Elemental sustainability: Towards the total recovery of scarce metals

J. R. Dodson, A. J. Hunt, H. L. Parker, Y. Yang, J. H. Clark*

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Some modern so-called low carbon technologies are actually broadening concerns over future elemental sustainability for a wide range of elements. In order to address the rapid dispersion of metals, such as indium and silver, we need to be more innovative in recovery technologies that essentially turn a waste into a resource. A multi-disciplinary blend of chemistry, extractive metallurgy, engineering and biotechnology is required to realise this ambition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Bioleaching
  • Biosorption
  • Green chemistry
  • Metal recovery
  • Sustainability

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