The over 4 years long SCALE project, funded by H2020-EU.3.5.3, was successfully completed on 31.05.2021
The SCALE project (Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by- products) funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme H2020-EU.3.5.3 was successfully completed on 31.05.2021.
The main achievements:
- An optimized, commercially viable, eco-friendly selective ion recovery (SIR) technology process for extracting scandium from bauxite residues was patented and demonstrated at pilot scale, imparting sustainability benefits to the environment.
- Al-Sc master alloys was produced at small industrial scale and used in production of Al-Mg-Sc alloys.
- Al-Sc 3D printing with SCALE alloy was demonstrated.
- Direct production of Al with ~ 2wt% Sc by electrolysis from a cryolite melt with Al2O3and Sc2O3 as feed material was demonstrated, obtaining current efficiencies in the range of 85-90%. Besides, dross residues from Al-Sc master alloy production were successfully used as feed, i.e., as Al2O3 and Sc2O3 In this way, the dross material can be valorised by the developed innovative electrolysis process.
- Acid resistant nanofiltration process developed and tested at laboratory and pilot scale proved to be suitable for extraction of Sc from strongly acidic process wastewater (acidic waste of TiO2 production).
Our colleague, William Mayes, an environmental scientist from the University of Hull in England, summarised in a short article published on the 15th February, 2021 at the Popular Science website, the lessons learned from the Ajka 2010 red mud disaster in Hungary.
We participated with a poster presentation at the first international online Greenering conference, organised between 15-17 February, 2021.
The conference was organised within the GREENERING COST action, that had the objective to join academics, researchers and companies in an international forum to promote industrial application of green chemistry and sustainable technologies into industries, with environmental, innovation, economic and policy aspects in focus.
The title of the poster presented on behalf of our reserach group is:
Poster: ECOTOXICITY ASSESSMENT TO SUPPORT THE SELECTION OF TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATIVES FOR SCANDIUM EXTRACTION FROM BAUXITE RESIDUE IN SCALED-UP EXPERIMENTS
Authors: Feigl V., Molnár M., Berkl Zs., Vaszita E., Fekete-Kertész I.
Congratulations to Éva Farkas for sucessfully defending her PhD thesis on 15. 01. 2021.
The title of the PhD dissertation is:
“Complex assessment and evaluation of the long-term effects of biochar to improve sandy soils – from laboratory to field application “
The PhD dissertation and the thesis book (both in Hungarian and English) are available in the digital archive of the university.
We are pleased to welcome in our group two additional PhD students, who won a scholarship from the
Rita Márton’s PhD research topic is: studying and influencing quorum sensing in fungi.
Szabina Molnár’s PhD research topic is: the effect of biochar ageing on biochar properties and on its applicability in soil.
We wish much success to their research activity!
We are pleased to inform you that Zsófia Berkl, our PhD student, was awarded the Best Lecture Award (1st Prize) within the MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY section of The 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists „FIBOK 2020” for her lecture on the 19th of November 2020:
Authors: BERKL Zsófia1 – MOLNÁR Mónika 1 – FENYVESI Éva 2 – NÉMETH Imre 1 – BUDA Kata 1 – FEKETE-KERTÉSZ Ildikó 1 – MÁRTON Rita 1 – SZENTE Lajos2
1 BME-VBK ABÉT, Budapest
2 CycloLab Kft., Budapest
Congratulations Zsófi for your continuous success!
We were represented by our two PhD students at the 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists
The 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists „FIBOK 2020” organised by the HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES and the UNIVERSITY OF DEBRECEN was held online in November, 2020 and it focused on the following areas: PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY, ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY.
The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for young scientists in Hungary involved in biotechnological research and to introduce the results of their research via oral and poster presentations and to support the collaboration between them.
Our research group was represented by two PhD students, Zsófia Berkl and Imre Németh, who presented their work in the MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY section on the 19th of November, 2020.
Zsófia Berkl introduced her work in an oral presentation on the cyclodextrin-mediated quorum quenching in the Aliivibrio fischeri model system. The abstract can be reached on page 63 of the Conference Abstract Book.
Imre Németh introduced the results of his work in a poster presentation on the effects of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens biofilm formation. The abstract can be reached on page 81 of the Conference Abstract Book.
We are pleased to present the first issue of the ELECTRA project newsletter.
ELECTRA is a flagship project of the EU-China Cooperation Initiative. It is a 4-year Research and Innovation Action. Our research team from BME is consortium partner of the ELECTRA project . The consortium consists of 16 European partners receiving funding from the European Union H2020 programme, and 5 Chinese partners being funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
The project aims to develop and implement bioelectrochemical systems for the bioremediation of contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediments and soil.
The first newsletter presents the first set of four technologies as well as a brief summary of an impressive number of communication and dissemination activities performed within this first 18 months of the project.
Between 3-6 October, 2020 we participated at the ERES 2020 Virtual Conference, (http://eres2020.eres-conference.eu/ ) organised by the SCALE and the secREEts projects and sponsored by Mytileneos and MEAB.
This was the 3rd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources originally planned to be held in Delphi, Greece.
However, due to the ongoing COVID19 crisis, the organizing committee of the ERES 2020 conference has decided to move the conference to a virtual venue.
Our group participated with three abstracts, presented in one lecture by Viktoria Feigl.
The below listed abstracts can be viewed also in the list of abstracts: http://eres2020.eres-conference.eu/index.php/abstracts/
Viktória FEIGL, Emese VASZITA, Mónika MOLNÁR, Sebastian HEDWIG, Markus LENZ, Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ: ECOTOXICITY OF RESIDUES FROM THE LEACHING PROCESS OF BAUXITE RESIDUE FOR SCANDIUM PRODUCTION
Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ, Emese VASZITA, Mónika MOLNÁR, Sebastian HEDWIG, Markus LENZ, Viktória FEIGL: ECOTOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF NANOFILTRATION PRODUCTS AS THE FIRST STEP OF SCANDIUM PRODUCTION FROM TITANIUM DIOXIDE PRODUCTION WASTE
Emese VASZITA, Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ, Mónika MOLNÁR, Dirk Hengevoss, Markus LENZ, Viktória FEIGL: QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE ECOTOXICOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RESIDUES GENERATED IN SCANDIUM PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
Our group attended online the SCALE 8th progress meeting on the 2nd of October, 2020.
Viktoria Feigl presented the summary of the results on the work conducted by the group within WP5 – Sustainability evaluation.
We reported on the results of ecotoxicity testing of chemicals used and the wastes produced during SCALE processes and on the qualitative assessment of the environmental effects to support Life Cycle Assessment of the SCALE technologies.