Team of ScaVanger

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece

The National Technical University of Athens, Greece is the oldest and most prestigious technical educational institution in Greece. Over the last 30 years NTUA is actively participating in many national and international research and development projects. Today, NTUA has more than 7000 students, employs 700 persons as academic staff and more than 2500 researchers. Based on Euro Research Ranking Data, NTUA reached 10th place in 2010 between educational organizations and 3rd position on Networking Rank (Reputation). Last year only, was coordinating or participating in 67 European projects and the last decade was funded from European Commission 400 Μ€. NTUA is a Partner in EIT Raw Materials.

The School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering has experienced significant progress in the last 30 years in terms of research and development projects in various fields, like extractive metallurgical process development, rehabilitation of sites polluted from mining and metallurgical industries, thermodynamic studies of metallurgical systems, mathematical modelling, simulation of metallurgical and environmental protection processes, synthesis of inorganic polymeric materials from mining and metallurgical wastes, networking in the areas of mining, ornamental stones and processing. All these activities have led to the gain of considerable expertise and international reputation

NTUA LabMet has significant expertise in the processing of industrial by-products with acidic solutions and ionic liquids to extract Sc and other REEs..

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece

Participation in the ScaVanger Project

In ScaVanger the TeSMet Group of NTUA aims to develop innovative methods for extracting Scandium  from liquid by-products of TiO2 industry.

Scandium concentrates will be produced via the Ion Exchange technique with the use of selective functionalized resins. For this purpose, different resins will be tested for their potential use in various streams of ScaVanger flow sheet.

The main goal of this work is to provide a holistic metallurgical process for extracting Sc , in cooperation with MEAB, that be applied in scaled-up applications.


ScaVanger project team

PhD Student, Junior Researcher

Senior Researcher

Group Leader

Group Financial Manager


  • Mikeli, E.; Balomenos, E.; Panias, D. (2021) Utilizing Recyclable Task-Specific Ionic Liquid for Selective Leaching and Refining of Scandium from Bauxite Residue. Molecules 2021, 26, 818.
  • C. Bonomi, A. Alexandri, J. Vind, A. Panagiotopoulou, P. Tsakiridis, D. Panias, “Scandium and Titanium Recovery from Bauxite Residue by Direct Leaching with a Brønsted Acidic Ionic Liquid”, Metals, 2018, 8, 834 (doi:10.3390/met8100834)
  • Davris P.; Balomenos E.; Panias D.; Paspaliaris I. (2016) Selective leaching of rare earth elements from bauxite residue (red mud), using a functionalized hydrophobic ionic liquid”. Hydrometallurgy 2016, 164, 125–135.