Program 1

Mohammad Al Hossaini Shuva



I received my bachelor and master degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. My masters’ research was on the recovery of valuable metals from spent Li-ion batteries using hydrometallurgy route. I had published three peer-review journal papers from my masters’ work, including thesis of about 40,000 words. I have skills in using UV spectrometer, Atomic absorption Spectrometry, XRD analysis, SEM analysis and Thermogravimetric Analysis. Currently, I am a PhD student in Swinburne University of Technology working on reclying and recovering valuable metals from e-waste particularly looking at the thermodynamics/partitioning behavior of the minor metals during secondary copper production.

Current PhD Project

Continuous depletion of the primary copper resources has increased the recycling of copper from non-primary sources such as industrial, consumer and electronic wastes (e-wastes). E-waste is one of the sources of secondary copper processing due to increasing volume of discarded electronics and electrical goods worldwide. E-waste is a term used to consider almost any types of electrical and equipment which has or could enter the waste stream: TVs, computers, mobile phones, white goods (e.g. fridges, washing machines, dryers), home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, kettles which have the circuitry components with power or battery supply. E-waste contains valuable metals such as gold, silver, tin, selenium, platinum, palladium, tellurium, ruthenium, gallium, indium selenium, germanium, titanium and tantalum. For example, one tonne of mobile phones contain 200 g of gold, 3 kg of silver, 100 kilograms of copper and also other elements. Currently there is limited information on the thermodynamics behaviour of the valuable elements in the copper during secondary copper smelting

Scope of Work

  • Thermodynamic Modelling – which will assist in understanding the behaviour of  valuable minor elements  in different phases of the smelting process
  • Experimental Study –  that can help about the implementation of the processes in industrial scale through optimizing the processing condition of each elements

Goal of the project

  • Understanding the underlying thermodynamic behaviour of minor valuable elements (particularly palladium, germanium and tantalum) to allow recovery of these elements through secondary copper recycling
  • Identification of the optimum process conditions for effective recovery of the valuable metals

Contact Details:
Hossaini Shuva
Swinburne University of Technology

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering

Tel: +61 3 9214 4858

Office: AD 222.09