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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.
ELFM IV Symposium programme & registration
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.
In memoriam Prof. Risto Harjula (Helsinki U.)
SIM² KU Leuven & EREAN/REDMUD are deeply saddened to hear the news that our wonderful colleague, Prof. Risto Harjula (U. Helsinki), has passed away on September 11, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Risto’s family.
SOLVOMET, a new Industrial Service Centre
SIM² KU Leuven has just launched “SOLVOMET”, an Industrial Service Centre whose mission is to support its industrial partners in the development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals.
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REDMUD
Applications are invited for the one PhD position funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie “REDMUD – European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue” within the H2020 Programme of the European Commission

SIM² KU Leuven goes for zero-waste urban and landfill mining

SIM² KU Leuven targets zero-waste valorisation of urban and industrial waste. Key focus areas are (1) the direct (preconsumer) recycling of metal scrap and swarf generated during the production of metal based (intermediate) products and (2) the (postconsumer) recycling and/or urban mining of, respectively, flows and stocks of complex, multi-material, metal-containing products (as for instance a hybrid electric vehicle). (3) landfill mining of historic urban solid waste, (4) metal recovery from flows of industrial process residues from primary and secondary metal production and, finally, (5) metal recovery from stocks of landfilled mining waste and industrial process residues. The zero-waste vision implies that for (4) and (5) the residual mineral matrixes are valorised in building or engineered materials.

Research Lines:

BASE METAL PRODUCTION AND RECOVERY

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

CRITICAL METAL RECOVERY

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

UPCYCLING OF LOW-GRADE MATERIALS

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.

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT AND POLICY RESEARCH

Sustainability Assessment and Policy Research The Research Line investigates the economic and environmental feasibility of new flow sheets for the recovery of metals and/or minerals from end-of-life consumer goods, industrial process residues and low-grade ores.