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Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen, mineral processing engineer

EIT Awards Prize Ceremony

Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen is a mineral processing engineer who obtained her degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie (ENSG) in France. She completed EMerald Erasmus Mundus Master from EIT Raw Materials program, specializing in georesources engineering. Initially working with primary resources, she shifted her focus in 2018 to secondary materials, concentrating on lithium-ion battery recycling. This led to the creation of her own research project, primarily aimed at graphite recovery. Driven by her passion and commitment to this field, she pursued a Ph.D. at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg and Aalto University, where she successfully defended her dissertation with distinctions in 2022.  Her innovative method on graphite recycling from used lithium-ion batteries earned her the EIT Change Award 2022.She collaborates with the industry to implement this process commercially. Currently, Dr. Vanderbruggen is a postdoctoral researcher at the GeoRessources laboratory at the University of Lorraine in France. She continues her work in battery recycling and teaches mineral processing and recycling at the university and in engineering schools.