The Centre for Pyrometallurgy within the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering was officially launched by Mr Godfrey Gomwe, Executive Director Anglo American South Africa on Monday 30 May 2011. With the establishment of the Anglo American Chair in Pyrometallurgy within this department in 2009, the concept of the formation of a Centre for Pyrometallurgy originated. The key aim of this Centre is to perform internationally competitive research that is relevant to the local pyrometallurgical industry, thereby bringing the Pyrometallurgy Group at the University of Pretoria and the South African pyrometallurgical industry closer together, whereby communication, cooperation and support between academia and industry can be strengthened, and expertise in pyrometallurgy can further be developed.
The Centre for Pyrometallurgy is well established with ongoing research in aspects of pyrometallurgy such as: Ore, sinter and pellets; process thermodynamics, mechanisms, optimisation and development; reductants and fluxes; refractory materials and by-products. Modelling is the latest sub-discipline which was added as a field of focus at the beginning of 2013 through the establishment of the GlencorXstrata Chair in Pyrometallurgical Modelling. The research programme within the Centre for Pyrometallurgy is strongly focused on the direct needs of the South African pyrometallurgical industry.