ReCoVR – Recovery and Circularity of Valuable Resources

  • Status
  • Start date
    January 5, 2021
  • Runtime
    72 months
  • Contact
    Nathan Bowden

Design novel functional materials and technologies to selectively recover high-value molecules. These key electrified separation technologies are applicable to many industrial processes and improve the circularity.

Incentive for circularity

Resources and raw materials will become increasingly sparse due to the growing world population. Therefore, we need to transition to a circular economy in which all resources are reusable by 2050. Development of novel sustainable technologies that can recover valuable resources from residue streams is essential to enabling this transition.

Design, development and employment

ReCoVR will design and develop novel functional materials and technologies to selectively recover high-value molecules. We will employ these materials and technologies in the design of state-of-the-art precision separation processes based on ab- and adsorbers, membranes and affinity fluid separation technologies.


These technologies will be key in making numerous industrial processes more efficient, sustainable and circular. In this way, the Netherlands will be leading in the worldwide transition to a circular society.

Dynamic team

Experts from universities collaborate with process demonstrators and SMEs that will translate the separation technologies to the needs of end-users from the chemical and food industry. Furthermore, the team is complemented by government representatives and network organizations that will ensure outreach, knowledge transfer and implementation beyond the users involved directly. With this unique team, ReCoVR will make multiple production processes more sustainable and circularity, thereby, empower the transition to a sustainable, circular society.

Grant provider

This work is part of the research programme NWO Perspective and is partly financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Sustainable development goals

This project contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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