Metal Resource Valorisation Technologies


Metal Resource Valorisation Technologies


Metal Resource Valorisation Technologies


The specific strategic objective of the Metal Resource Valorisation Technologies Laboratory is the implementation of new concepts and new technologies for sustainable processes in the non-ferrous metals industry and environmental protection and best practices in the non-ferrous metals industry).

Scientific objectives involve focusing on the following main types of activities:

  • Research in order to develop new and innovative technologies and solutions for the sustainable growth of resources and the replacement of critical materials and metals;
  • Research to identify innovative technologies for the recycling and reuse of raw materials based on non-ferrous metals that are key to smart growth and sustainable non-ferrous metals industry. Multidisciplinary approaches involving scientific, technological and economic aspects are envisaged ;
  • Research to develop new technologies and materials for wastewater purification to improve metal recovery and reduce hazardous emissions;
  • Research to develop innovative solutions for prevention and minimization of wastes from non-ferrous metals industry and rehabilitation of polluted areas through metallurgical activities.


Extraction and separation of nonferrous and rare metals from primary and secondary resources by hydrometallurgical processes at laboratory scale.

The spectrometer BELEC VARIO LAB is one of the most advanced precise and flexible analysis system, used for the spectrometric determination of the chemical composition of metals. The analysis of small pieces with different forms, e.g. wires larger than 0.5 mm, metal splinters, screws, washers or even small balls, is possible without special preparations.

The microwave reactor, ultraviolet and ultrasonic synthesis / extraction is a multifunctional chemical reactor that can combine random overlap and adjust the microwave energy, ultraviolet light and ultrasound waves. Applications: synthesis of new nanomaterials, synthesis of organic substances, chemical and energy resources, extraction of natural products, industry biopharmaceuticals and medicine, leaching residues and pesticide POPs, wastewater treatment.

It is for the heat treatments applied to amorphous-crystalline phase transformations of thin layers. The oven is programmable with 9 programs each with 6 segments and a program with unique preset temperature, with daily schedule activation and chart program.

Extraction and separation of nonferrous and rare metals from solution by liquid-liquid extraction.

Portable instrument, field and laboratory identification and quick measurement, non-destructive XRF instrument using a different species of metals present in the soil.

Testo 350XL is a portable measurement system, designed for a wide range of applications. It can be used to adjust any type of burner, measuring gas concentrations over a long period of time, check the atmosphere in focus regardless of the type of combustion process, maintenance of stationary engines from stations cogeneration checking the pressure and speed of flue gas piping evacuation. The analyzer consists of analysis unit, control unit and gas sampling probe. Examples of application: measurement of NOx (NO and NO2) in thermal power plants, SO2 emission measurements in the clean air of the coal furnaces, measurement of the NOx gas in the blast furnace fused with a high level of NO2, monitoring the level of SO2 during the manufacturing process in ceramics, and glassware monitoring the effectiveness of DeNOx systems.

Applications: waste water treatment plants and industrial waste, including mine water, complex installations for producing fine-grained materials including nanomaterials, flotation equipment for non-ferrous metal ore, antimicrobial treatment plant and water oxygenation.

Potentiostatic electrochemical deposition comprising PST006 with VoltaMaster 4 program for thin film deposition. Electrochemical deposition without analytical or impedance techniques.

This microwave is designed to heat and dry materials.

Designed for electrochemical processes of electrolysis or controlled anodic oxidation (obtaining nanotubular layers of TiO2).

Hydrometallurgical treatment for primary and secondary non-ferrous and rare mineral resources (leaching pilot scale).

Laboratory team


  • Use of the best technologies for the exploitation and processing of raw materials (envisaged in the european document „Best Available Technologies – BAT”), such as the following will be assured: metals recovery from raw materials at yields greater than 95 %; promoting the vertical development strategy of the same company: mining – metallurgy – recycling – goods in order to make possible an easy implementation of environment, material and risk management etc.
  • Application of the newest techniques and technologies of reuse / recycling / recirculation of the metals and materials from wastes, according to “bat” for nonferrous metallurgy .
  • Development of a new vision of the by-products (slag, gypsum, accompanying microelements) and residual energy, respectively: promoting efficient processes of stabilization of dangerous substances in (depositing) materials that are to be deposited; management for microelements (with high economic value) existing in wastes: In, Ge, V, Ga, Sn, etc.; more advances recovery of the process heat; slag classifying as non-dangerous wastes.
  • Use of simple and efficient procedures for waste processing and characterization: control of waste generation; adaption of available processes for a wide variety of wastes; mechanical, automated or chemical dismantling; New equipments for melting and recovery; new intensive hydro-electrical processes; on-line analysis (XRF).
  • Application of the newest identification techniques of waste waters: new equipments, software, characterization and analysis techniques of the waste waters; creating of a map of water pollution on the entire territory; application of new techniques for water purification, oxidation with ultraviolet rays, electro-plasma, electro-flotation, electro-coagulation; determining the effect of impure water with metallic ions on the health of people and the social effects caused by the lack of pure water sources

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