Special Issue "Topical Advisory Panel Members' Collection Series: Waste Reuse, Recycling and Recovery"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (21 April 2023) | Viewed by 483

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Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Via La Masa 1, 20156 Milano, Italy
Interests: extractive metallurgy; circular economy; metallurgical residues valorization
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Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Ludwika Waryńskiego 1, 00-645 Warszawa, Poland
Interests: process engineering; chemical reaction engineering; process simulation; wastewater treatment; chemical processes; separation technology; process modeling; chemical technology; distillation; process chemistry; petroleum chemistry; industrial process; cracking process; membrane technology; membrane filtration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a new Collection titled “Topical Advisory Panel Members' Collection Series: Waste Reuse, Recycling and Recovery”, which will collect papers invited by the Topical Advisory Panel Members.

Metallurgical, cement and construction, and chemical industries are the most impactful human activities in terms of solid, liquid, and gaseous emissions. Metals production involves the extraction of metal ores processed by hydro-, pyro-, or hybrid-metallurgical processes, and it is always associated with the generation of an important amount of waste. The cement and construction industry excavates a large amount of natural stony material and utilizes organic and inorganic binders for the manufacturing of concrete and road layers. The chemical industry employs several kinds of reagents for the production of fertilizers, soaps, disinfectants, and pharmaceuticals. These processes are generally associated with harmful solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes that need stabilization before their final disposal. Generally, the waste and by-products of the aforementioned industries still contain valuable elements or compounds (i.e., critical metals, advanced ceramics, chemical reagents, and so on) that can be suitable and profitable when recovered and used for other purposes, which may even be far from the root processes where they were generated.

Thus, this Special Issue of Applied Science focuses on the possibility of recycling, recovering, and reutilizing metals, oxides, salts, or other compounds from industrial wastes. The purpose of this issue is to collect novel and promising processes able to valorize wastes and create new products, thereby pursuing circular economy and the zero-waste philosophy. Papers are encouraged to explain feasible processes at the laboratory scale or a pilot plant, or existing processes, with special regard to the economic aspects of compound extraction and the environmental impact of process residues.

The aim of this Collection is to provide a venue for networking and communication between Applied Sciences and scholars in the field of waste management. We hope to establish a collection of papers that will be of interest to scholars in the field. Contributions in the form of full papers, reviews, and communications about related topics are very welcome.

Dr. Davide Mombelli
Dr. Piotr Grzybowski
Guest Editors

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  • circular economy
  • extractive metallurgy
  • metallurgical residues recovery
  • secondary raw materials
  • waste management
  • slag
  • dusts
  • sludges
  • skims
  • dross
  • cement and concrete
  • asphalt
  • exhaust salts

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Pyrometallurgical Technology for Extracting Iron and Zinc from Electric Arc Furnace Dust
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(10), 6204; https://doi.org/10.3390/app13106204 - 18 May 2023
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This study is aimed at developing a technology for processing electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) into granulated cast iron and a zinc-containing product. The study object was the dust from the EAF of PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region). It [...] Read more.
This study is aimed at developing a technology for processing electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) into granulated cast iron and a zinc-containing product. The study object was the dust from the EAF of PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region). It has been established that the dust contains valuable components in the form of ZnFe2O4 and ZnO. The processing of EAFD involves the reduction of Fe and Zn in a charge from their oxygen-containing forms with C and CO. The content of the charge components was calculated in % as follows: EAFD—17.44; scale—51.33; hard coal—20.61; quartz sand—4.71; lime—5.91. The experiments in the high-temperature LHT 08/17 furnace (Germany) allowed for defining the optimal temperature regime for reduction melting. As a result of laboratory tests, granulated pig iron samples were obtained, containing in wt%: Fe—95.27; C—4.4; S—0.07, and others. Captured zinc-containing product after calcination (to remove halogens) contained 90.21 wt% ZnO. The resulting granulated pig iron is recommended as one of the charge components in electrometallurgical steel production. The zinc-containing product is recommended as a raw material for Zn production and others. Full article
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