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Solvometallurgy is the extraction of metals from ores, extractive waste, industrial process residues, production scrap and urban waste using non-aqueous solutions. Solvometallurgy differs from hydrometallurgy by the absence of a discrete water phase.


SOLVOMET offers lab-scale and mini-pilot infrastructure for solvometallurgical leaching and solvent extraction process development and testing. Concurrently, SOLVOMET offers analytical services as well.


SOLVOMET is specialised in 1. solvometallurgical recovery of metals from low-grade ores, extractive waste, industrial process residues and metal-rich urban waste, 2. removal of metals from liquid streams, and 3. solvent extraction processes.


SOLVOMET is your experienced partner for both bilateral (contract research & consultancy) projects and EU/national projects in the domain of solvometallurgy.

Welcome to SOLVOMET

SOLVOMET is KU Leuven’s Centre for Solvometallurgy. SOLVOMET’s mission is to support its industrial and RTD partners in the conceptual and practical development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals, which are subsequently tested using state-of-the-art lab-scale and mini pilot-scale experimental facilities.

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