In the manufacture of products and intermediates in the chemical, petrochemical and flavours and fragrance sectors, large volumes of precious metal catalysts are used. These often form waste streams which are both difficult and valuable.
Tailor made service
Mastermelt has the knowledge and experience to provide tailored reclamation and recycling services that optimises precious metal recoveries from waste, returning significant value and supporting customers with their environmental and social governance (ESG) commitments. Our services are suitable for the treatment of small scale (R&D and pilot) through to multi-tonnage production campaigns.
Sustainable metal recycling for the chemical industry
Mastermelt partner with various companies in many chemical sectors to provide a sustainable recycling and metal loop reclamation service that optimises metal recovery, enables the reuse of valuable metals, and improves cash flow.
How can metal be recovered from chemical waste streams?
Controlled thermal pre-treatment is the most effective way to recover precious metals from heterogeneous catalyst waste. The use of homogeneous catalysts in some industries, such as flavours and fragrances, has led Mastermelt to develop innovative solutions including distillation and metal scavenger recovery systems to capture precious metals.
What materials from the chemical industry can be recycled?
Palladium and Rhodium are key precious metals used in the chemical industry, which are found in numerous waste streams from chemical processing:
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PGM’s on Carbon, Alumina, Silica, Celite
What is the process for reclaiming metal from chemical industries?
No two waste streams are alike; we evaluate each material type on a case-by-case basis to establish the most effective processing route to maximise precious metal recoveries. We have a particular interest in recycling metal from difficult materials and utilise the capabilities of our state-of the-art instrumentation and specialists in precious metal chemistry and recovery.
The process for reclaiming metals from chemical manufacturing comprises:
Once we understand your process, we will conduct analysis on a small sample of waste to perform matrix evaluation and thermogravimetric properties of the material.
The Circular Economy of Catalyst Processing
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