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European Training Network for Zero-waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue (Red Mud)

Objective

To tackle its (critical) raw material dependency, Europe needs comprehensive strategies based on sustainable primary mining, substitution and recycling. Freshly produced flows and stocks of landfilled industrial residues such as mine tailings, non-ferrous slag and bauxite residue (BR) can provide major amounts of critical metals and, concurrently, minerals for low-carbon building materials. The European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue (REDMUD) therefore targets the vast streams of new and stockpiled BR in the EU-28. BR contains several critical metals, is associated with a substantial management cost, whereas spills have led to major environmental incidents, including the Ajka disaster in Hungary. To date, zero-waste valorisation of BR is not occurring yet. The creation of a zero-waste BR valorisation industry in Europe urgently requires skilled scientists and engineers, who can tackle the barriers to develop fully closed-loop environmentally-friendly recovery flow sheets. REDMUD trains 15 researchers in the S/T of bauxite residue valorisation, with emphasis on the recovery of Fe, Al, Ti and rare earths (incl. Sc) while valorising the residuals into building materials. An intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration of EU-leading institutes and scientists has been established, which covers the full value chain, from BR to recovered metals and new building materials. Research challenges include the development of efficient extraction of Fe, Al, Ti and rare earths (incl. Sc) from distinct (NORM classified) BRs and the preparation of new building materials with higher than usual Fe content. By training the researchers in pyro-, hydro- and ionometallurgy, electrolysis, rare-earth extraction and separation technology, inorganic polymer and cement chemistry, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), NORM aspects and characterisation, they become the much needed scientists and engineers for the growing European critical raw materials industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/chemical engineering/separation technologies
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 002 240

Participants (8)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 269 145,36
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 484 773,84
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 226 264,68
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEAB CHEMIE TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Dennewartstrasse 25
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MYTILINAIOS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 484 773,84
Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TITAN CEMENT COMPANY AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 242 386,92
Address
Halkidos Street 22A
111 43 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT.
Hungary
Address
Kondorfa Utca 1
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
TASMAN METALS AB
Sweden
Address
Kyrkgatan 41
961 35 Boden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)