Develop Critical raw element Bio-Extraction methods

March 14, 2017
Job Type: 
PhD Student
Job Institution: 
Aix-Marseille University

A PhD position (Doc2Amu -COFUND H2020 program) is available at Aix-Marseille university to develop Critical raw element Bio-Extraction methods.

Critical raw elements (CRE) are at the heart of many emerging technologies. The recent increase of CRE demand will lead to major environmental, industrial and geo-political issues. The question of the availability of these element essentials in high-tech applications is of the highest concern. Because of criticality of most of the CRE, recycling and recovery technologies will be challenging in the near future.

Although recycling routes for some specific wastes have already emerged, in the optic of reducing the environmental fingerprint of the recycling process, this PhD project aims at developing bio-extraction processes alternative to more traditional pyro- and hydrometallurgy.

The strength of the project relies on the interdisciplinary (mineralogy, physico-chemistry, microbiology) and multi-scale approach based as well on field campaign than on up-to-date characterisation platforms and tools.

The application must be submitted on the Web Portal before the deadline: April 10th, 2017 at midnight.

The PhD programme will start on October 1st, 2017.

For more information about the program please visit our website: