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Mining rare earth elements from recycled LEDs

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A method to mechanically separate LEDs could expedite processes to recycle them. The technique was developed by researchers in Germany at the Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS, which is under the mantle of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, based in Würzburg. “Right now recyclers are starting to receive LED products, but currently they are often simply stored as there is no suitable recycling process available yet,” said researcher Jörg Zimmermann. “The main goal is to recover the valuable...Read full article

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