News Archive – page 2

Extraction of rare earths from bauxite residue

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

In the context of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD project, KU Leuven researchers have published a new method to extract rare earths (REEs) from bauxite residue (red mud) by dry digestion followed by water leaching.

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

The ELFM IV organising committee has released a 5-minute video (Feb’ 2018), which integrates multiple testimonials and perspectives from the EC, national public bodies, academia, industry and civil society. A great executive summary!

The rare-earth element Balance Problem revisited

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

Umicore announces battery production investments

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

On February 8, 2018, Umicore reported a net profit of 267 million euro in 2017. Concurrently, Umicore announced an investment of 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials for a.o. electric vehicles.

ELFM IV Symposium book has been released

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

The organising committee of the ELFM IV Symposium (Feb’ 5-6, 2018) is happy to share the ELFM IV Symposium Book (ed. Jones & Machiels, Feb’ 2018). ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories.

Houthalen Mayor brings inspiring speech @ELFM IV

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Alain Yzermans, Mayor of Houthalen-Helchteren, delivered an inspiring speech during the opening of the 2nd day of the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (Feb. 6, 2018). The Social License to Operate topic took centre stage.

Critical raw materials: a C2W feature article

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

C2W, the Dutch Journal for Chemistry and Life Sciences, has published a feature article on the EU List of Critical Raw Materials (Nr. 1, 2018). SIM² KU Leuven provided its view on this crucial issue for Europe.

EU MSCA-ETN COSMIC releases first video

January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

ETN COSMIC releases an animation video "Europe on the wave to innovation" to explain the goal and mission of the project to the broader audience. The 15 ESRs were involved in the creation of the movie in cooperation with LIMEL.

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

The EU H2020 NEMO project (“Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”) has secured funding by the European Commission.

SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors - Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden - provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues.

To mine or not to mine, that is the question

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

Setting the scene for the ELFM IV Symposium

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. On January 15, 2018, the Final Symposium Programme was released: pdf available here. ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers.

ELFM and EURELCO featured in the Financial Times

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM.

MSCA-ETN DEMETER: an “EU Success Story”

December 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

ETN DEMETER, which investigates how to extract and recycle rare earth magnets from electric vehicle motors, features on the EC website in the series "Success Stories". Prof. Binnemans (coordinator DEMETER) outlines the challenges.

1st Place Award in the TOP STARS 2017

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

DEMETER researcher F. Coelho (left, image) participated in winning team in EIT RawMaterials TOP STARS 2017 Winter School. The TOP STARS format has been acknowledged as setting a new benchmark for entrepreneurial PhD Schools.

EURARE project is completed

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The EU FP7 EURARE project team has published a concluding project brochure, explaining how Europe can create a sustainable European rare-earth supply chain. A must read!

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.

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.