Total Recovery of All Platinum group metals (TRAP)



Platinum group metals (PGMs) are widely used as catalysts in the production of chemicals that enhance quality of life: pharmaceutical & cosmetic products, coatings, energy-efficient lubricants, adhesives, food cling wraps and phthalate-free plasticisers, to name just a few examples. However, the UK has no viable reserves of PGMS, so it is critical that we recover the metals both for their value (for example, rhodium, Rh, to be recovered in this project, sells for >$1100 per troy ounce!) and to ensure materials security. Total Recovery of All Platinum group metals (TRAP) is a project focussed on developing a technology package integrating both new materials and low-energy engineering processes using membranes to capture Rh from waste streams in production of large volume chemicals. To achieve this, a UK SME with expertise in metals capture, Phosphonics, will work with academic partners at the University of Bath and a large waste management company, Veolia. Recovery of metals like Rh will recover value from waste, enhance the UK's movement towards the circular economy and ensure that we can continue to manufacture the products that we need, while reducing global C-footprint.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

PHOSPHONICS LIMITED £355,514 £ 213,308


UNIVERSITY OF BATH £184,855 £ 184,855
INNOVATE UK £48,287 £ 24,079


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