experiences to make them worthwhile. Reason enough to present them as a collection for those who haven’t seen them yet, and others who might refer to this blog as a reference point to find them later. I will amend the list as new videos come out, so please be sure to check back periodically. A second set of videos is about sampling. I will add these videos in a separate thread shortly.

Precious Metals Exploration and Prospecting: Gold, Silver and Platinum group metals.

Mining for Precious Metals explained: Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium.

How to refine Precious Metals. Step 1: Concentration

How to refine Precious Metals. Hydrometallurgy: Part 1 – Leaching

How to refine Precious Metals. Hydrometallurgy: Part 2 – Concentration and Purification

How to refine Precious Metals. Hydrometallurgy Part 3 – Precipitation

How to refine Precious Metals. Hydrometallurgy Part 4 – Electrolysis

Pyrometallurgical Refining of Precious Metals. Part 1: Calcination and Roasting

Pyrometallurgical Refining of Precious Metals. Part 2: Gas, Reduction and Fusion

Gold – Catalyst for Solar Fuel

DSC_3862 CroppedMacel Schreier is one of this year´s winners of the IPMI´s prestigious Student Awards. We had a long conversation at the conference and I attended his presentation on the work he is doing at his university. It was remarkable enough to warrant a follow-up on solar fuels, the result of which was just published on Kitco News. Click here to read the entire interview.

Bodo Albrecht Speaking at 39th IPMI Conference

Coming up this weekend (June 13-16) is the 39th annual conference of the International Precious Metals Institute. Venue is the JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas. Session topics include:

  1. It’s all about that Silver
  2. Precious Metals Mining, Metals and Investments
  3. Meanwhile in Europe… Precious Metals Issues
  4. What’s trending in Precious Metals?
  5. Good as Gold: Investments, Impacts and other Issues
  6. Analyze This: Precious Metals
  7. Recovery and Recycling of Precious Metals
  8. Fuel for Thought: Precious Metals and Energy
  9. Age of Tomorrow: Precious Metals Student Research
  10. What’s new: Precious Metals Technology
  11. Keeping you a Brief: Legal, Regulatory and Insurance Matters

I will report on new applications for precious metals entering the market in 2015/2016 in Session D on Sunday, June 14.

In a new segment, student award recipients will present their work – this is the first year in which the IPMI will honor especially gifted students and their professors / departments with new and prestigious awards.

If you haven’t registered yet you may do so at www.ipmi.org – see you in San Antonio!