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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.
Meet our researcher: Giovanna Sauve
Giovanna Sauve was born in Rome, Italy, in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
Enhanced landfill mining featured in UK press
In a short article journalist Josh Loeb of the award-winning ‘Engineering & Technology’ monthly magazine analyzes how innovative technologies can help retrieving materials buried deep in waste sites.
Early bird registration deadline ELFM IV: 1-12-17
In the 4th ELFM Symposium (February 5 & 6, 2018, Mechelen) the future of Enhanced Landfill Mining will be discussed. The organisers have just published the completed programme. The early bird registration deadline is December 1, 2017.
Meet our researcher: Dr. Nerea Rodriguez
Dr. Nerea Rodriguez is one of the latest researchers hired by the SIM² KU Leuven cluster. In the interview below you can get to know more about this Spanish postdoctoral researcher with a background in Deep Eutectic Solvents.
Meet our SIM² researcher: Nand Peeters
Nand Peeters is a new researcher in the SIM² KU Leuven cluster. In the interview below you can get to know more about this Belgian researcher with a background in solvent extraction.
Meet our SIM² researcher: R. Macchieraldo
Roberto Macchieraldo is performing a secondment in the SIM² KU Leuven cluster (through the ETN SOCRATES project). In the interview below you can get to know more about this Italian researcher with a background in chemistry.

Meet our researcher: Giovanna Sauve

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Giovanna Sauve was born in Rome, Italy, in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Enhanced landfill mining featured in UK press

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

In a short article journalist Josh Loeb of the award-winning ‘Engineering & Technology’ monthly magazine analyzes how innovative technologies can help retrieving materials buried deep in waste sites.

Meet our researcher: Thupten Palden

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Thupten Palden is a 28 years old young scientist from Tibet. He did his schoolings in India before coming to Europe to pursue higher education. He obtained his BSc in chemistry from 2009 to 2012 at Jacobs University in Bremen, DE

Early bird registration deadline ELFM IV: 1-12-17

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

In the 4th ELFM Symposium (February 5 & 6, 2018, Mechelen) the future of Enhanced Landfill Mining will be discussed. The organisers have just published the completed programme. The early bird registration deadline is December 1, 2017.

G. Bailey & 7th Trilateral Critical Materials

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Gwendolyn Bailey, a KU Leuven researcher in the EU H2020 DEMETER project, presented her work at the high-level 7th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials (October 12, 2017) in Pittsburgh, USA.

Symposium on Social License to Operate (21-2-18)

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth - Stories from Below”, a unique symposium on the Social License to Operate with respect to the mining and recycling of critical metals is taking place on February 21, 2018 (Leuven).

SIM² KU Leuven and the “Leuven Hundreds”

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

On October 16, 2017, The Word Magazine launched the “Leuven Hundreds”: 100 local people who contribute towards making the city what it is today. SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to see that its coordinator is one of them.

DEMETER video wins prize during EC JRC conference

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

During the annual JRC EU4Facts conference in Brussels, the EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER video was awarded as a showcase example on how science can contribute to evidence based policy making.

ELFM IV Symposium programme & registration

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. This week the full Symposium programme was released. Early bird registration is now possible.

EC publishes new list of Critical Raw Materials

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

On September 13, 2017, the EC finally published its updated list of Critical Raw Materials. SIM² KU Leuven will continue to provide recovery/recycling technology for the following CRMs: Sb, Co, Ga, Ge, In, PGMs, REEs and Sc.