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.
Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)
ETN DEMETER (Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles) organises the DEMETER Closing Symposium in Feb’ 2019 (together with SIM² KU Leuven, GloREIA and Valeo).
Reflections on the Summer School “To mine or not to mine?
On September 10-12, 2018, the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” took place in Leuven. 43 researchers participated.
Open ESR position at KTH Stockholm in ETN NEW-MINE
The ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining is urgently looking for a pyrolysis expert to start a Licentiate Thesis at KTH Stockholm (Sweden). Applicants can apply here: https://new-mine.eu/esr7/.
Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Giacomo Damilano
In December 2016, Giacomo Damilano started his PhD studies at KU Leuven researching the synthesis of novel Ionic Liquids starting from renewable materials,in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project.
EU "Raw Materials Week" 2018 (November 12-16)
Following the success of the Raw Materials Week 2017, the 3rd edition of the EU "Raw Materials Week", organised by the European Commission, will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November 2018 in Brussels.
Gwen Bailey wins 2018 MSCA award for science dissemination
Gwendolyn Bailey, Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at KU Leuven in the EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER project, consistently endeavours to communicate science to a broad audience. She has now won the 2018 MSCA award for science dissemination.

News

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Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

ETN DEMETER (Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles) organises the DEMETER Closing Symposium in Feb’ 2019 (together with SIM² KU Leuven, GloREIA and Valeo).

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Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Three years after the 1st ELFM Seminar in the EP, the 2nd Seminar – entitled “Towards a dynamic landfill management and mining strategy for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills” – takes place on November 20, 2018. Registration is now open.

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Reflections on the Summer School “To mine or not to mine?”

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

On September 10-12, 2018, the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” took place in Leuven. 43 researchers participated.

Open ESR position at KTH Stockholm in ETN NEW-MINE

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining is urgently looking for a pyrolysis expert to start a Licentiate Thesis at KTH Stockholm (Sweden). Applicants can apply here: https://new-mine.eu/esr7/.

Research Results

  • Sm/Co separation from SmCo magnets

Novel Sm/Co separation process for SmCo magnets

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven researchers have developed a novel approach to separate samarium from cobalt originating from SmCo magnets. Their newly published paper introduces very simple and cheap-to-maintain solvent extraction processes.

MSA: a green solvent for the recovery of REEs

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Within the EU Horizon 2020 REMAGHIC project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a novel process to recover rare earths (REEs) from lamp phosphor waste by dissolution in concentrated methanesulphonic acid (MSA), which is a green solvent.

Blog Posts

  • Simona Sobekova

Get to know about Simona, ESR 4 of EU ETN DEMETER

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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