Journal article

Evaluation of Recyclability of a WEEE Slag by Means of Integrative X-Ray Computer Tomography and SEM-Based Image Analysis

Markus Buchmann, Nikolaus Borowski, Thomas Leissner, Thomas Heinig, Markus A Reuter, Bernd Friedrich, Urs A Peuker

Minerals | MDPI AG | Published : 2020

Abstract

Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams globally. Therefore, recycling of the valuable metals of this stream plays a vital role in establishing a circular economy. The smelting process of WEEE leads to significant amounts of valuable metals and rare earth elements (REEs) trapped in the slag phase. The effective manipulation of this phase transfer process necessitates detailed understanding and effective treatment to minimize these contents. Furthermore, an adequate process control to bring these metal contents into structures that make recycling economically applicable is required. Within the present study, a typical slag from a WEEE me..

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Awarded by German Research Foundation (DFG)


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding of the X-ray microscope (Zeiss Xradia 510 Versa) INST 267/129-1.