Project general information

Project: Innovative and ecofriendly process development for copper and non-metallic fractions recovery from electronic component free waste printed circuit boards;
Finaciar support: Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS - UEFISCDI
Project code: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-0139
Contract number: 57/2018
Period: 2018 - 2020


        The recovery/recycling of valuable materials has become a global concern due to the present interest regarding environmental protection, energy saving and natural resources conservation. In this context, the current project proposes an innovative and ecofriendly technological solution for the recovery of Cu and non-metallic fractions (NMF) from WPCBBs (Waste Printed Circuit Base Boards = electronic component free waste printed circuit boards), through combined chemical/electrochemical processes. In contrast to other e-waste treatment technologies, the developed process will allow the regeneration of the leaching solution with the concomitant electrowinning of Cu and recovery of NMF reducing significantly the use of auxiliary materials and the amount of new reagents fed to the process. The relevance of the proposed project is also sustained by the fact that the Romanian WEEE management system lacks the necessary infrastructure and proper treatment technologies required to meet the targets specified in the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU. As a result, the research project can help Romania to solve technical and environmental issues specific to the management of WEEE, particularly those related to the recycling and treatment of WPCBBs by offering an adequate technological solution for the recovery of Cu from WPCBBs and separation of the NMF usable for composite material production. The innovative process developed in this project will contribute to the improvement of life quality in terms of technical, environmental, economic and social matters. Research results obtained will be published in form of scientific papers, conference presentations, PhD and/or MSc theses.

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