Special Issue "How to Recover Efficiently Critical Metals from Their Secondary Resources"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Extractive Metallurgy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 645

Special Issue Editors

University Grenoble Alpes, University Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS, Grenoble INP, LEPMI, Grenoble, France
Postal Address: 11130 rue de la Piscine, 38402 Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex Grenoble, France
Interests: recycling; recovery of metals; life cycle assessment; leaching; ion exchange; solvent extraction; precipitation
CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: extraction processes; alternative solvents; recycling; waste valorisation; circular economy
CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: hydrometallurgy; alternative solvents; critical metals; recycling; solvent extraction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metals are omnipresent in our lives, even though their importance is not always fully understood. Metals are primary yet finite commodities, necessary for the continued growth of modern society, and are at the forefront of the green economy transition. However, the mining rates of most metals are at a historical maximum, while their recovery from waste, where these metals are newly concentrated and can therefore be considered as urban ores, remains low. The imbalance between supply and demand, compounded by the unequal geographical concentration of exploitable deposits, results in an unsustainable situation. The accelerated depletion of metal resources prompted public authorities to identify the so-called critical raw materials and to assure their continued supply. Material criticality is a fluid concept with temporal and geographical variations based on multiple factors, including its economic importance, supply risk, substitutability, and environmental impact. Currently, the E.U. classified already 27 resources (Co, In, PGMs, REEs, etc.) as critical for the European industrial sector, while similar lists were prepared by other governmental agencies.

In this new context of global environmental remediation and criticality alleviation, the efficient recovery and recycling of metals from waste is of the utmost importance. This is no small challenge, because of the ever-increasing volume, complexity, and heterogeneity of waste streams. For this Special Issue in Metals, we welcome innovative contributions in the area of metal recycling and recovery using any metallurgical processing route. Articles addressing either the theoretical or practical understanding of metal processing are encouraged, as well as a critical comparison of process options and literature reviews. We would also appreciate receiving articles dealing with the wider context of metal recovery and criticality, such as global flows of critical metals or the environmental impacts of recycling using life cycle assessment methodology.

Dr. Lenka Švecová
Dr. Helena Passos
Dr. Nicolas Schaeffer
Guest Editors

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  • recycling
  • metal recovery
  • hydrometallurgy
  • pyrometallurgy
  • life cycle assessment
  • leaching
  • ion exchange
  • solvent extraction
  • precipitation
  • circular economy
  • critical metals
  • biometallurgy
  • electrodeposition

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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