On October 1, 2020, the new Christian Doppler Laboratory for the selective recovery of special metals, headed by Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Stefan Steinlechner started operation.
In numerous high-tech applications, special metals, which are often only available in limited quantities in certain regions, are indispensable. For example, electric cars, mobile phones and solar cells require metals such as indium, cobalt, silver and zinc. The CD Laboratory is mainly concerned with the extraction of these metals from new raw material sources, which are currently unused in the metallurgical industry. The aim is to extract the valuable metals from industrial material flows, especially from intermediate and by-products, and thus to be able to close material cycles. This form of recycling is an essential step towards a sustainable industry and strengthens domestic competitiveness.
Christian Doppler Laboratories are jointly financed by both the public sector and the participating companies.
Further details and information under: https://www.unileoben.ac.at/weiteres/news/neues-christian-doppler-labor-in-leoben
(Photo: adapted; Freisinger)