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Canada-based startup pH7 Technologies has developed a new chemical process solution that can extract precious and critical metals, mainly platinum-group metals (PGM) from both primary and secondary sources. By utilizing an emerging branch of close-loop metallurgy called SolvoMetallurgy, pH7 provides an environmentally sustainable alternative to smelters and acid-based extraction methods.

In an interview with DIGITIMES Asia, pH7 founder and CEO Mohammad Doostmohamadi stated that the company has already built a commercially available recycling platform for spent catalysts. Their next step is to not only scale up their daily capacity but also build a pilot plant for e-waste metal extraction by 2024.