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JÜLICH is represented by the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN), which is a part of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. Forschungszentrum Jülich focuses on use-inspired basic research. The focus is placed on finding active, selective and stable electrode materials for such reactions and thereafter the integration to real systems. This research unit “Electrocatalysis” is represented by three research groups The group of Electrocatalyst Stability lead by Dr. Cherevko is well-known for its research on the fundamentals of noble metals corrosion and leaching. Its expertise can be used to maximize leaching as was demonstrated in the initial proof-of-concept work on the redox leaching of platinum, co-authored by main partners. HI-ERN also possess a unique experimental setup (SFC-ICP-MS), which provides high-throughput capabilities required to obtain a set of leaching parameters with optimized yield and selectivity within a given time. All other required equipment such as ICP-OES, UV-Vis, etc. is readily accessible to the consortium members. With a PhD work on noble metals electrodeposition supported by publications in topical journals and current activities in the group, Dr. Cherevko has also the required expertise on the extraction of noble metals.

Funding Agency: BMBF and FZJ JÜLICH


KI, basic and applied research include biology, biotechnology, environmental protection, structural and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials research, and chemical engineering, through which the Institute performs a world-class basic research. The group of Electrocatalysis lead by Dr. Hodnik is engaged in studying noble metal electro-catalysts activity and stability. The department possesses all of the necessary knowledge needed in the propose project. The joined expertise of electrochemistry and chemical engineers offered by the KI will prove invaluable in the developed of the TRL 5 reactor (WP2) and the synergistic collaboration with the JÜLICH and BOSCH.

Funding Agency: MIZS


UAntwerpen has a vast experience in the coordination and participation in European and international funded projects under a wide range of subsidy frameworks. (H2020, FP7, Lifelong learning, Erasmus +, IMI, EFRO, INTERREG, etc.). The research group Applied Electrochemistry & Catalysis (ELCAT) of co-PI professor Tom Breugelmans belongs to the Faculty of Applied Engineering and mainly focuses on electrochemistry. The core research activities within ELCAT are related to the development of state-of-the-art electrochemical reactors and catalysts, with a view towards large-scale industrial development in the field of industrial electrification, in a green and sustainable way. This research proposal would allow to extend the use of electrodeposition to another field, i.e., the recovery of expensive, noble metals from waste streams, which links well with the objectives of green and sustainable chemistry, to which ELCAT is already actively contributing. This work will benefit from the available knowhow within ELCAT concerning electrochemical and physicochemical characterization, which can be applied to investigate the success of said technique.

Funding Agency: FWO


BOSCH is a world-leading company in the engineering field, with extensive expertise in product development and specifications and, a long experience in international collaborations. To these project take part three different departments from three different research divisions, making this project a truly interdivisional and interdisciplinary effort. The Robert Bosch GmbH will take part to the project in three main areas: (i) Project management and Coordination. Bosch is the ideal partner to lead the research effort and, thanks, to its large network of partners, to communicate and disseminate the results to the widest audience. The CR/ARC department will take up this role. (ii) Life Cycle Process Analysis. As market leader in several product sector, Bosch is well acquainted with the all process and value chain of several products. Thanks to the participation in the project of the CR/APA department, Bosch can provide a strong expertise in the field of product assembling/ disassembling. (iii) Life Cycle Costing and Life Cycle Analysis. Being a successful private company Bosch has a long experience in the field of cost assessment. Additionally, due to its strong interest in the development of environmentally friendly production processes and products, Bosch gathered a sound understanding of the LCA tool. CR/ARG will take part in the analysis of both costs and environmental impact of the process.

Funding Agency: BMBF and FZJ JÜLICH

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