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On 9th September dr. Niall O’Toole with HZDR presented a poster about CHROMIC at the ILSEPT 2019 International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology (Melia Sitges, Sitges, Spain). The poster – prepared with HZDR colleagues Alexander Mansel, Norman Kelly and Christiane Scharf – was titled “Separation and recovery of chromium and vanadium from alkaline leaching solutions of Cr-V-bearing slags” and illustrated the research on solvent extraction carried out in CHROMIC.

ILSEPT 2019 is aimed at being an event in which researchers in academia and industry can share and discuss cutting edge results on the use of ionic liquids in separation applications. As reported by O’Toole, the CHROMIC research on solvent extraction met the interest of many participants working in the field of chemical separation.


The CHROMIC’s results will be presented at EUROCLAY 2019 ( by VITO’s researcher Elena M. Seftel. EUROCLAY is one of the most important scientific meetings in the field of clays and clay minerals, an event taking place every four years, in which the latest cutting-edge results of this research area are presented. The forthcoming edition of the event will be held at Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC) in the center of Paris, France, from 1st to 5th July.

Two contributions will show the research conducted by VITO within CHROMIC. The first one is a poster titled “Sorption of metal oxyanions from complex solutions by layered double hydroxide (LDHs) type anionic clays” will be part of the session “Layered double hydroxides for Future Earth”, whereas the second, an oral presentation called “Clay-based structured composites for oxyanions uptake from aqueous waste effluents” (realized in collaboration with the Laboratory of Adsorption and Catalysis of the University of Antwerpen), will be presented during the session “Clay and clay minerals in ceramics: from industrial to new hierarchical/textural materials”.

On Wednesday 26 June dr. Niall O’Toole from HZDR will give a talk about research carried out within CHROMIC at the European Metallurgical Conference (EMC), in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The topic of the presentation will be the development of a solvent extraction process for recovery of chromium and vanadium from steel slags, which is one of the main scientific and technological tasks tackled in CHROMIC.

The EMC is one of the most important international conference and meeting for metallurgists and engineers from the non-ferrous industry and research institutes in Europe. Besides its relevance, the event is particularly focused on the theme of sustainability, a founding theme of the CHROMIC project’s philosophy.

Further information about the European Metallurgical Conference 2019 at the conference website

VITO’s researcher Frantisek Kukurugya will present a paper at the Physical Separation ‘19 Conference, which will take place in Falmouth, UK, from 13th to 14th June. 

The conference, organized by Minerals Engineering International (MEI)(, will bring together researchers and operators in the field of physical separation methods, which are of vital importance in the mining sector. On the second day of the event Kukurugya will present the paper titled “Up-concentration of Cr in stainless steel slag and ferrochromium slags by magnetic and gravity separation” (F. Kukurugya, P. Nielsen and L. Horckmans), which shows results obtained by VITO within Work Package 2 of the CHROMIC project.  

Further information about Physical Separation ‘19 at the conference website (


CHROMIC is going to participate in the Raw Materials Summit 2019, which will take place on 20-22 May in Berlin, Germany.

The Raw Materials Summit is the flagship event organized by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) RawMaterials (link, the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide.

The summit will bring together experts from all around the world to discuss innovation and new technologies encompassing the entire raw materials value chain. Also, topics such as strategies concerning supply and access of raw materials, European industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity will be covered in-depth, providing a wide understanding of the EU positioning concerning the energy transition and the impact this will have on raw materials supply and policies.

CHROMIC couldn’t miss the event and will contribute by bringing the broad scientific and technological expertise it has gained in the field. Liesbeth Horkmans – the CHROMIC project coordinator – was invited to give a talk about CHROMIC in the “H2020 – research along the raw materials value chain” session of the summit.

Further information about the event here (

The CHROMIC project crosses the ocean to land at PDAC 2019 ( in Toronto, Canada, from 3rd to 6th March.

The annual PDAC Convention is one of the top international events for the minerals and mining industry, attended by thousands of representatives of industries, research institutes, stakeholders and investors from all around the world.

CHROMIC – along with other Horizon 2020 Raw Materials projects – will be promoted within a dedicated EU booth. A short version of the CHROMIC project video ( will be presented.

CHROMIC’s selective metal recovery processes will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the ProcessNet Expert Groups Extraction and Phytoextracts (, which will take place in Muttenz, Switzerland, on 7th-8th February.


Organized and hosted by the University of Life Sciences, the conference focuses on new developments and applications of solvent extraction, phytoextraction, phase separation, fluid dynamics, modelling and scale-up.


On the first day of the event, Dr. Niall O’Toole, from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf – a partner of the CHROMIC project – will present a poster titled “Separation of transition metal complex anions from alkaline leachate solutions by solvent extraction”.

On 4 th October 2018, CHROMIC co-organized the first edition of the H2020 Innovation Forum in Athens, Greece. The H2020 Innovation Forum is an on- going clustering initiative, bringing together H2020 projects with policy makers, end-users, industry
representatives, investors, start-ups and SMEs.


Liesbeth Horckmans, CHROMIC coordinator, at the H2020 Innovation Forum, Athens


The kick-off event centered around the topics Zero Waste and Life Cycle Assessment, which were very well received and opened the floor for lively and fruitful discussions between stakeholders from research and business. In addition, ITRB presented an Interactive Clustering Tool as a way to find meaningful links between the projects.

The second edition of the Innovation Forum 2019 will be held in Brussels, and aims to expand the amount of projects included, increase the  number of relevant stakeholders in attendance and expand on the topics presented.

The CHROMIC project has been presented at two events that recently took place in Slovakia.

The first one was held in Horná-Lehota from 4th to 6th September, organized by Železiarne  Podbrezová Research and Development Center, an institution in the metallurgy field, specialized in steel. It was a special national conference, called for the 10th anniversary of the R&D Center, where industrial and academic partners were invited to present their latest research results. CHROMIC was there through the Institute of Recycling Technologies (IRT) of the Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling at the Technical University of Kosice (TUKE), which is a partner of the project. IRT held one whole section of the conference, part of which was dedicated to the presentation of the CHROMIC project’s goals, partners’ involvement and first experimental results.

Professor Andrea Miškufová (TUKE) speaks about these events in the Episode 4 of the CHROMIC Podcast

The second event was the 24th edition of the “TOP” international conference on techniques of environmental protection, held at Hotel Panorama in High Tatras, Štrbske Pleso, from 19th to 21st September. Organized by the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU), the conference was divided in five different panels and IRT was the organizer of an industrial waste treatment section, within the panel dealing with the topic of waste recycling. The CHROMIC project was introduced in two different presentations, the first of which focusing on explaining its aims and workplan, whereas the second one dedicated to showing the first experimental results on radiofrequency and ozone leaching obtained by IRT.

The CHROMIC project has been presented at the “Steelmaking Slags Recycling in the H2020 Project – CHROMIC” workshop held on May 17, 2018 at the Technical University of Kosice (TUK). The event was organized by the Institute of Recycling Technologies (IRT) of the Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling at the TUK, which is partner of the CHROMIC project.

The workshop is part of the dissemination activities of CHROMIC and was primarily aimed at sharing knowledge about various treatment trends among the academic and industrial professional community, as well as inform about results achieved by the project so far.

The event consisted in a series of seminars given by engineers and scientists from TUK and from  the three Slovak big players in slags production and treatment – USSteel Kosice, Zeleziarne Pobrezová and Oravske ferozliatinove zavody Široká – addressing possibilities of steelmaking slags management and processing.

The workshop resulted in a fruitful exchange of experiences in the field of industrial waste recycling and recovery of metals from slags. All the seminars are gathered as presentations in the proceedings (link) of the workshop.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 730471

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