Secondary raw materials
R&D strategic direction
The recovery of raw materials from by-products and wastes is a fundamental economic interest. The European Union gives special attention to these challenges, both in marketing and R&D areas. The Biotechnology Division of Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research – in cooperation with other professional divisions – has set up a research group focusing on the field of raw material recovery.
Our aim is to use mining by-products – which are currently in the “hazardous waste” category – as raw materials and to develop new technologies, which can be used for the economic extraction of their metal content.
Biotechnology provides opportunities in the following cases:
- There are some microorganisms that can enhance the extraction of metals from rocks, which may thus become further usable (biomining, bioleaching), or
- By removing or reducing metal ions that contaminate industrial raw materials, in some cases it is possible to increase the market value of the raw material.
Primary aims of research:
- the extraction of rare-earth metals and
- the reduction of iron content of silicate raw materials (clay minerals, sand)
Professional and infrastructural background
- R&D Infrastructure Creation
- In the framework of KIC RAW MATERIALS program we set up our RAW MAT Laboratory in Szeged – in cooperation with our other institute in Miskolc – which is able to perform laboratory-scale metal extraction tasks and development. This infrastructure forms the basis for further research programs.
- Creating partner networks
- By involving our corporate partners, research institutes and governmental decision-making organizations, we have created a partner network that can represent the domestic secondary raw material utilization field. We established the professional background for enabling an effective, market-oriented task solving and technological development.
Dr. István KISS – Director of the Division
Address: H-6726 Szeged, Derkovits fasor 2.