Special Issue "Electronic Waste: Management and Recovery Technologies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: byproduct and industrial residue valorization; ceramics; cements; alkali-activated materials; synthesis of nanomaterials
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Currently, the recycling, management, recovery, and reuse of electronic waste (e-waste) represent a great challenge at the global level, especially because they contain components that are harmful to humans and generate large environmental pollution. This is especially worrisome in terms of the massive consumption of all types of electronic devices (screens, computers, mobile phones, etc.), and their relatively short life cycle. From a scientific and technological point of view, there are two aspects that are key in this type of waste and that it is necessary to address: The great environmental impact they generate due to metals that leach the medium (arsenic, selenium or antimony, among others), and secondly, the enormous possibilities of recovery of these metals and the economic value that they can generate, since they are chemical elements, such as gold, tantalum, platinum or palladium, as well as some rare earths.
In order to recover the metals, it is necessary to develop new processes and economically viable technology to separate plastics parts from metals and within these, to discern between ferrous and nonferrous, and that are capable of making the leap from the laboratory to the industry, especially in important aspects, such as the identification and automation of processes.
Achieving both metals recovery with high economic value and avoiding discharges into the environment through proper management and deposition would contribute effectively to circular economy, promoted at a political level by organizations such as the European Union.
This Special Issue aims to shed light on the latest advances and research carried out for the correct management of electronic waste as well as to delve into the latest techniques and applications for the recovery and reuse of chemical elements with high added value.
Prof. Pérez Villarejo Luis
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- environmental impact
- circular economy
- rare earths
- magnetic separation