News Archive – page 2

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.

In memoriam Prof. Risto Harjula (Helsinki U.)

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

China Global Television Network reports on ELFM

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

In the aftermath of the publication of the animated promotional videos of ETNs NEW-MINE and SOCRATES, we were contacted by China Global Television Network (CGTN) who made a brief report on the projects’ ground-breaking research.

Digitizing the Circular Economy

July 21st, 2017|0 Comments

During a four day summer school, prof. Markus Reuter introduced a group of 20 students to flowsheeting of physical separation, metallurgical and recycling systems by hands-on use of simulation software (HSC Sim)

Meet our researcher: Vidmantas Bieliunas

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Vidmantas Bieliūnas is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the ETN COSMIC EU project. In this interview you can get to know more about this PhD researcher.

APP launches new commercial demonstration plant

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The British company APP has developed a new commercial demonstration plant that is able to transform RDF into natural gas. An important development for the ELFM and plasma gasification research!

From batch to continuous production…

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Drug discovery Online published an article about the most important steps and mistakes the pharmaceutical industry can make when they want to switch from batch to continuous production of drugs.

Darmstadt Symposium on critical metals (July 13)

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

On the 13th of July Darmstadt, Germany, will be the venue for a milestone Symposium on the importance of critical metals for green energy technologies. The Symposium features a multitude of lectures by renowned experts.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Basit Ali

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Basit Ali is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the electrodeposition of Sm-Co magnetic alloys from ionic liquids (ILs). In this interview you can get to know more about this ETN DEMETER PhD researcher.

Towards a new Rare Earth Association: GloREIA

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

In June 2017 the EIT RawMaterials network has approved the GloREIA KIC Added Value project, which stands for “Towards a Global Rare Earth Industry Association”. The funding for this EIT RawMaterials project is 300,000 EUR.

New Policy Brief on EU Rare Earth Supply Chain

July 4th, 2017|0 Comments

In the framework of the EU EREAN and DEMETER projects on Rare Earth recycling, a new Policy Brief “ERES 2017: Six Lessons Learned” was launched in order to stimulate (policy) debate about the Europe's Rare Earth supply.

ETN SOCRATES launches new animation video

July 4th, 2017|0 Comments

The EU Horizon 2020 SOCRATES project has now just released a new animation video about “Recovering valuable metals from industrial waste”. The film is presented by two SOCRATES PhD students.

EIT RawMaterials funds 2nd phase IMAGINE-project

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

The IMAGINE project develops and implements master programmes on sustainable materials with 5 European partner universities. The SUMA programmes integrate a solid technical basis with courses on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Meet our SIM² researcher: G. Flesoura

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Georgia Flesoura is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on inorganic polymers (supervised by Prof. Yiannis Pontikes and Prof. Jef Vleugels). In the interview you can get to know more about this ETN NEW-MINE researcher.

World Economic Forum & landfill mining

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

On June 21, 2017, the World Economic Forum featured a blog by Dr. Peter Tom Jones about ‘Enhanced Landfill Mining’ (ELFM). Reaching an audience of 100,000+ readers per week, this article puts landfill mining under the (global) spotlights.

ERES 2017 (Santorini): Six lessons learned

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 28-31, 2017, more than 200 people took part in the 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources in Santorini, Greece. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) provides a personal evaluation through his “six lessons learned”.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Zheng Li

May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Zheng Li is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on non-aqueous solvent extraction for the separation of critical metals. In this interview you can get to know more about this Chinese postdoc researcher.

New SIM² Research Line: Process Intensification

May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A fifth research line in SIM² KU Leuven has just been launched. Process intensification aims at the development of chemical process technology which allows chemical processing with high materials and energy efficiency.

Meet our SIM² researcher: R. Macchieraldo

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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.

KU Leuven: inside cover Chemical Communications

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven researchers Depuydt & Van den Bossche published a paper on "Metal extraction with a short-chain imidazolium nitrate ionic liquid". The article was rewarded with an inside cover in Chemical Communications.

M. Enis Leblebici obtains PhD on photoreactors

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 15, 2017, M. Enis Leblebici (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained his PhD degree. The topic of his dissertation is “Design, modelling and benchmarking of photoreactors and separation processes for waste treatment and purification".

ETN NEW-MINE project features in Italian press

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The article, “Nuovi minatori in formazione” (“New Miners in training”), was published in Sole 24 ORE, an leading Italian economic newspaper. The article highlights Enhanced Landfill Mining as a grand opportunity for Europe.

S. Riaño obtains her PhD on Nd and Dy recovery

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 12, 2017, Sofía Riaño obtained her PhD degree at KU Leuven in the framework of the MC-ITN EREAN project. Her PhD covers the “Recovery of Neodymium and Dysprosium from NdFeB Magnets using Ionic Liquid Technology”.

New Policy Brief on recycling of electric cars

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The EU Horizon 2020 projects EREAN and DEMETER have just published a new (joint) Policy Brief on the challenges with respect to the recycling of hybrid and electric vehicles ((H)EVs).

Meet our SIM² researcher: Nand Peeters

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

ELFM IV: Programme & call for abstracts (30-5-17)

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The call for extended abstracts for the 4th Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining (Feb. 5-7, 2018) is open until May 30, 2017. Papers will be grouped into four major sessions, which collectively cover the full ELFM value chain.

J. Roosen obtains PhD on critical metal recovery

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 8, 2017, Joris Roosen obtained his PhD degree at KU Leuven for his work on the recovery of critical metals from dilute aqueous waste streams by adsorption on functionalised biopolymers.

Summer school: Digitizing the Circular Economy

May 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Metallurgy is a key enabler of a circular economy. Its digitalization is the metallurgical Internet of Things. This the EIT summer school will illustrate some of these concepts with hands-on training (17-20/07 in Leuven).

Call for papers BR2018 Conference (Athens, 2018)

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

It is with great pleasure that SIM² KU Leuven and ETN RED Mud can announce the 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices conference - BR2018. The conference will be held from 7-10 May, 2018 in Athens, Greece.

New ELFM animation video: not just another brick

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The ETN NEW-MINE team has just launched its new animation video on Enhanced Landfill Mining. Using graphic designs and animations the film explains the complex ELFM flow sheet. Star presenter is Giovanna Sauve.

Will EU produce rare earths from its own mines?

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

In 2013 the FP7 EURARE project was initiated with as goal to develop sustainable exploitation schemes for Europe’s rare-earth ore deposits. Recently, an overview article was published in the Johnson Matthey Technology Review.

Apple to develop iPhone with recycled content

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Apple just announced that it plans to stop relying on mined rare earth minerals and metals to make their products, and instead use only recycled sources. Read the full story in the article by Zoë Schlanger.

The sustainability of hybrid & electric vehicles

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

In the framework of the ETN DEMETER project SIM² KU Leuven researchers have published a milestone paper on the sustainability aspects of hybrid and electric vehicles (H(E)Vs). The paper was co-authored by Leiden University.

Transforming fayalite slags in inorganic polymers

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven researchers from the SREMAT Group have published a milestone paper in Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering on the transformation process of fayalitic slag into Fe-Si rich inorganic polymers.

Meet our researcher: Dr. Nerea Rodriguez

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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.

Ten good reasons to use solvometallurgy

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

The position paper “Solvometallurgy: an emerging branch of extractive metallurgy” is now available as an open access paper from the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy website. The paper presents ten reasons to use solvometallurgy.

Kick-off VLAIO O&O ANTARES project completed

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

On April 18, 2017, the VLAIO O&O ANTARES project kicked off at the premises of Campine in Beerse (Belgium). ANTARES targets high-grade antimony trioxide production from a diversified antimony-containing feed stream.

Oliver Gutfleisch (TUD) wins ERC Advanced Grant

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is happy to share the news that its ETN EREAN colleague at the Technical Unversity of Darmstadt (Germany), Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch, has been granted a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant on magnetocaloric cooling.

EURELCO wins 3rd EU landfill mining project

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

The European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium wins its 3rd EU-funded landfill mining project in 1 year. Interreg NWE RAWFILL targets an evidence-based, standardised methodology to select profitable landfill mining projects.

Call for papers ELFM IV Symposium (Feb. 2018)

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

The call for extended abstracts for the Fourth International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining (Conference Centre Lamot, Mechelen-Belgium, February 5-6, 2018) is now open. Deadline for the extended abstracts is May 30, 2017.

15 years of slag valorisation @ KU Leuven (SVS V)

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

On April 3, 2017, the Fifth Slag Valorisation Symposium kicked off in Leuven. For a record-breaking attendance of 250 participants, Bart Blanpain gave a bird’s eye overview on 15 years of slag valorisation research at KU Leuven.

Breakthrough in lamp phosphor recycling

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Steff Van Loy, Koen Binnemans & Tom Van Gerven (SIM² KU Leuven) achieved a milestone with respect to lamp phosphor recycling. Using ball milling they significantly enhanced the rare-earth leaching rates in the lamp phosphors.

Solvometallurgy: an emerging branch in metallurgy

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

In order to position this emerging branch within extraction metallurgy, Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) have authored a milestone position paper to present the opportunities and challenges.

SIM² KU Leuven: your EU dissemination partner

March 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Read more about our dissemination possibilities in a new, dedicated SIM² KU Leuven webpage, which provides an overview in terms of websites, leaflets, presentation templates, animation videos, and many more options.

Bouwkroniek reports on ELFM breakthrough

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

In its recent issue, Bouwkroniek, the Flemish website/magazine for the construction sector, has published a feature article on the recent breakthrough in the EP with respect to the endorsement of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM).


March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

On March 2017, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven will present two of its successful animation videos in the “Research Roulette" programme of the DOCVILLE (film) festival in Leuven. Both recycling of e-cars and Enhanced Landfill Mining feature!

Watch Prof. Yiannis Pontikes’ Inaugural Lecture

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On Thursday March 9, 2017, Prof. Yiannis Pontikes provided his inaugural lecture, titled “Fe-Ca-silicate slags: when purpose-driven research challenges perception of what is feasible”. The slides are available now.

“ETN NEW-MINERs meet the locals” video launched

March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Preceding the formal kick-off meeting of the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining, a unique event “New-miners meet locals” was organised on February 6, 2017 in Houthalen, Belgium. Video is now available.

Campine & KU Leuven win ANTARES project

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 9, 2017, the Flemish Government (VLAIO) officially approved the R&D project ANTARES, a strategic cooperation between Campine, one of the leading antimony trioxide producers in Europe, and SIM² KU Leuven, UCL, InsPyro and Praxair.

EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC kicked off

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 13, 2017, the EU H2020 MCSA-ETN COSMIC kicked off in Leuven. The newly recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) presented themselves along with their supervisors and the representatives of the partner organisations.

EP votes YES to add ELFM to Landfill Directive

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

On 14-3-207 the European Parliament voted about its position with respect to EU Waste Policy. The so-called “Waste Package” concerns four Directives, incl. the Landfill Directive. For the first time, this Landfill Directive is now to endorse “Enhanced Landfill Mining”.

E-cars & e-bikes in EU-28: what about recycling?

March 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The European Environmental Agency recently published a key report on e-mobility in EU-28 (incl. e-cars, e-bikes and e-buses). One element which receives too little attention is: what about the recycling challenges and needs?

Summer School on chemical process intensification

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC is organizing a summer school on Ultrasound and Microwaves for Chemical Processing (Arenberg, Leuven). The event is organized in cooperation with the European Sonochemistry Society (ESS) and AMPERE.

University of Birmingham launches new Centre

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 29, 2017, the University of Birmingham launches an ambitious new Centre: “the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials” (BCSECM). German MEP Bütikofer endorses the centre during the launch event.

Mehmet Recai Önal obtains PhD on NdFeB recycling

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 10, 2017, Mehmet Recai Önal successfully defended his PhD degree at KU Leuven. He obtained degree in the framework of the EU FP7 Training Network Project, EREAN, i.e. the European Rare Earth (Magnet) Recycling Network.