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.
Extraction of rare earths from bauxite residue
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.
New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue
On July 2nd, 2018, Dženita Avdibegović (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue leachates by functionalised sorbents‘.
Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Liubov Lukina
Liubov Lukina is a PhD student at the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven. She is working on the magnetic separation of rare-earth ions. She has a MSc degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland).
Science for Society: interview with Binnemans and Jones
In the Science@leuven Journal (Issue 62, p. 14-17) Siska Waelkens interviewed Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones about their work in the field of sustainable metallurgy and their wider research valorisation strategy.
Prof. Binnemans wins LeCoq de Boisbaudran award at ICfE-10
Prof. Koen Binnemans was given the LeCoq de Boisbaudran award for his “outstanding and long-lasting contribution” in the field of rare earth recycling. The prize was awarded at ICfE-10 (Sep’ 3–6, 2018) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Prof. Koen Binnemans wins Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET
On the 16th of March 2016 the European Research Council (ERC) formally approved the Advanced Grant proposal of Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM² […]


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Open position for Industrial Research Fund Manager (MRC)

January 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Leuven MRC is looking for a new Industrial Research Fund (IRF/IOF) Research Manager in the field of Materials Innovation for a Circular Economy. The deadline for applications for this high-profile position is January 24, 2019.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Arne Peys

January 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Dr. Arne Peys is a postdoc in the SREMat Group (Dept. Materials Engineering, KU Leuven) aiming to valorise industrial residues in novel processes or materials . Find out more about Arne Peys and his work in the interview below.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven colleague: Katarzyna Janusz

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Katarzyna Janusz is a project manager at the Materials Engineering Department. She coordinates the EIT Labelled Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA), which is SIM² KU Leuven’s future-oriented education flagship.

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5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

December 17th, 2018|0 Comments

How is Europe going to deal with the legacy of more than 500,000 landfills? More than 50 experts debated this question during the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (November 20, 2018), which was

Research Results

Are Chinese policies disrupting the REE supply chain?

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

New work by SIM² KU Leuven researchers published in Resources Conservation and Recycling demonstrates that the government policies have a much larger influence on the rare-earth supply chain disruption than physical disruptions.

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New process to recover indium from iron-rich solutions

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a new, selective method to recover indium from iron-rich solutions. This work, funded through EU METGROW+, was published as a golden open access paper in Separation and Purification Technology.

Blog Posts

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Get to know about Gwen, ESR15 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

June 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Get to know about Martina, ESR3 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

It is time to celebrate Women in Science!

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Why use a Microreactor for Chemical Processes?

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Recycling potential of End-of-Life Vehicles in UK

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Story-telling importance to communicate science

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments