SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to develop, organise and implement problem-driven, science-deep research and future-oriented education, contributing to the
environmentally friendly production and recycling of metals, minerals and engineered materials, supporting the transition to a climate-friendly, circular-economy.
On November 8, 2019, the EIT RawMaterials AWARE consortium is organising a mini-symposium on raising awareness on recycling of electronic waste. The event is co-organised by Recupel, SUMA and SIM² KU Leuven. Registration is now open.
Registrations are open for the satellite event at the EU Raw Materials Week on the “Public Acceptance and Social Impact of Mining and Mineral Recycling in Europe” (Brussels, 22 Nov. 2019). Several policy recommendations for the European Commission will be debated.
The SecREEts project presented its approach on Social License to Operate during an online meeting and compared with the model by Boutilier and Thomson (2011)
The International Tungsten Industry Association (ITIA) has published a valuable 24-page Newsletter on the recycling of tungsten, distinguishing between direct and chemical recycling.
Meet SIM² researchers
Marion Bechtold is a new IOF innovation manager in the field of innovative materials for a circular economy. She also coordinates the Leuven Materials Research Center (MRC) and represents it at (inter)national platforms.
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. Philippe Muchez coordinates one of SIM² KU Leuven’s flagship EU projects: EU H2020 ETN SULTAN and
Within the SOLCRIMET project (Advanced ERC Grant) Zheng Li et al. (KU Leuven) and colleagues from the University of Texas (Austin) have developed a solvometallurgical process for the separation of GaCl3 and AlCl3. The work has been published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.
CaO-FeOx-SiO2 slags can be used as raw material for alkali-activated materials, i.e. a green alternative to Portland cement. In Cement and Concrete Research, KU Leuven & Princeton University researchers reveal new insights into the reaction mechanisms.