Cobalt and Lanthanide Recovery from Batteries

NiMH and Li-ion batteries contain many different metals including steel, nickel, cobalt, lanthanum, cerium, copper, lithium, aluminium

The project will evaluate new processes for both physical separation of battery components (ultrasound) and chemical separation (ionic liquids)

The project focusses on Li-ion and NiMH battery chemistries - important for consumer device and electric vehicle application

About the COLABATS Project

CoLaBATS will develop new battery recycling processes for the recovery of cobalt, lanthanum, cerium, copper, nickel and other materials from waste batteries, significantly improving recycling efficiencies and recovered metal purity compared to existing recycling routes.

The project will focus on rechargeable Li-ion and NiMH batteries.  These batteries are found in everyday consumer products such as mobile phones and lap-tops, industrial equipment, and are important for the developing electric vehicle market.  The project will evaluate the use of ultrasound to help separate battery components and the use of task specific ionic liquids (TSILs) for the selective extraction of metals. 


CoLaBATS factsheetCoLaBATS_Newsletter_01 March 2014


CoLaBATS_Newsletter_02 September 2014

ColaBats Newsletter 03 March 2015

ColaBats Newsletter 04 September 2015

ColaBats Newsletter 05 May 2016


D7.11_Selection_of_Ionic_Liquids (Solvionic).pdf


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