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Separation chemistry: a step toward greener metal recycling processes

Chemists working together at ICSM as part of a French-German collaborative project, together with the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Universität Regensburg (Germany), have successfully explained how extractant molecules behave, as used in metal recycling and decontamination.

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The Institute for Separation Chemistry in Marcoule (ICSM)

Created in January 2007, the Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule (ICSM) is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 5257) between the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the University of Montpellier (UM) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM). ICSM is composed of 8 research teams or laboratories working in close collaboration.

Separation chemistry, a branch of physical chemistry, is a key part of the "green chemistry". The science required is the emerging "Nanoscience" as defined by Bernard Bigot (Haut-Commissaire à l’Energie Atomique at the launching of the ICSM as a project in July 2004). The last scientific report 2017-20 (click here to read it) gives an overview of the recent work published. The 8 active research teams still work in the direction of the scientific open questions as defined and published by the French Academy in 2007.