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Light Metals

The Light Metals Section is concerned with light metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium, lithium, strontium and silicon. The section examines issues such as extraction and refining, fabrication and applications, materials characterization, recycling and the potential for industrial and commercial development.


COM 2024: Light Metals for Transportation: Marine, Aviation, and Ground Applications

Bringing together the community to discuss light metals production and development, for transportation; industry; academia, government. Participate in the 63rd Annual Conference of Metallurgists taking place on August 19 – Thursday, August 22, 2024, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Current Initiatives

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CrossTalk webinar series developed by the MetSoc emerging professionals of the light metals section. Learn more to view the past webinar recordings on MetSoc’s YouTube channel and any upcoming CrossTalk events.

Awards & Scholarships

Our committee has created several awards for both professionals and students.

MetSoc Light Metals Best Paper Award


Hydrometallurgy is part of the wider field of extractive metallurgy where the science and technologies of aqueous solution chemistry are applied in an environmentally sound and cost effective ways for the recovery of metals from a wide variety of metal-bearing sources, such as ores, concentrates, intermediates and recycled materials, into useable products for the society.

Hydrometallurgy technologies form an integral part of a growing number of metallurgical processes, both in operation and in development. Canada is richly endowed with mineral resources and is a world leader in hydrometallurgical production plants, technology development and education.

The Hydrometallurgy Section serves the hydrometallurgy community in Canada and abroad by:

The Section operates through a committee comprised of representatives from major mining companies in Canada, academic and research institutions, as well as technology vendors and engineering companies that have a strong presence in the field of hydrometallurgy.


Sumanth Shankar

Director: Light Metal Casting Research Centre (LMCRC)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
McMaster University

Members of the Light Metals Committee

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