Processing and Recycling

eLi Processing and Recycling


This platform gathers teams recognized in the fields of mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy from lab to pilot scale.

Research activities

  • Flotation of ores including lithium ore
  • Thermal treatment of lithium ore
  • Purification and extraction operations for valorizing of metals from primary and
    secondary resources
  • Innovative recycling processes for
    lithium-ion batteries

Industry activities

  • Development of recovery flowsheets
  • Improvement of metal extraction from deep mineralized zones
  • Improvement of mineral processing
  • Optimization of industrial battery
    recycling processes

Education activities

  • Training by research within the framework of MSc and PhD programs
  • Pilot scale courses for MSc students
  • EMerald Master course in Resources Engineering with the support of Erasmus+ Program of the European Union
  • Visit of mining industries for students

Processing and Recycling platform for improving lithium-ion battery sustainability

© Université de Lorraine – Georessources
  • Experimental study and modelling of the synergistic effects in mixed collectors systems, especially with non ionic reagent
  • Development of modelling tools to describe solvent extraction of metals in mixers-settlers depending on flowsheets, flowrates and chemistry
  • Development of breakthrough process involving new chemistry relying on supercritic fluids, ionic liquids, micro and milli-fluidic devices

Project NeW-Bat (supported by BMBF)

© Fraunhofer ISC
  • Efficient recycling of end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and production residues
  • Main item of the new recycling process is the materials selective fragmentation EHF based on shock waves
  • Goal is the complete recovery of all battery materials (especially lithium metal oxides) for direct reuse in new batteries

Project AutoBatRec 2020 (supported by EIT RawMaterials)

© Fraunhofer ISC
  • AutoBatRec 2020 will address the challenges of integrating Li-ion-batteries into a circular economy
  • It will give insight into several new developments and technologies for battery disassembly and recycling
  • Goal is a complete process concept for the upscaled disassembly of batteries as well as the fragmentation and separation into clean materials fractions