SIM² KU Leuven has extremely well-equipped laboratories for performing work in pyro-, hydro-, electro-, solvo- and ionometallurgy:

  • A wide variety of furnaces for pyro- and electrometallurgical experiments;
  • Various equipments for synthesis/characterisation of molecular organic and inorganic compounds;
  • Lab scale and mini pilot scale equipment for solvent extraction;
  • Various analytical techniques e.g. FEG-EPMA-WDS, ICP-MS, CS-AAS, XRF;
  • Equipment for process intensification (Autoclave (Büchi Ecoclave) equipped with ultrasound probe; Multiple ultrasound devices, Malvern Mastersizer LDA);
Likewise, state-of-the-art possibilities are present for the development of engineered materials out of cleaned residues:

  • A fully equipped lab for the synthesis and characterisation of building materials (e.g. Vicat, isothermal conduction calorimetry, a range of rheometry set, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Nanotom Phoenix (submicron resolution), Nikon X, Skyscan 1172 micro CT (micron resolution), mercury intrusion porosimetry etc.),