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2. Synthesis of tailor-made extractants and lixiviants

On request, new extractants, leaching agents and ion-exchange resins can be designed and synthesised, specifically for the objected application. The compounds can be designed from scratch or based on literature procedures. The synthesis will be performed on a laboratory scale, and the compounds will be fully characterised with NMR, FTIR and CHN elemental analysis. Several physical properties will be measured including viscosity, density, water content and melting temperature.

Available equipment: synthesis set-up, rotary evaporators, Schlenck line, vacuum oven, short path vacuum distiller, NMR, FTIR/Raman, CHN analyser, viscometer, Karl Fischer titrator, DSC

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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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