01 January 2018 – 31 March 2020

Objective

Platinum Group Metals (PGM) – platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium, ruthenium, and iridium – have unique physical and chemical characteristics which make them indispensable to modern technology and industry. However, their markets are subject to many variations because, most of the time, they are not mined for themselves since they occur together in nature alongside nickel and copper and are produced as co-products. Their catalytic properties – particularly those of platinum, palladium, and rhodium – make them ideally suited to many applications aimed at countering the effects of air pollution and limiting the production of greenhouse gases. Another distinctive characteristic of PGMs is that they are recyclable.

EU and USA are not top producers of PGMs and they are dependent on countries such as South Africa and Russia for their supply.

The project aims at delivering a joint research and innovation agenda between USA and Europe to improve the platinum group metal supply from primary and secondary resources.

The solution (technology)

This will be achieved by analyzing PGM value chains, identifying bottlenecks limiting their production and proposing joint R&D&I tracks to fix them. The work will be based on knowledge already existing with the Partners or being generated within EU or USA actions or projects.

Partnership

  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France (Lead partner)
  • IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc, USA
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (VTT), Finland