Urban Mining: Recycling of Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries Chasing Raw Materials

Urban Mining: Recycling of Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries Chasing Raw Materials

Lithium-Ion Batteries, LIBs, are widely diffused in portable electronics and now even more in electric vehicles. End-of-Life LIBs constitute at the same time a problem (waste to be managed) and a possible resource (as contain valuable Critical Raw Materials, CRMs).

Whit this lab activity the LiCoO2, the first commercial cathode in LIBs will be degraded though the use of organic acids and reducing agents. Li and Co, the most valuable CRMs, will be recovered as pure salts.

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