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.
Solvometallurgical recovery of metals from SmCo magnets
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.
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.
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.

News

  • 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.

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.

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