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: Prof. Philippe Muchez
Philippe Muchez is professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven and dean of the Faculty of Science. His is head of the Ore Geology and Geofluids research unit and leads the ETN SULTAN project.
Looking back on the DEMETER Concluding Symposium
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
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.

News

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Prof. Philippe Muchez

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Philippe Muchez is professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven and dean of the Faculty of Science. His is head of the Ore Geology and Geofluids research unit and leads the ETN SULTAN project.

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.

Research Results

Deep Eutectic Solvents for solubilisation of metal oxides

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

The SOLVOMET Group (SIM² KU Leuven), which develops solvometallurgical flow sheets, has synthesized new Deep Eutectic Solvents that can selectively dissolve metal oxides from industrial residues derived from the mining industry.

  • Cover paper Fe-rich industrial residue

Selective metal recovery from Fe-rich industrial residues

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Within the EU H2020 SOCRATES project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a process to selectively recover lead and zinc from iron-rich jarosite residue of the zinc industry. The work is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Blog Posts

My PhD in the microwave

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Fifty Shades of Recovered Metal

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

All roads lead to… a landfill

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Coping with negative feedback

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Doctoral School on Cement Chemistry in Lausanne

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments