WHO IS ARGO?
Argo is a company in a unique collaboration with the University of Leicester that combines deep academic knowledge with industry and commercial experience.
The University of Leicester team has a 20-year body of research and practical experience working with Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES).
The Argo team is commercialising DES for applications in metals recovery. Our focus is on high-yield feedstock like e-waste printed circuit boards and ore concentrates.
Argo is translating Deep Eutectic Solvent research into industry wide, applicable processing. Find out about our team.
WHAT DOES ARGO DO?
Argo is developing solutions to apply this revolutionary chemistry and strives to make a lasting change to the environmental impact of the mining, recycling and metals recovery industries.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT ARGO’S TECHNOLOGY?
Deep Eutectic Solvents are a non-aqueous (water free) anionic chemistry producing metal leaching faster than conventional methods. The process is non-energy intensive as it works at ambient temperatures and pressures. Unlike many other processes the solvent can be recycled to be used over and over again. DES can be applied to an exceptionally wide range of metals and minerals and offers novel approaches to traditional smelting and refinery techniques, producing market quality metals from a variety of feedstocks.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE ALREADY?
With 20 years of academic research and laboratory testing, University of Leicester researchers have already been able to demonstrate selective extraction and recovery of metals from a variety of minerals and e-waste feedstock. DES has already been commercially applied for niche applications in the aerospace and nutraceuticals sectors. Argo is unlocking the true value of DES as a metals recovery technology.
WHY FOCUS ON E-WASTE?
E-waste feedstock contains a much higher percentage of valuable metals than any mined feedstock. However e-waste also contains complex and toxic non-metal compounds. DES chemistry is part of a multistage process to treat Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), then dissolve and recycle multiple valuable metals.
This process will change the economics of metals recycling from e-waste.
Through a unique university collaboration,
we are initiating change