A team from NTUA Laboratory of Metallurgy and Mytilineos, Metallurgy Business Unit has been awarded the 2019 Light Metals Subject Award – Alumina/Bauxite for its innovative work “Developing a new process for selective extraction of Rare Earth Element from Bauxite Residue based on factionlized ionic liquids”.
Using a novel organic solvent, the team was able to selectively recover the ‘trace amounts’ of Scandium found in the Greek Bauxite Residue and produce concentrated scandium bearing solutions that can be used for Scandium production. The method is scheduled to be tested at pilot scale in Mytilineos alumina refinery plant during the next year, under the EC funded SCALE project.
This work was presented in the TMS conference in 2018 and has been published in Light Metals 2018, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72284-9_20.
This award comes as a significant recognition of our team’s efforts in the field of achieving sustainability in real life metallurgical applications. Solving the Bauxite Residue problem has been our goal set both in the University (NTUA) and in the industry (Mytilineos SA). Personally, I have devoted almost the last decade working on this from both sides and under both affiliations. My gratitude goes to TMS for honoring us with this award.
I’m honored that the content of my research presented at the conference receives this valuable recognition from the TMS community.
It is an honor for the whole research group from the Laboratory of Metallurgy to be awarded with this prize. We started the work on this field with great expectations and now we are very happy that TMS awards our attempts.
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