Projects

MTG Research Ltd is currently involved in a number of UK and European collaborative multi-partner research and development projects.  Examples of these are as follows;


Current Projects
 MACFEST:  SYMETA:
Manufacturing Advanced Coatings for Future Electronic Systems  Synthesizing 3D METAmaterials
 WWW.macfest-project.co.uk  http://www.symeta.co.uk
An Innovate UK co-funded project for the deposition of nickel, palladium, and gold by ionic liquids. This project will replace the need for hazardous chemicals, reduce resource and energy consumption, and eliminate common problems such as black pad. The SYMETA is an EPSRC funded project, awarded £3.9 million to develop revolutionary electronic communications circuitry. The research programme will focus on SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications.
 This project is co-funded by Innovate UK, project #: 102020

 This project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  Ref: EP/N010493/1
PLATIRUS:  PESURB:
PLATInum group metals recovery using Secondary raw materials Portable Solar Powered Electricity Supplies Using Recovered Batteries

www.platirus.eu
www.pesurb.co.uk
 The PLATIRUS project aims at reducing the European deficit of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), and rhodium (Rh), all belonging to the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), by up-scaling to industrial relevant levels a cost-efficient and miniaturised PGMs recovery and raw material production process.  An Innovate UK co-funded project looking into the possibility of recycling batteries, and using them to store energy in portable rechargeable units, designed for off-grid applications.
"This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 730224" This project is co-funded by Innovate UK, project #: 429387
 Past Projects
 CoLaBATS:  RECONIF:
 Cobalt and Lanthanide Recovery from Batteries  
 www.colabats.eu  www.reconif.co.uk
 Development of advanced ionic liquids to recover cobalt, lanthanides, and other key economic metals from waste batteries, whilst significantly improving recycling efficiencies. Project newsletters can be viewed here.  Nickel recovery from filter cake with the aid of ionic liquids. This project successfully produced high grade Ni from filter cake and safe recovery of environmental contaminants
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 603482.
This project was co-funded by The Technology Strategy Board.
 KTP:  MESMPROC:
 Knowledge Transfer Partnership  Maskless Electrochemical Surface MOdification PROCess
   www.mesmoproc.eu
This project is to encourage and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from a University in to industry. The KTP is in operation between University of Leicester and MTG Research. Aims of the project are to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the detection of metals in ionic liquids (IL) and deep eutectic solvents (DES). Objectives of the project are to generate applications for IL and DES in industry waste streams and to provide operational tools to assist with their use. Additionally the project aims to look at the presence of metal speciation in ILs and DES.  An EC supported Eco-Innovation project to implement a novel, low cost, resource efficient and sustainable process combining electrochemistry and ultrasound to enable selective metallisation of microscale devices, components and printed circuit boards (PCBs) without photolithography.
   This project was co-funded by the Eco-Innovation Initiative of the European Union. Project #:627444
 Fuel Cell Recycling:  STOWURC:
 Treatment of end-of-life hydrogen fuel cells: Roadmap Sustainable Treatment of Waste Using Recycled Chitosans
   www.stowurc.co.uk
An Innovate UK co-funded project for achieving a circular economy for vehicle hydrogen fuel cells, through design, re-manufacturing reuse and recycling.  An Innovate UK supported project developing sustainable materials and processes that use waste products from the seafood industry to treat effluent and recover metals from the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. Project Newsletters can be viewed here.
 This project is co-funded by Innovate UK, project #: 101896

 This project was co-funded by Innovate UK: 101692
 Susonence:  POLYSOLVE:
 www.susonence.eu  http://www.bpf.co.uk/innovation/PolySolve_progress.aspx
 An EC supported project developing advanced sonochemical processes to reduce chemical usage and decrease waste in the PCB and metal finishing industries.  An EC supported project to develop sustainable processes for recycling polycarbonate and expanded polystyrene. 

With the use of ionic liquids waste CDs and fish boxes were successfully recycled to a high purity grade. 

The project has recently been featured in Horizon 2020 news: 
How Chewing Gum Solvent can Help Recycle Polystyrene Boxes
 This project was co-funded by the Eco-Innovation Initiative of the European Union This project was co-funded by the Research for SME Innovation Division of the European Union. Project #:283707
 ASPIS:  
 http://www.eipc.org/aspis-pcb-2/  
 The key objectives of the ASPIS project are to develop and implement solutions to ‘black pad’, a major reliability problem of significant importance to the European PCB manufacturing industry and its customers and to thereby improve the European industry’s international competitiveness  
 EC supported Framework 7 project.It is a ‘Research for SME Associations’