Liquid-Liquid Extraction: An Efficient Solution for the Recovery of Critical and Rare Earth Metals

Liquid-Liquid Extraction: An Efficient Solution for the Recovery of Critical and Rare Earth Metals

Category:Critical Metals

Poster Presentation by Donald Glatz, Extraction Manager at Koch Modular, to take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 4:00 pm EST.

Koch Modular is excited to announce that it will be exhibiting at the 2023 TechConnect World Conference & Expo at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 19-21, 2023, at booth 712. As part of the event, Donald Glatz, Koch Modular Extraction Manager, will join other industry experts for a poster session to present “Liquid-Liquid Extraction for the Efficient Recovery of Critical Metals and Rare Earth Elements” on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 4:00 pm EST in Expo Hall AB.

In our journey towards a cleaner energy future, the role of critical minerals and metals cannot be overstated. A recent release from the U.S. Department of Energy highlights that these vital resources are not only crucial for ensuring energy security but also play a pivotal role in supporting a wide range of industrial, technological, and defense applications. As the clean energy sector experiences rapid growth, securing a reliable and sustainable supply of these minerals has become more important than ever.

Recognizing the significance of this pivotal moment, Koch Modular, a trusted name in engineering expertise for over 60 years, is at the forefront of advancing the extraction of critical minerals and metals. Leveraging our patented and proven technology, we offer innovative solutions that enable the efficient extraction of these valuable resources from diverse sources, such as pregnant leach solutions derived from mining operations, electronic waste and spent battery liquid, among others.

Our SCHEIBEL® and KARR® extraction column technology revolutionizes the separation process, providing a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional mixer-settlers. By switching to extraction columns, companies benefit from a smaller footprint; reduced solvent inventory; shortened time to reach equilibrium; improved safety/emissions minimization; minimized emulsification; improved control of challenging interfaces; improved control of continuous/dispersed phases; and more.

At Koch Modular, we understand that each extraction step is unique and requires meticulous testing and optimization. That's why we provide the opportunity to test our SCHEIBEL® and KARR® columns at our Pilot Plant in Houston, Texas, or a client's facility using pilot-scale setups. This ensures that our clients can witness firsthand the efficiency and effectiveness of our technology in their specific extraction processes, paving the way for seamless integration and enhanced mineral recovery.

Donald Glatz, Koch Modular Extraction Manager, states, “We are proud to be able to showcase our expertise in this field at the TechConnect World Conference & Expo this year. Our team looks forward to connecting with attendees one-on-one and discussing how our liquid-liquid extraction technologies can help them achieve their desired outcomes in efficiently recovering critical metals and rare earth elements.”

Learn how Koch Modular's SCHEIBEL® and KARR® extraction column technology can transform your mineral extraction processes, empowering your business to thrive in an era of the clean energy transition. 

Visit Koch Modular at booth #712 to connect with our engineers during the event, or learn more about our extraction services ahead of time by visiting


Donald Glatz, Koch Modular Extraction Technology Manager

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Don Glatz is the Manager of Extraction Technology at Koch Modular. With a remarkable career spanning over 47 years, Don is an expert in evaluating, optimizing, scaling, and designing extraction processes. His profound knowledge and experience have been shared through numerous published papers and articles. Don holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, complemented by an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His invaluable contributions continue to shape the field of extraction technology.


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