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Thomas E. Graedel and Ester van der Voet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013581

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013581.001.0001

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Complex Life Cycles of Precious and Special Metals

Complex Life Cycles of Precious and Special Metals

(p.163) (p.164) 10 Complex Life Cycles of Precious and Special Metals
Linkages of Sustainability

Christian Hagelüken

Christina E. M. Meskers

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the production, supply and recycling of precious and special metals. It explores the optimization of life cycles of these metals, highlighting their broad range of applications. First, it discusses the manufacture of minor metals, including the ways to optimize the yield of minor metals to improve resource efficiency and sustainability. It then turns to the role of effective recycling on metal/product life cycles. The societal, legislative, and structural factors that play a role in the life cycle of precious and special metals are also examined.

Keywords:   metals, precious metals, special metals, minor metals, sustainability, recycling, life cycles

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