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European Training Network for the sustainable, zero-waste valorisation of (critical) metal containing industrial process residues

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Project "SOCRATES" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OUDE MARKT 13
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙858˙940 €
 EC max contribution 3˙858˙940 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BE (LEUVEN) coordinator 1˙002˙240.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER UK (LEICESTER) participant 546˙575.00
3    OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY FI (ESPOO) participant 538˙290.00
4    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) participant 510˙748.00
6    KERNEOS FR (PUTEAUX) participant 262˙875.00
7    METALLO-CHIMIQUE N.V. BE (BEERSE) participant 250˙560.00
10    AVR-Afvalverwerking B.V. NL (Botlek-Rotterdam) partner 0.00
11    Boliden Kokkola Oy FI (Kokkola) partner 0.00
12    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) partner 0.00
13    UMICORE BE (BRUXELLES) partner 0.00


 Project objective

Unlike China, Russia or South Africa, the EU-28 Member States are not in the fortunate position of having vast, easily accessible ore deposits containing valuable metals. However, Europe does have large quantities of secondary industrial residues (tailings, sludges, slags and ashes) that contain sig¬nificant concentrations of both critical and economically important metals. The Euro¬pean Training Network for the Sustainable, zero-waste valorisation of critical-metal-containing industrial process residues (SOCRATES) targets ground-breaking metallurgical processes, incl. plasma-, bio-, solvo-, electro- and ionometallurgy, that can be integrated into environmentally friendly, zero-waste valorisation flow sheets. By unlocking the potential of these secondary raw materials, SOCRATES contributes to a more diversified and sustainable supply chain for critical metals (cf. Priority area 3 in EC Circular Economy Action Plan; COM(2015)614/2). The SOCRATES consortium brings together all the relevant stakeholders along the value chain, from metal extraction, to metal recovery, and to residual matrix valorisation in added-value applications, such as supplementary cementitious materials, inorganic polymers and catalysts. To maximise applicability, SOCRATES has selected four commonly available and chemically complementary residue families: (1) flotation tailings from primary Cu production, (2) Fe-rich sludges from Zn production, (3) fayalitic slags from non-ferrous metallurgy, and (4) bottom ashes from incineration plants. As a basis for a concerted effort to strengthen the EU’s critical-metal supply chain for Ge, In, Ga and Sb, SOCRATES trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in technological innovation: metal extraction (WP1), metal recovery (WP2), residual matrix valorisation (WP3) and integrated assessment (WP4). By training the ESRs in scientific, technical and soft skills, they are the next generation of highly employable scientists and engineers in the raw-materials sector.


List of deliverables.
Updated Exploitation Plan Documents, reports 2020-02-21 18:15:44
Policy Brief/Newsletter 2 Documents, reports 2020-02-21 18:15:44
Website (external part) Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-21 18:15:44
Recruitment event Other 2020-02-21 18:15:44
SOCRATES SUMMER SCHOOL Other 2020-02-21 18:15:44
Promo video 1 Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-21 18:15:44
Policy Brief/Newsletter 1 Documents, reports 2020-02-21 18:15:44

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SOCRATES deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Ivan Korolev, Pelin Altınkaya, Petteri Halli, Pyry-Mikko Hannula, Kirsi Yliniemi, Mari Lundström
Electrochemical recovery of minor concentrations of gold from cyanide-free cupric chloride leaching solutions
published pages: 840-850, ISSN: 0959-6526, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.177
Journal of Cleaner Production 186 2020-02-21
2018 Roberto Macchieraldo, Lars Esser, Roman Elfgen, Pascal Voepel, Stefan Zahn, Bernd M. Smarsly, Barbara Kirchner
Hydrophilic Ionic Liquid Mixtures of Weakly and Strongly Coordinating Anions with and without Water
published pages: 8567-8582, ISSN: 2470-1343, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00995
ACS Omega 3/8 2020-02-21

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