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Making amorphous slag

a beautiful shiny amorphous slag obtained after quenching

Work Packages 1 and 2 of the SOCRATES project are working on the extraction and the recovery of critical and economically important metals that are present in the investigated tailings, sludges, slags and ashes. They leave behind residual mineral matrices that we use in our Work Package 3 “Residual matrix valorization“. Inorganic polymers can be synthesized from various sources, like ...

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What do you know about plasma?

Figure 5: Plasma gasification (left), plasma fuming (right)

Plasma is the fourth fundamental state of matter in our universe (we don’t know about the states of matter in other universes yet 😉). In simple words, plasma happens when a gas is brought to an ionized state. But is it all there is to it? Let’s see what else can we know! Let’s imagine, on a stormy night, you ...

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To burn or not to burn… Is that a right question?

Figure 2. Waste hierarchy pyramid (source: https://www2.le.ac.uk)

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the SOCRATES consortium or any of its members. The Consortium will not take any liability for such statements included in the article. At first, I wanted to write about one weekend, June 15-17, that I spent in ...

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Secondment in KU Leuven: a fruitful experience

Picture of the electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) of KU Leuven

The Marie Sklodowska Curie European Training Network SOCRATES offers a unique training programme for 15 early stage researchers (ESRs), bundling and strengthening European skills and knowledge through an intersectorial and interdisciplinary cluster of excellence. That is our projects’ nicely put slogan or baseline. In this blog, I will describe how the SOCRATES project puts these nice words into reality. SOCRATES ...

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Do not waste your waste

Circular economy chart [1]

“Do not waste your waste” was our slogan in the “Zero Waste Management Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School” of November 2017. The school was organized by University of Zagreb Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering Department and supported by EIT Raw Materials. There was a huge participation of 39 researchers coming from all over Europe (Austria, Finland, Croatia, Germany, Poland, ...

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Catalysts and Dragons

Credit: 2010 Chemorphesis

“Once upon a time there was a family living in a small town at the base of a big mountain. On top of that mountain a tremendous dragon, unbeatable by any man, guarded the only known passage to the next valley where a treasure was located. One day, the two sons of the family decided to try to find the ...

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Deep eutectic solvents – A warm relationship

Ionic Liquids and their properties [2]

If you have read my previous articles, you might have noticed that my PhD is about deep eutectic solvents and their application in electrochemical extraction of critical metals from industrial wastes (quite a mouthful, but allow me to explain 🙂 ). Metallurgists and Chemists might be wondering “Why deep eutectic solvents for extraction of metals? Why? I could just use ...

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The priceless metal: Gold

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  “Gold is money. Everything else is credit.” J. P. Morgan Why is gold one of the most expensive metal in the world? Have you ever thought about it? As I have been working with gold, I thought, maybe it is a good idea to write about this gorgeous metal. I hope you will be more interested in gold and ...

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It’s my life

It has been a year since I started my PhD in Leicester. Many people said it would have been an adaptation year since I moved to a foreign country and started living on my own. Well not completely, I have a lovely housemate, Marianna (ESR 2). She helped me a lot throughout this year, teaching me how to be independent (mostly in the kitchen!). ...

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An exceptional woman

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As SOCRATES researchers, we were appointed under the aegis of one of the most prestigious European bursaries; a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action. But, who was Marie Skłodowska-Curie and how she became the first woman to win a Nobel prize? (actually two). Today, on international women’s day, I decided to share part of her bittersweet life, which made of her an example ...

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