Now, a Process to Recover Gold from E-Waste

May 21, 2014

recycling-gold.jpgScientists at the National Metallurgical Laboratory, a CSIR lab in Jamshedpur, have successfully developed the process of extracting gold from electronic waste like used mobile phones, medical equipment and telecommunication devices to protect environment and conserve the natural resources and energy.

Precious metals are used widely in electronic appliances such as in printed circuit boards (PCBs) of mobile phones, motherboard of computers and connectors.

Scientists feel that in order to meet the increasing demands and conserve resources, it is necessary to recycle and develop e-waste as an alternate source of these metals.

"We have various collaborations with national and international research institutes and companies for development of processes for recovery of various metals from e-waste. We started working on this gold recovery process development nearly two years back. Now we have even transferred the technological know-how to M/s ADV co. New Delhi and they have been working on it successfully," Dr Manis Kumar Jha, the lead scientist of the team told HT.

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Source: Hindustan Times

By Vanita Srivastava