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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna 
Priya, A. and S. Hait.  
Corresponding Authors:
S. Hait.  
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Comprehensive characterization of printed circuit boards of various end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment for beneficiation investigation,  
Waste Management  
End-of-life electrical and electronic, equipment, Printed circuit board, Comprehensive characterization, Elemental content, Beneficiation 
Comprehensive characterization of printed circuit board (PCB) of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is obligatory for prospective profitable beneficiation. In this study, beneficiation ori-ented comprehensive characterization of two brands of PCBs each of 16 end-of-life EEE was conducted in terms of their physicochemical characteristics with special emphasis on the content of 16 general ele-ments, 2 precious metals and 15 rare earth elements (REEs). General elements and their highest weight percent composition found in different PCBs of the EEEs were Cu (23% in laptop), Al (6% in computer), Pb(15% in DVD player) and Ba (7% in TV). The high abundant of precious metals such as Au (316 g/ton) andAg (636 g/ton) in mobile phone and laptop, respectively coupled with rapid obsolescence age makes waste PCBs of information technology and telecommunication equipment the most potent resource reservoir. Additionally, most of the waste PCBs were observed to contain REEs in considerable quantity with Sc up to 31 g/ton and Ce up to 13 g/ton being the major constituents. Comprehensive characterization of waste PCBs therefore will systematically help towards better understanding of e-waste recycling processes for beneficiation purpose and sustainable resource circulation and conservation 
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