My name is Martin Straka and I´m head of the „New Technologies“ research group within the Fuel Cycle Chemistry and Waste Management Division at UJV Rez (formerly Nuclear Research Institute) in the Czech Republic. Main area of our group´s activities is study of metal elements separation from room temperature ionic liquids with focus on CRM, especially REEs and other elements impossible to electrochemically separate from ordinary aqueous solutions. Our studies are being conducted in cooperation with both the academia and private sector and we are already applying our know-how to several types of initial material/matrix including e-waste, Li batteries or geological material. In all cases, we are interested in possibilities of using particular waste-streams as a source of CRMs within the context of circular economy and/or securing the supply of strategically important metals.
We have rich experience with cooperation on R+D projects on both national and international level (including FP7 and Horizon projects) and we would be delighted to cooperate also on projects within the ERA-MIN programme or any other suitable platform. If our field of expertise can be useful for your projects and ideas, we can have more detailed chat and exchange of information.
We have wide experimental infrastructure available, complete analytical support, we are able to work even with radioactive samples if needed etc.
UJV Rez (Nuclear Research Institute, www.ujv.cz ) is plc company owned mainly by Czech Electrical Company (state-owned owner and operator of both Czech NPPs as well as many other parts of energy supply chain, from traditional to renewable sources. To some extent, we provide R&D and engineering services to our mother company, but we also participate on both national and international R&D projects in various fields.
UJV Rez owns two research reactors, we have about 1,000 employees and our activities cover wide range from material research, mathematical modelling, development and production of radiopharmaceuticals, chemistry and many more to the development of our own small modular reactor concept.