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Inaugural lecture Prof. Y. Pontikes (SIM² KU Leuven)

February 17th, 2017|

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes, Research Line Leader in SIM² KU Leuven, will provide his long-awaited inaugural lecture on March 9, 2017, 16.30h (MTM 00.39, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, Heverlee). We invite our stakeholders to participate.

DEMETER Summer School – Registration open

June 3rd, 2016|

On 24-26 August 2016 a unique Summer School will take place in Leuven, Belgium. The aim of this Summer School is to bring PhD students and postdocs together to learn and discuss about the “Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles“. Registration is now open and

SIM² KU Leuven launches Ray Cokes animation film on red mud valorisation

June 3rd, 2016|

SIM2 KU Leuven is proud to announce that its animation film on red mud (bauxite residue) valorisation, featuring former MTV Star Ray Cokes, is now available on-line. The film shows how the red mud problem can be turned into a resource opportunity using smart science and technology.

SIM² KU Leuven wins three new EU ETN projects

June 2nd, 2016|

As the coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project, KU Leuven is very happy to announce that this project obtained a record breaking score of 97,6% and has been formally granted by the European Commission. The approval of NEW-MINE (“EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining”) represents a major breakthrough

Prof. Koen Binnemans wins Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET

June 2nd, 2016|

On the 16th of March 2016 the European Research Council (ERC) formally approved the Advanced Grant proposal of Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM² KU Leuven & RARE³ KU Leuven). SOLCRIMET’s aim is to successfully apply a ground-breaking metallurgical approach – solvometallurgy – to the extraction of specific critical metals, i.e. rare earths, tantalum, niobium, cobalt, indium,

Prof. Koen Binnemans has been elected as a member of KVAB

June 2nd, 2016|

Prof. Koen Binnemans, the coordinator of RARE3, has been elected as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). The KVAB is the Academy of Flanders, a learned society founded in 1772.

From urban to landfill mines

May 10th, 2016|

In view of a more sustainable urban metabolism Dr. Peter Tom Jones (KU Leuven) calls for Enhanced Landfill Mining to unlock the resource potential in Europe’s 150,000 to 500,000 landfills. Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM), defined as “the integrated valorisation of landfilled waste streams as materials and energy (carriers), using innovative transformation and upcycling technologies and


May 10th, 2016|

Pyro-, hydro-, solvo- and electrometallurgical unit processes are developed and integrated into zero- waste flow sheets for the production and recovery of base metals such as iron and steel, copper, zinc, nickel and lead.  Both experimental and modelling methodologies are developed and used.  The experimental work covers the full range from lab scale to industrial


May 10th, 2016|

Innovative, efficient - cleantech - processes are developed for the recovery of rare-earth elements (REEs) and other critical metals (PGMs, Ge, In, Sb, Ga, Co, Ta) from end-of-life consumer goods, industrial process residues and low-grade ores. A combined use is made of pyro-, hydro-, solvo-, iono-, and electrometallurgical methods. The recovery of the critical metals


May 10th, 2016|

Upcycling of Low-grade Materials Raw materials and residues are upcycled through innovative processes leading to new applications. The developed processes and materials demonstrate a sustainability advantage over existing ones and are industrially realistic. In terms of raw materials, attention is placed on clays, sludges, ashes, residues and tailings, whereas, as processes, alkali activation,