Bauxite residue - the by-product from the extraction of aluminium from bauxite ore - has the consistency of thick, red mud. Disposing of this waste poses a serious problem for industry, as does the risk of spills. But red mud can also be a source of critical metals. The REDMUD project intends to turn residues into low-carbon building materials - and to train researchers along the way.
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The training network is targeting the vast streams of new and stockpiled bauxite residue around the EU. It may not be hazardous, but red mud is not pleasant. A spill can lead to serious burns. Shrinking the stockpiles is in everyones interests, but to do this, and to create a zero-waste bauxite residue industry, Europe urgently requires skilled scientists and engineers.
The REDMUD project will contribute 15, who are currently receiving training on the valorisation of bauxite residue, and in particular on the recovery of iron, left-over aluminium, titanium and rare earths, and turning them into building materials. The training is delivered through a cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary network of leading EU institutes and experts.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network also organises summer schools, bringing together experts and young researchers for lectures and international networking.
EU MSCA ETN H2020 REDMUD Project from Redmud on Vimeo.