The PhD will take place in the interdisciplinary RECALL (Sustainable RECovery
of vALuable metaLs in bauxite residue project), a program funded by the ANR
(Agence Nationale de la Recherche) which brings together several academic
and non-academic partners: CEREGE, AMSE, ICSM, HYMAG'IN and ALTEO. The aim of
the RECALL project is to selectively recover critical metals and to valorize
the iron in bauxite residues with the overall goal of reducing the pressure on
natural mineral resources. A shortage of these materials could be a potential
bottleneck to the deployment of a number of strategic technologies including
electronic and renewable energies that contain a large number of critical
metals including Rare Earth Elements (REEs).
To reduce the environmental footprint of the extractions, this
interdisciplinary project will develop two sustainable processes as an
alternative to traditional pyro- and hydrometallurgy processes and will value
the economic impact of this technological change in terms of social welfare in
which potential environmental and health impacts will be considered.
The PhD student will work in interaction with (and benefit from) another PhD
fellow (AMIDEX - Aix-Marseille University foundation) started in June 2020
and working on the extraction of critical metals from bauxite residue at
First, social well-being will be considered, that includes the externalities
associated with the process (e.g. environmental and health impacts) and
other sources of economic inefficiency (e.g. technological and economic
uncertainties) that have an impact on welfare at the aggregate level. The PhD
student will have to identify and model social welfare variations using new
processes compared to traditional ones.
Second, analysis of the economic conditions that will favor the adoption of
the new technologies through a prospective analysis will be developed.
o Third, because in the case of critical metals, the development of the
proposed technologies will probably have a significant impact on relative
prices, the impacts on the social welfare of different types of risks and
uncertainties related to technological, economic, and environmental changes
must be explored. To this end, a socioeconomic assessment method based on
technology readiness assessment (TRA) using the Technology Readiness Levels
(TRL) will be developed.
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