Recycling of metals using functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (FMNP)
Using advanced nanotechnology to achieve selective and efficient recycling process of rare earth elements (REE)
MetRecycle deals with the novel strategic approach using advanced nanotechnology to achieve selective and efficient recycling process of rare earth elements (REE).
MetRecycle project is focused on the development of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as a novel approach for REE’s recycling from aqueous solutions (waste waters) after pre-processing technology. Functional magnetic nanoparticles are easy to remove from aqueous solution by using external magnetic field to be recycled.
Expected results will cover the field of research and development of novel adsorbent nanomaterials for recycling of REE metal ions in order to improve REE selectivity and recycling rate, to achieve sustainable growth, increase in collection rates of e-wastes, greater social demand for more sustainable society, forcing industries to reuse waste as a feedstock, governmental legislation/changes to existing laws by providing incentives for recycling.
Functionalized magnetic nanoparticles are suitable for removing various metal ions from aqueous solutions.
Adsorption nanomaterials consist of a superparamagnetic nucleus and a functional core shell, which shows a high tendency and selectivity for binding various metal ions from aqueous solutions.
The project MetRecycle is supported by ERA-NET Cofound on Raw Materials (ERA-MIN 2) under Horizon 2020. National co-funding organisation is Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.