Progress towards a process for the recycling of nickel metal hydride electric cells using a deep eutectic solvent
Journal article, 2016

Solvent extraction experiments relating to the recycling of the transition metals and lanthanides in nickel metal hydride cells are presented. The metal extraction is occurring from a deep eutectic solvent which is formed from chemicals suitable for use in food and related products. While it has been shown that the water content of the DES has a large effect on the extraction of transition metals by a mixture of chloride ionic liquid (Aliquat 336) and an aromatic solvent, the water content has a smaller effect on the solvent extraction of lanthanides with a solution of di(2-ethylhexyl) hydrogen phosphate (DEHPA) in a saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon. This study suggests that an industrial scale solvent extraction process for the recycling of metals from nickel hydride electrical cells will be feasible.

solvent extraction

deep eutectic solvents



di(2-ethylhexyl) hydrogen phosphate (DEHPA)


Aliquat 336


ionic liquids


Mark Foreman

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material, Nuclear Chemistry

Cogent Chemistry

2331-2009 (ISSN)

Vol. 2 1

Cobalt and lanthanide recovery from batteries (COLABATS)

European Commission (FP7), 2013-10-01 -- 2016-09-30.

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Inorganic Chemistry

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Materials Science



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