Waste Processing and Management


The activities of the Laboratory of Waste Processing and Management are directed towards leading-edge developments to conserve and manage resources and acknowledge the potential impact of waste on public health and the environment, promoting the recycling and valorisation of residues.

Work developed at this lab is organized by Professor Fernanda Margarido.


Waste Management 1In recent years, a substantial research effort has been dedicated to recycling and valorisation residues, which has required skill building in domains like materials’ characterisation, environmental analysis, physical separation, chemical and metallurgical engineering, modelling, process development, and design.

Recycling 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.


To support our activities, this laboratory is equipped with modern equipment:

PARTICLE SIZE ANALYSER by laser diffraction
STEREOSCOPE MICROSCOPE with photography equipment
Electric arc FURNACE
Mechanical SHREDDER
Centrifugal ball MILL, sample SPLITTER, electromagnetic SIEVE SHAKER
Precision ELECTRONIC BALANCES to determine the moisture content
Miscellaneous equipment for HYDROMETALLURGICAL TESTING