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The ION4RAW project proposes an energy-, material- and cost-efficient new mineral processing technology to recover by-products from primary sources by means of innovative Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES) ionic liquids and advanced electrochemical methods as an only step.

Most of the targeted by-products elements are critical raw materials: bismuth (Bi), germanium (Ge), indium (In), cobalt (Co), platinum (Pt) and antimony (Sb). Accompanying major product metals like copper (Cu), silver (Ag) and gold (Au) may also be recovered by this process.

ION4RAW is an international initiative which brings together 13 partners from 6 EU countries (Spain, France, Norway, Germany, Italy and Belgium) as well as the United Kingdom and Peru.

ION4RAW has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement 815748.