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The Added Value For The European Economy of Recycling of Secondary Critical Raw Material Within Europe EITRawMaterials

About This Webinar

Critical Raw Materials CRMs are crucial to Europe’s Economy, but they also have high risk associated to their supply. CRMs are used in environmental technologies, consumer electronics, health steel making, defense technology, space exploration and aviation. However, there is also lack of viable substitutes due to very unique and reliable properties of those materials. Thus, EU should find a strategy to reduce the Union’s reliance on CRMs.

The EU has many and uncharacterised and unexplored deposits. However, the existing economic and regulatory climate, combined with growing land use competition, limits the exploitation. Thus, in terms of recycling, secondary supplies can reduce the demand for primary materials, overcoming the deposit deficiency. PGMs (Pt, Pd, Rh) which are included in CRMs, are mainly used in automobile catalytic converters to reduce NOx to nitrogen as well as to oxidise CO. The concentration of the PGMs in catalytic converters is higher than in ores, therefore, the recovery of the PGMs from spent car catalytic converters could be a significant source to obtain these precious metals, reprocess and produce new functional materials. Thus, it is of major importance to map the recovery of raw materials, such as Platinum Group Metals PGMs from products across Europe.


21 November 2018


11:30 a.m. CET


40’ + 10’ questions


By the end of the course, the student is expected to have:

• Got greater focus on critical raw materials’ importance on European Economy.

• Got a deeper knowledge on circular economy’s model benefits.

• Got a thorough perspective on PGMs recycling from concentrated sources, such as spent automotive catalysts.

• Learned new technologies and more effective ways to recover precious metals from secondary sources.


Researchers, students in their final stages of their PhDs and Post Doc students willing to explore a new efficient method to obtain PGMs for spent automotive catalytic converters and re-introduce them new catalyst production process.



Course Staff

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Moschovi Anastasia

Moschovi Anastasia (f) has a degree in Material Science and received her Master and PhD from Chemical Engineering Department of Patras, Greece, Polytechnic School. During her studies, she focused on synthesis of electrolytes and their physicochemical characterization. She has participated in national and international funded projects (ZEOCELL, ERC GRAND H2SMS CAT) as post poctoral researcher and in several national and international conferences. She is author of nine scientific publications in international journals. She has also knowledge and experience on synthesis of biomimetic polymeric systems, such as hydrogels. During her professional career, she has also worked in the Research and Development Department of a Pharmaceutical company. She is member of the Research and Development scientific group of MONOLITHOS Catalysts & Recycling Ltd.