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Video about the TARANTULA project in which participates Patricia Lassaux and her team


Seftel Elena Mihaela (VITO) and Martina Orefice (KU Leuven) explain in this video the concept of the TARANTULA project, which aims at the recovery of tungsten, niobium and tantalum occurring as by-products in mining and processing waste streams.

Referring to the Greek mythological figure of Tantalus, the video explains why the so-called refractory (strong) metals –  tantalum, tungsten and niobium – are crucial for Europe’s industry, where these elements are currently mined and why this import dependence makes the European economy vulnerable. To reduce this dependency, the TARANTULA project aims to recycle these elements from electronic scrap, industrial waste and mining residues. In order to do so, the consortium is developing nine innovative and eco-friendly methods with higher recycling efficiencies. The MBPEL is developing in this context a bioflotation method based on specific peptides.

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The TARANTULA project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 821159 –

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