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Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
Faculty / Institution:
Georesources and Materials Engineering
Project duration:
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2018
EU contribution:
169.050 euros


Network on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatment


PyroFlex unites partners with strong expertise, unique equipment and infrastructure in high-temperature extractive metallurgy that can deal with complex low-grade residues, allowing the recovery/removal of valuable elements present in low concentrations, as well as to produce a clean slag by hot stage engineering and controlled solidification for subsequent valorisation. PyroFlex has an overall aim to stimulate cooperation and development in pyrometallurgical processes and to decrease the barriers to pursue innovation in high-temperature residue treatment. The network provides easier access to a broad range of pyrometallurgical and related infrastructure (for partners in the network), which are typically expensive and requires specific expertise to be properly operated, and offers comprehensive services to outside clients.


  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Coordinator)
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Outotec Oyj, Finland
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • InsPyro N.V., Belgium
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Umicore, Belgium
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