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.
Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Niels Hulsbosch
Niels Hulsbosch is a FWO postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Geology. He is a member of the research group of Prof. Philippe Muchez who leads the SIM² research line on Geological exploration and advanced resource characterization.
Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea
Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.
How circular is the household metal packaging cycle?
Researchers at SIM² KU Leuven & VVSG investigated the circularity of the household metal packaging cycle in Flanders. They found remarkable discrepancies between experimental (sorting) data and reported literature data.
Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Joren van Stee
Joren van Stee is doing his PhD at SIM² KU Leuven in the research group of Prof. Tom Van Gerven. His topic is solvent extraction in milliflow systems. Find out more about Joren van Stee and his work in this new SIM² interview.
Denis Gontcharov for president of EIT Raw Materials Alumni
Denis Gontcharov, a graduate of EIT Labelled Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA), which train the entrepreneurs for the future circular economy, has been nominated as president of the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Board.
New PhD on innovative technologies for REE recovery
On January 23rd, 2018, Rodolfo Marin Rivera obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. He successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled ‘Innovative technologies for rare earth element recovery from bauxite residue‘.

News

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Niels Hulsbosch

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Niels Hulsbosch is a FWO postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Geology. He is a member of the research group of Prof. Philippe Muchez who leads the SIM² research line on Geological exploration and advanced resource characterization.

  • Photo Opening of DEMETER Symposium

Looking back on the DEMETER Concluding Symposium

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

On February 5-7, 2019, the DEMETER Concluding Symposium took place in Leuven. Around 70 experts from 38 organisations and 11 countries participated in the debate about the future of Electric Vehicles and the role of rare-earth permanent magnet phases and motors.

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

February 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.

  • Cover paper Jo Van Caneghem on household metal packaging

How circular is the household metal packaging cycle?

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers at SIM² KU Leuven & VVSG investigated the circularity of the household metal packaging cycle in Flanders. They found remarkable discrepancies between experimental (sorting) data and reported literature data.

Research Results

Ionic liquids for REE recovery from lamp phosphor waste

February 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Within the EU REMAGHIC project, KU Leuven developed a process to recover yttrium and europium from a mixed oxide obtained by the processing of lamp phosphor waste based on solvent extraction with undiluted thiocyanate ionic liquids.

Selective REE recovery from bauxite residue slags

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

In the framework of ETN REDMUD, an integrated process was developed by KU Leuven and RWTH Aachen to selectively recover Fe and REEs from slags produced during smelting of bauxite residue. The work is published in Hydrometallurgy.

Blog Posts

  • Photo Gwen Bailey

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