Courtney Young Metallurgical Materials Engineering faculty
Courtney Young

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Dr. Courtney Young


Lewis S. Prater Distinguished Professor
Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

Dr. Courtney Young is an accomplished researcher having been recognized with Montana Tech’s Research Award in 2008 and Lifetime Distinguished Researcher Award in 2016. Most of his research involves applying mineral processing and extractive metallurgy technology regarding mining sustainability issues. Consequently, his research has been broad but continues in a variety of areas. Example research efforts include, but are not limited to, improving gold recovery, remediating cyanide, selecting and testing ores, recycling spent pot-liner, designing flowsheets, treating acid-rock drainage, determining depressant action in Cu-Mo flotation, conducting copper electrowinning to save energy, examining novel collectors in rare earth flotation, modeling flotation, making pig iron from slag, understanding surface reactions of sulfide minerals in flotation and bioleaching, and making nano-Au and nano-TiO2 using extractive metallurgy technology. Prospective students, both engineers and scientists, interested in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, and applying those disciplines to materials synthesis, processing and fabrication should contact him immediately.

Contact Details

Office: 208A ELC Building
Phone: 406-496-4158

  • Ph.D. University of Utah (1994)
  • M.S. Virginia Tech (1987)
  • B.S. Montana Tech (1984)
  • Separations (Flotation)
  • Leaching and Recovery
  • Mining Sustainability
  • Surface and Solution Chemistry
  • Waste Minimization and Treatment
  • Process Analysis and Development
  • Chapter 1.1: Mineral Properties, Characterization and Processing, with A. Das, accepted, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Handbook, SME, Littleton, CO, 2018.
  • Carbothermal Reduction of Copper Smelter Slag for Recycling into Pig Iron and Glass, with P. Sarfo, G. Wyss, G. Ma and A. Das, Minerals Engineering, 107:8-19, 2017.
  • Modeling and Optimization of Rare Earth Mineral Flotation Using Salicylhydroxamic Acid. R. LaDouceur and P. Amelunxen, In: XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress, CIM, Westmount, Quebec, Canada, 2016.
  • Development of a Novel Technology to Reduce Energy Consumption During Electrowinning of Copper. A. Das and F. Dakubo, In: XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress, CIM, Westmount, Quebec, Canada, 2016.
  • Xanthate Chemisorption at Copper and Chalcopyrite Surfaces, J.L. Bowden, J of SAIMM, 116:503-8, 2016.
  • Utility of Mass-Balanced EH-pH Diagrams II Applications of Gibbs Rule, R.N. Gow and H. Huang, Miner. Metall. Process, 33(3):107-115, 2016.
  • Spectroelectrochemistry of Enargite III: Reactivity in Alkaline Sulfide Solutions, R.N. Gow, H. Huang and G. Hope, Miner. Metall. Process, 32(1):14-21, 2015.

Dr. Courtney Young has been and continues to be extremely active in several professional organizations, particularly SME, TMS and AEMA. As an author and speaker, he has over 150 publications and presentations; as a short course instructor, he has taught a one-day short course on Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy ten times and five-day short course on Fire Assay twenty times; as an organizer, he has arranged over thirty sessions and ten symposia; and, as an officer, he has served as Trustee for AEMA, MPD Chair for SME, EPD Council member for TMS, and numerous award committees. For Montana Tech, aside from Department Head, he has served on Undergraduate Research Committee, Faculty Senate, Recruiting and Retention Committee, and Library Committee. In addition, he played a major role helping establish the Center for Advanced Mineral, Metal and Materials Processing (CAMP), the Undergraduate Research Program, the Center for Advanced Supramolecular and Nano Systems (CASANS), and most recently the Materials Science (MatSci) PhD Program. He has been accordingly recognized for his efforts including eight plenary lectures, the Young Engineer Award from the MPD/SME, Frank F. Aplan Award from AIME, two President’s Citation from SME, two Teacher of the Year Awards from Montana Tech, and two Research Awards from Montana Tech including Distinguished Research Award.  Finally, Dr. Young has a patent on research for developing a novel carbon adsorption process for recovering gold from thiosulfate solutions, a non-cyanide technology that has potential to make thiosulfate leaching cost-effective compared to cyanide leaching. He has three other technologies in the patenting process.


Dr. Courtney Young is a graduate of three premiere mineral/coal processing and extractive metallurgy institutions having obtained his B.S. in Mineral Processing Engineering from Montana Tech in 1984, M.S. in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988, and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from U of Utah in 1994. He joined the faculty at Montana Tech in 1993. His specialties in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy include mineral analysis and characterization, flotation, physical separations, leaching, cyanide, uranium, base and precious metal processing, and adsorption. He enjoys applying those technologies to solving mining sustainability problems including waste treatment, water remediation, tailings and slags recycling, energy reduction, and flowsheet development at all academic levels. While a faculty member for nearly 25 years, he has taught numerous courses but the latest include Introduction to Mineral Processing, Hydrometallurgy and Aqueous Processing, Fire Assay, Materials Handling Design, Flotation, Processing of Energy Resources (Coal and Uranium), and Processing of Precious Metal Resources (mostly Gold). During this time, Dr. Young has also worked on numerous research projects with various funding sources, particularly mining companies and often in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Minerals & Meterials Processing (CAMP) at Montana Tech.

B.S. Required Courses
  • EMET 232 Introduction to Mineral Processing
  • EMET 401 Hydrometallurgy and Aqueous Processing

B.S. and M.S. Elective Courses
  • EMET 298 Internship
  • EMET 494 M&ME Seminar
  • EMET 498 Internship
  • EMET 504 Fire Assay
  • EMET 511 Materials Handling Design
  • EMET 534 Flotation
  • EMET 582 Processing of Energy Resources
  • EMET 583 Processing of Precious Metal Resources
  • EMET 594 Graduate Seminar