Gareth D. Mitchell EMS Energy Institute educational short courses instructor

EMS Energy Institute faculty offer tailored short courses and educational training seminars. These seminars, which usually take place at the Institute and use facilities provided by the Institute, can be beneficial to groups or individuals from industry, government agencies, institutes, or academia. Researchers from all over the world have participated in specialized training at the Institute.

Recent examples and potential course descriptions

Theory and Practice of Coal Petrology – two-week course for participants interested in a hands-on experience with petrographic methods as well as gaining a fundamental knowledge of coal and industrial applications. (sample agenda)

Fundamentals of Metallurgical Coal and Coke – three-day course for those interested in learning the fundamentals of metallurgical coals, cokes, anthracites, and carbons, and their influences on smelting of primary metals and compounds.

Metallurgical Coal & Coke Seminar – a seminar covering cokemaking, coal-to-coke transformation, coal blending and preparation, the role of coke in the blast furnace, coal and coke quality, and coke petrography as a forensic tool.

Coal Rank & Maturation of Organic Sediments – a course covering the evaluation of organic sediments for kerogen type and thermal maturity for basin analysis and potential of tar sands, oil shales, or unconventional black shales for gas production, like the Marcellus play.

Troubleshooting & Process Control Using Petrography – a seminar covering the assessment of coal quality or the influence of operating conditions from products, by-products, or waste streams using petrographic methods. Potential applications or subjects may include:

  • Textural analysis and composition of metallurgical coke as means of determining blending disparities or operating problems.
  • Characteristics of fly-ash to address excessive carbon loss during combustion operations.
  • Evaluation of residues from direct liquefaction or solvent treatments of coal as a means of determining reaction efficiency and/or presence and magnitude of retrogressive reactions.

For more information on developing a course for your organization, contact Gareth D. Mitchell,, at the EMS Energy Institute.