Thom Seal

Thom Seal

Barric Gold Corp. Professor
President & CEO of Metal Recovery Solutions, Inc.
Metal Recovery Solutions, Inc.
P.O. Box 13014 Reno, NV 89507
(775) 784-1813 (cell & text)


  • B.S. Oregon State - Corvallis, Oregon: General Science; Environmental Chemistry - 1975
  • M.S. University of Idaho - Moscow, Idaho: Metallurgical Engineering - 1988
  • Ph.D. University of Idaho - Moscow, Idaho: Mining Engineering - Metallurgy - 2004
  • Professional Engineer (PE) - Mining - Mineral Processing Nevada - 2002

Research Interests

  • Acid Rock Drainage - Insitu Treatment
  • Mercury Abatement - Process development for Hg removal in mineral processes to reduce environmental impact
  • 4-D Heap Leaching (3-D with time) via Hydro-Jexc
  • Modeling Heap Leach Recovery
  • Rock Dump and Heap insitu drying
  • Cu leaching with IX and electrowinning
  • As removal from drinking water via electrochemistry
  • Property Evaluation and process development
  • Use of Biooxidation for cellulose oxidation to sugars for EtOH production
  • Biomass gasification for flotation reagent production and byproduct liquid and gas fuel production
  • Hydrometallurgy leaching of Cu, Ni, Pb, U and Zn with recovery
  • New reactor designs, including Hydro, Biohydro and Electrometallurgy
  • 43-101 Reports

Selected Publications

Open Pit Ore Control for Cyanide Heap Leaching - SME 2000

Reduction of Gold Inventory in Cyanide Heap Leaching - SME 2005

HYDRO-JEX: Heap Leach Pad Stimulation Technology: Ready for World Wide Industrial Adoption? - SME 2007

Integrating Hydro-Fracturing Technology and Geophysics into 3D Mapping and Extraction of Metals in Heap Leaching; HYDRO-JEX AND HIGH RESOLUTION RESISTIVITY T. - SME 2008

Hydro-Jex Operations at AngloGold Ashanti's Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Professional Activities

SME Registered Member
SME PE Committee Member
Eastern Oregon Mining Association

Relevant Past Experience

Newmont Mining Corp - Manager of Metallurgical Technology & Senior Metallurgist
Inventor of the Hydro-Jex Technology
Professional Engineer - Nevada: Mining - Mineral Process Engineer
Mining and Metallurgical Qualified Person for 43-101
Mining and Engineering work in Canada, South America, Africa, Alaska and Western USA
MSHA Miner

Courses Taught - Some Online

  • Heap Leach Design and Optimization
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Precious Metal Metallurgy
  • Metal Recycling
  • Chemistry, Mineral Processing, Mineral Laboratory Methods, Introduction to Metallurgy