Dr. Norman Kelly
Metallurgy and Recycling Department

Phone: +49 351 260 - 4740




Securing the supply of chromium, vanadium, molybdenum and niobium is of strategic importance for the European industry. These metals are fundamental for the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and the innovation potential of high-tech sectors. Yet Europe remains highly dependent on the import for these metals, leading to an insecure supply. At the same time, a wealth of such metals is entrapped in industrial wastes or used in applications where their intrinsic value is not fully utilized.

By smart combinations of existing and new methods, CHROMIC will develop new chmical and physical processes to recover chromium, vanadium, molybdenum and niobium from slags. The new processes will be tested and validated to extract valuable and critical metals in the most sustainable way: economically, environmentally and socially. 

The processes will be developed for two models streams (stainless steel slags and ferrochrome slags) with the potential for replication to other industrial value chains across Europe. The goal is to create a “circular economy” for these metals, one where all resources are kept at the highest possible level of functionality and value at all times. 

By introducing new ways to recover (by-product) metals, the project will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from metal production as well as the environmental impact of industrial waste; it will benefit the European industry, turning what is now considered waste into products with a market value; it will contribute to reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign sources of metals. Throughout the project, CHROMIC partners will work to involve society in the development of these new technologies, in order to pave the way towards implementation.

Project title: effiCient mineral processing and Hydrometallurgical RecOvery of byproduct Metals from low-grade metal contaIning seCondary raw materials (CHROMIC)

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Duration: 01.11.2016 - 31.10.2020

Grant: 4.870.000 €

Grant agreement n°: 730471

Funding measure: Horizon 2020


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