Using Bio-inspired Lixiviants to Selectively Extract Valuable Metals from Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator Ash

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Santa Barbara, California
Project Term:
03/03/2021 - 09/28/2022

Technology Description:

Current environmental, capital equipment, and reagent unit costs of metal extraction and refinement, including from waste minerals, are high. A technical solution will increase the domestic supply of metals as well as reduce consumer cost of downstream power and new technology devices. Lixivia Inc. proposes to use bio-inspired molecules, complemented by conventional chemical reagents to reduce reagent costs, the environmental burden of using such reagents, and the capital equipment needed to produce metals from MSWI ash. Simultaneously, the project will introduce step-change capabilities in metal-selective extraction and refinement from MSWI ash.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Douglas Wicks
Project Contact:
Dr. Michael Wyrsta
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