Ore-formation models are developed, combining field work and petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical analyses. These advanced characterisation techniques are also applied on secondary resources (incl. tailings and slags).
Pyro- and electrometallurgical unit processes are developed and integrated into near-zero-waste flow sheets for the production and recovery of base and critical metals. Both experimental and modelling methodologies are developed.
Innovative, efficient hydrometallurgical and solvometallurgical processes are developed for the recovery of base and critical metals from low-grade ores, extractive waste, industrial process residues & End-of-Life consumer goods.
The focus is on hydro- and pyrometallurgical residues. Attention is given to the metallurgical process so that it delivers a promising precursor. In view of the high volumes, the end-materials are typically used in construction.
The RL investigates the environmental impacts, economic feasibility and Social License to Operate of new flow sheets for the extraction, recovery and/or recycling of metals and/or minerals from primary and secondary sources.
Process intensification yields chemical and metallurgical processing methods with high materials and energy efficiency. Process digitalisation aims at developing Industry 4.0 tools in order to improve process and data management.
Welcome to SIM² KU Leuven
SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. 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 within a circular-economy context