SIM² KU Leuven is the new KU Leuven Institute on Sustainable Metals and Minerals, one of the 4 flagship KU Leuven Institutes endorsed by the KU Leuven Academic Council. 


To develop, organise & implement problem-driven, science-deep research & future-oriented education, contributing to the environmentally friendly production & recycling of metals, minerals & engineered materials, supporting (…) a climate-friendly, circular-economy. Read more >

Binnemans obtains prestigious ERC PoC Grant for lithium refining August 3, 2020 READ MORE Upgrading CERN with niobium-tin magnets July 31, 2020 READ MORE Transformation of matter - from child to scientist July 30, 2020 READ MORE Meet our SIM² KU Leuven colleague: Dr. Thomas Abo Atia July 17, 2020 READ MORE Chalmers researchers are probing the properties of new green solvents July 13, 2020 READ MORE

GO TO VIDEO THE MISSING LINK of the Circular Economy 2.0 GO TO VIDEO AWARE Electro-Recycling Heroes GO TO VIDEO 5th Enhanced Lanfill Mining Symposium The Dark Side of the Circular Economy GO TO VIDEO CHARMING Immersive learning in Chemical Engineering GO TO VIDEO SOCRATES Stairway to Sustainability - Research on recycling of industrial waste GO TO VIDEO SULTAN Transforming mining waste (tailings) into valuable products GO TO VIDEO DEMETER First Recycled Electric Motor GO TO VIDEO COSMIC Europe on the wave to innovation GO TO VIDEO CROCODILE Efficient recovery of cobalt



Upgrading CERN with niobium-tin magnets

The imminent deployment of accelerator magnets based on the superconductor Nb3Sn for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN serves as a springboard to future accelerator magnets for fundamental exploration.

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Meet our SIM² colleagues

Research Results

Flagship projects & initiatives

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