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Synthesis and characterization of copper nanoparticles from leaching of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Grant number: 18/07461-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2019 - January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Extractive Metallurgy
Principal Investigator:Viviane Tavares de Moraes
Grantee:Viviane Tavares de Moraes
Home Institution: Escola de Engenharia Mauá (EEM). Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia. São Caetano do Sul , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Guilherme Wolf Lebrão ; Jorge Alberto Soares Tenório ; Susana Marraccini Giampietri Lebrão
Associated scholarship(s):19/03096-5 - Synthesis and characterization of copper nanoparticles from leaching waste of electrical and electronic equipment, BP.TT


The technological advance and the factors that are leading the 4th Industrial Revolution have driven the research in the area of nanomaterials. The nanomaterials can be obtained from several processes, but a way of obtaining that deserves to be highlighted by the environmental appeal of meeting the principles of circular economy and solve problems of reverse logistics is its derivation from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). WEEE are repositories of various metals that can be recovered in the form of nanoparticles, especially copper. The project intends to establish a route to obtain copper nanoparticles from WEEE, involving sustainable hydrometallurgical routes. The proposed methodology involves the preparation of solution from selective leaching and copper purification from WEEE. In the sequence will be developed a hydrometallurgical route for the synthesis of copper nanoparticles, through a chemical reduction process. During the whole project characterization tests will be performed for monitoring, such as chemical analysis with the voltammetric analyzer, oxy-reduction potential, scanning electron microscopy. The expected results are the synthesis of copper nanoparticles, adding value to the WEEE; establish a sustainable route to obtain metals nanoparticles for later application in other technological wastes. (AU)