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.
Green slag valorisation is now an industrial success story
On April 1-5, 2019, the 6th Slag Valorisation Symposium took place. More than 200 persons experienced at first hand that slag valorisation has been transformed from an academic concept into an industrial success story.
Senior Academic Position (Group T/KUL - hydrometallurgy)
Interested in a full-time Senior academic open position ("hydrometallurgy for urban mining")? Check out the new position at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering, Campus Group T/KU Leuven.
SOCRATES Press Release on the importance of lead metallurgy
The SOCRATES team launched a Press Release on its recent Policy Brief "Lead Metallurgy is Fundamental to the Circular Economy", claiming the EU’s circular economy plans risk stalling if regulators pursue ill-judged restrictions.
WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned
On February 26, 2019, the Interreg Europe project COCOON hosted a workshop on “Landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” at the World Resources Forum in Antwerp (Belgium). All presentations are now available.
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.
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.

News

Green slag valorisation is now an industrial success story

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

On April 1-5, 2019, the 6th Slag Valorisation Symposium took place. More than 200 persons experienced at first hand that slag valorisation has been transformed from an academic concept into an industrial success story.

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Chemiemagazine features SIM²’s view on critical metals

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Chemiemagazine, a Dutch monthly magazine of the Chemical Industry, has published a feature article on the scarcity of (critical) metals and other raw materials (March 2019, 40-42). SIM² KU Leuven provided its view on this crucial issue for Europe.

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Senior Academic Position (Group T/KUL – hydrometallurgy)

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Interested in a full-time Senior academic open position ("hydrometallurgy for urban mining")? Check out the new position at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering, Campus Group T/KU Leuven.

SOCRATES Press Release on the importance of lead metallurgy

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

The SOCRATES team launched a Press Release on its recent Policy Brief "Lead Metallurgy is Fundamental to the Circular Economy", claiming the EU’s circular economy plans risk stalling if regulators pursue ill-judged restrictions.

Research Results

  • Cover paper on solvometallurgical recovery of metals from SmCo magnets

Solvometallurgical recovery of metals from SmCo magnets

March 25th, 2019|0 Comments

A solvometallurgical route for recycling of SmCo permanent magnets was developed by researchers from the SOLVOMET Group (SIM² KU Leuven). The method is based on non-aqueous solvent extraction to minimize water consumption.

Occurrence of rare earths in post-processed bauxite residue

March 25th, 2019|0 Comments

In the framework of the EU MSCA-ETN REDMUD project, the occurrence mode of selected rare earths in neutralised-leached bauxite residue was studied by KU Leuven and NTUA. The work is published in Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

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