Editorial Board from a prominent journal Green Chemistry and has selected a paper by XU, Xuan, ŠTURM, Sašo, SAMARDŽIJA, Zoran, ŠČANČAR, Janez, MARKOVIĆ, Katarina, ŽUŽEK ROŽMAN, Kristina, all from Jozef Stefan Institute entitled »A facile method for the simultaneous recovery of the rare-earth elements and transition metals from Nd-Fe-B magnets, DOI: 10.1039/C9GC03325D« as a 2020 HOT Green Chemistry article. The collection is assessable here.
The paper is a result of ITN-MSCA project DEMETER, Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare‐Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators and Full Hybrid and Electric Vehicles [2015-2019] for which funding is gratefully acknowledged.
The paper by, Xuan Xu proposes new findings and concepts about recycling of Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets, which are considered as the most valuable secondary recourse for rare – earths, that represent a novelty in the field of recourse efficiency and critical raw materials conservations. The paper has set new directions in the development of novel electrochemical recycling routes for permanent magnets based on Nd-Fe-B both from the point of view of economy and ecology. The proposed process enables a simultaneous selective recovery of the rare-earths and transition metals with a large reduction in the energy consumption and the environmental burdens, as it works in a closed loop with literally no waste.