Our Partners

UCT

University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town UCT is an inclusive, research-intensive university in Africa that addresses the challenges of our time with cutting-edge teaching, research and facilities.  

In the project, UCT, having expertise in leaching processes, will undertake relevant tasks to study the associated mechanisms during the extraction of the PGMs. UCT has previously submitted a patent on the development of a 2-stage heap leach process for direct PGM leaching from low-grade PGM ore and through their wide experience in geometallurgy and novel extraction methods of PGMs, they are capable of providing a solid base for the project.

ULiege

Université de Liège

Université de Liège (ULiege) is a public university open to the world and is anchored in the scientific, cultural and economic development of its region. The University relies on its three pillars: teaching, research and civil engagement.

 ULiege holds experience in mineralogical and metallurgical processes for the separation and recovery of PGMs and within the project will study the associated interactions and mechanisms of the metals during separation and recovery. 

Through their participation in relevant projects, they have developed 2 new processes for the recovery of PGMs which will be applied during the project implementation.

ENEA

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

ENEA, a public agency operating in the fields of energy, environment and new technologies, will use skills and facilities for the synthesis and characterization of novel materials. 

As an example, recovered PGMs will be employed for the chemical transformation of CO2 to chemicals, which is a promising and interesting strategy to mitigate the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. Catalysts development will be possible thanks to the experience that ENEA’s team matured in the frame of national projects for CO2 valorization processes and the utilization of the ZECOMIX plant, which belongs to ECCSEL-ERIC and is included among the recognized European CO2 infrastructures.

IC-BAS

Institute of Catalysis of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Catalysis, a research institution part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IC-BAS), focuses on the development of nanoscience, new materials and technologies.

The research activities in IC-BAS are related mainly to materials science: physical chemistry of the bulk and nanoscale PGM and transition metal phases; development of new industrial catalysts and adsorbents; mechanisms and kinetics of catalytic reactions; quantum chemistry methods in theoretical catalysis; preparation of adsorbents and catalysts based on waste industrial and bio-products. 

Therefore, the main activities of IC-BAS related to the CHemPGM project will be the preparation, characterization and treatment of bulk and nanoscale materials; mechanochemistry as a preparation and activation method for leaching in laboratory and industry; development of new and nanosized catalysts for clean energy production, for waste gases control and environmental protection.

MONO

MONOLITHOS Catalysts & Recycling Ltd.

MONO, a major player in the Greek automotive aftermarket, is the lead partner of the CHemPGM project and will also lead the project dissemination and exploitation activities.

 Being the coordinator of 5 of these projects has gained the necessary experience to effectively manage, coordinate and disseminate a project and its results. MONO has long-standing expertise in the production and recycling of PGMs containing catalysts and will try to apply the knowledge pack gained to improve the effectiveness of the PGMs-containing emission control systems. 

The company is highly active in the specific field, having several ongoing projects toward the development of cost-efficient and sustainable catalytic products and materials.

YS CATALYSTS

Y.S. CYPRIOT CATALYSTS LTD

YS CATALYSTS, a newborn Cypriot SME, is also operating in the field of PGMs utilization to produce catalytic systems and materials dedicated to marine applications. 

Through participation in the project CATMAR, the company has demonstrated the potential of catalytic devices to replace costly and bulky marine scrubbers with a catalytic system containing PGMs that will constitute a breakthrough innovation in the field. 

As a result, the company will provide input in the utilization of PGMs to construct effective emission control devices for heavy-duty applications such as ships, trucks, etc.

LOMARTOV S.L.

LOM

LOMARTOV S.L. (LOM), an SME based in Spain, provides advanced engineering sustainable solutions, reinforced by the dilate experience of the staff in materials science, offering services and implementing solutions based on the innovative production of new materials, supported by integrating computational engineering and multiscale materials modeling. 

The company is particularly experienced in analyzing the environmental and socio-economic impact of new materials, with a special focus on environmental recyclability, safety and health regulation and standards requirements. 

The implementation of the knowledge regarding the chemistry of the PGMs in processes and products will be evaluated by LOM for their sustainability aspects to ensure the effective utilization of the PGM resources aligned with circular economy principles and regulations.