News Archive – page 2

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 new 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.

REE thematic section in J. Sust. Metallurgy

March 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy has just published its thematic section on “Green Rare Earth Elements” (Vol 3, Nr 1). The thematic section features a number of innovations with respect to REE production and recycling.

EU H2020 NEOHIRE kicks off (Brussels, 8-3-2017)

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 8, 2017, the kick-off meeting of EU H2020 NEOHIRE took place in Brussels. NEOHIRE's core objective is to reduce the use of rare earths (REE), Co and Ga in the permanent magnets used in wind turbine generators.

MetalloChimique NV and Elmet SLU become “Metallo”

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

MetalloChimique, SIM² KU Leuven's close industrial collaborator and long-term structural partner in the HiTemp Centre, has just gone through a rebranding exercise. MetalloChimique becomes Metallo!

SIM² KU Leuven’s March Newsletter just published

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 6th, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven published its latest Newsletter, covering the most recent project and research breakthrough developments. Newsletter 7 features Hilde Vautmans’ EU Action Plan for Enhanced Landfill Mining.

Landfill mining in Europe: latest developments

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

On March 2, 2017, the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO) launched its latest Newletter which covers the rapid evolutions in terms of Enhanced Landfill Mining research and innovation in Europe.

Cardiff University’s milestone paper on in-situ mining

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Devin Sapsford and colleagues from the University of Cardiff published an original research article in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, dealing with in-situ mining of metals from landfills containing mining waste residues.

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

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

ETN NEW-MINERS meet ‘DE LOCALS’ of Remo landfill site

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Preceding the ETN NEW-MINE kick-off, a unique event was organised on 6-2-2017 in Houthalen (BE) to initiate a fruitful dialogue between the NEW-MINE ESRs/Supervisors and ‘DE Locals’ group of the Remo landfill site in Houthalen.

1st Newsletter REMAGHIC covering the Balance Problem

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The first REMAGHIC Newsletter was sent out today by SIM² KU Leuven: it contains items on the Rare-earth Balance Problem, University Training, a guide to Open Access ... You can read the Newslettter here:

Inspiring kick-off meeting for EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES

February 11th, 2017|0 Comments

On February 8-10, 2017, ETN SOCRATES kicked off with a first consortium meeting, an IPR training and a site visit to Metallo's new Zn fumer plant in Beerse. SOCRATES will develop zero-waste valorisation solutions for residues.

EU ETN NEW-MINE kicks off with EU action plan

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

On 7-2-2017 the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project kicked off in Houthalen (BE) in conjunction with the 5th EURELCO General Assembly, where Hilde Vautmans, Belgian Member of the European Parliament (MEP), launched an EU Action Plan.

Enhanced Landfill Mining on the rise in Europe

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

On February 6-8, 2017 two new EU projects on Enhanced Landfill Mining formally kicked off. EU H2020 ETN NEW-MINE, coordinated by KU Leuven, targets breakthroughs in the waste-to-product value chain. Watch the tv-report on VRT here

Open position for tailings project at KU Leuven

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is urgently looking for a postdoc with experience in hydrometallurgy to work in the newly approved VLAIO SIM SBO SMART project, which deals with the zero-waste valorisation of tailings.

Milestone PhD on policy aspects of Landfill Mining

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Nils Johansson (Linköping University) recently published his milestone PhD text on the institutional challenges for ELFM, based on a multitude of interviews with all relevant stakeholders. A must read for ELFM professionals.

China to become net importer of some rare earths

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

As China’s insatiable demand for REEs continues to grow over the coming ten years, China’s domestic production will struggle to keep up in all scenarios examined herein, leading the nation to become a net importer of some REEs.

New non-aqueous SX system for REE separation

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Prof. Koen Binnemans and co-workers (SIM² KU Leuven) have developed a novel non-aqueous solvent extraction system for separation of rare earths.

New process for Sc recovery

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers at KU Leuven developed a process to obtain leachates from bauxite residue (red mud) with a much higher concentration of scandium than can be achieved via conventional leaching with acids.

SIM² REE-recycling review most cited JCLEPRO paper

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The milestone Rare-earth recycling review paper - K. Binnemans et al., Recycling of rare earths: A critical review, J. Clean. Prod. 51 (2013) 1-22 - is the most cited paper in Journal of Cleaner Production published since 2012

New Flemish policy research centre Circular Economy

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The Flemish Government recently approved the set up of a new policy research centre “Sustainable Materials Management in a Circular Economy (CE)” in the framework of Flanders' CE ambitions.

KU Leuven Metaforum position paper Circular Economy

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The KU Leuven Metaforum working group on Circular Economy (CE) presented and published its position paper in December 2016.

Transforming plasmarock from ELFM into geopolymers

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is happy to share its new Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy paper on how plasmarock from Enhanced Landfill Mining can be upcycled into low-carbon geopolymer binders

Carbonation of stainless steel slag paper in top 5

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven’s paper on carbonation of stainless slag is one of the 5 most highly cited papers published in International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

DEMETER video as Best Practice (Brussels, Dec’ 16)

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

During the yearly Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 ITN coordinators information day organised by the EC in Brussels (12-12-2016), the promotional video of ETN DEMETER (launched September 2016) was presented as a Best Practice.

Press release EU H2020 PLATIRUS project

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

PLATIRUS is a new EU Horizon 2020 project (SC5-13-2016, GA 730224), which aims at reducing the EU deficit of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs).

SIM² KU Leuven’s Guide to Open Access

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven has developed a handy guide on how to deal with the Open Access requirement in EU Horizon 2020 projects. The guide is in the form of a step-by-step diagram that can be downloaded here.

Policy Brief on need for continued CRM research

November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Prof. Koen Binnemans (General Coordinator of MC/MSCA ITN/ETN EREAN, DEMETER and REDMUD was invited to give a talk at the “Critical Raw Materials in Everyday Applications” workshop (Brussels, 26-27 September 2016).

Interview P.T. Jones in MBlad on new book

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven coordinator Peter Tom Jones was interviewed by the cleantechmagazine MBlad concerning the launching of his new book Terra Reversa (EPO, 2016, co-authored by Vicky De Meyere) on the transition towards a low-carbon

SIM MaRes SBO project “SMART” approved!

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been formally approved by SIM & VLAIO. SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings. SMART is a strategic basic research project

New review paper on the recycling of NdFeB magnets

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

In the framework of the EU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN project (European Rare Earth (Magnet) Recycling Network) a new review paper has been published on the recycling of NdFeB permanent magnets. For this paper the lead

14 PhD students selected for EU H2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

On 10 October 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for the MSCA-ETN “COSMIC - European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

13 PhD students selected for ETN SOCRATES

September 14th, 2016|0 Comments

On 12 September 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES, a training network project on the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade, critical metal containing industrial process residues. From

15 PhD students selected for ETN NEW-MINE

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

On 6 September 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE, the first ever Horizon 2020 project dealing with Enhanced Landfill Mining (see Press Release). From an initial

SIM² wins 8 new EIT RawMaterials projects

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

EIT RawMaterials is one of the so-called KICs that are funded by the European Commission.