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SIM² Welcome
SIM² KU Leuven (Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management) is an interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven, which addresses the European and global demand for more cleantech innovation and research on resource recovery and recycling.
Milestone PhD on policy aspects of Landfill Mining
Nils Johansson (Linköping University) recently published his milestone PhD text on the institutional challenges for ELFM, based on a multitude of interviews with all relevant stakeholders. A must read for ELFM professionals.
SIM² REE-recycling review most cited JCLEPRO pape
The milestone Rare-earth recycling review paper - K. Binnemans et al., Recycling of rare earths: A critical review, J. Clean. Prod. 51 (2013) 1-22 - is the most cited paper in Journal of Cleaner Production published since 2012
New non-aqueous SX system for rare-earth separatio
Prof. Koen Binnemans and co-workers (SIM² KU Leuven) have developed a novel non-aqueous solvent extraction system for separation of rare earths.
New process to concentrate Sc in red mud leachates
Researchers at KU Leuven developed a process to obtain leachates from bauxite residue (red mud) with a much higher concentration of scandium than can be achieved via conventional leaching with acids.
New Flemish policy research centre Circular Econom
The Flemish Government recently approved the set up of a new policy research centre “Sustainable Materials Management in a Circular Economy (CE)” in the framework of Flanders' CE ambitions.
KU Leuven Metaforum position paper Circular Econom
The KU Leuven Metaforum working group on Circular Economy (CE) presented and published its position paper in December 2016.

Milestone PhD on policy aspects of Landfill Mining

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Nils Johansson (Linköping University) recently published his milestone PhD text on the institutional challenges for ELFM, based on a multitude of interviews with all relevant stakeholders. A must read for ELFM professionals.

China to become net importer of some rare earths

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

As China’s insatiable demand for REEs continues to grow over the coming ten years, China’s domestic production will struggle to keep up in all scenarios examined herein, leading the nation to become a net importer of some REEs.

New non-aqueous SX system for rare-earth separation

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Prof. Koen Binnemans and co-workers (SIM² KU Leuven) have developed a novel non-aqueous solvent extraction system for separation of rare earths.

New process to concentrate Sc in red mud leachates

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers at KU Leuven developed a process to obtain leachates from bauxite residue (red mud) with a much higher concentration of scandium than can be achieved via conventional leaching with acids.

SIM² REE-recycling review most cited JCLEPRO paper

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The milestone Rare-earth recycling review paper - K. Binnemans et al., Recycling of rare earths: A critical review, J. Clean. Prod. 51 (2013) 1-22 - is the most cited paper in Journal of Cleaner Production published since 2012

New Flemish policy research centre Circular Economy

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The Flemish Government recently approved the set up of a new policy research centre “Sustainable Materials Management in a Circular Economy (CE)” in the framework of Flanders' CE ambitions.

KU Leuven Metaforum position paper Circular Economy

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The KU Leuven Metaforum working group on Circular Economy (CE) presented and published its position paper in December 2016.

Transforming plasmarock from ELFM into geopolymers

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is happy to share its new Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy paper on how plasmarock from Enhanced Landfill Mining can be upcycled into low-carbon geopolymer binders

Carbonation of stainless steel slag paper in top 5

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven’s paper on carbonation of stainless slag is one of the 5 most highly cited papers published in International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

DEMETER video as Best Practice (Brussels, Dec’ 16)

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

During the yearly Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 ITN coordinators information day organised by the EC in Brussels (12-12-2016), the promotional video of ETN DEMETER (launched September 2016) was presented as a Best Practice.