UK gets its 1st bio-refinery, recovering precious metals from e-waste without cyanide
Brexit has introduced the potential for higher costs for e-waste recovery in the UK. A NZ start-up thinks they have a "micro-brewery" style, localised solution. Their process uses a bio-refinery process that combines hydrometallurgy and biotechnology to safely extract metals – including gold, palladium, silver and copper – from e-waste.
The process removes the need for the use of cyanide in the recovery process, although other lower level chemicals are still needed. Initial plans include 2 units in the UK and 1 in Sydney, Australia.
A micro factory is a series of modules that can take a variety of different waste materials and transform them into a new product. Textiles for example can be combined with glass in the micro factory to be converted into hard green ceramics.The ideal location for these micro factories is where the waste is being collected so you can have communities able to access them and turn their own waste into a resource, a small-scale industry.https://www.abc.net.au/austory/the-tipping-point/13164736
NASA celebrated the landing of #MarsPersevere on Feb 18. Abigail Allwood has been working on PIXL. Engineers at JPL and QUT have been building software to crunch the data as it comes down from Mars, making PIXL more relevant to the whole tactical decision-making process, including selection of samples. David Flannery will guide the team of scientists on the mission where to go and which samples to take. More> https://ab.co/37usWJZFrom left to right: Brendan Orenstein (PhD student), Julian Andres Galvez Serna (PhD student), Michael Jones (Collaborator), Peter Nemere (Collaborator), David Flannery (Co-I), Luke Nothdurft (Collaborator), Vanessa Zepeda (PhD student).