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     WASTE PROCESSING AND MANAGEMENT LABORATORY at IST


The Laboratory is a modern infrastrucure equipped with modern equipment, including:

  • a magnetic separator;
  • a particle size analyzer by laser diffraction;
  • an optical microscope;
  • a stereoscope microscope with photography equipment;
  • an electric arc furnace;
  • a mechanical shredder;
  • a centrifugal ball mill, sample splitter, electromagnetic sieve shaker;
  • several precision electronic balances, for determining the moisture content of the samples
  • and miscellaneous equipment for hydrometallurgical testing (reactors, process control equipment).

The activities of the Laboratory are directed towards leading-edge developments and to promote the learning ability of graduate engineering students and young researchers aiming to conserve and manage resources and acknowledge the potential impact of waste on public health and the environment, promoting the recycling and valorization of residues.

In recent years a substantial research effort has been dedicated to recycling and valorisation of residues, which has required to spread existing capacities in domains like materials characterisation, physical-chemical and environmental analysis, physical separation (minerallurgical and other related techniques), chemical and metallurgical engineering, modelling, process development and design.

Recycling processes of metallic residues in the scope of mercury removal from waste sources, recycling of sealed Ni-Cd and Zn-Mn type batteries, valorisation of residues from military activities, waste of electric and electronic equipment and other waste streams were developed with scientific success. Main goals for coming years consider enlarging research activities to other class of materials and end-of-life products.