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A Charming way to build a bridge

The inter-sectorial and interdisciplinary Charming ETN consists of leading universities and industry participants and trains 15 ESRs in the areas of innovative chemical engineering, instructional psychology & pedagogy, and immersive technology.

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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. Philippe Muchez coordinates one of SIM² KU Leuven’s flagship EU projects: EU H2020 ETN SULTAN and he is a core driver

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Giacomo Damilano

In December 2016, Giacomo Damilano started his PhD studies at KU Leuven researching the synthesis of novel Ionic Liquids starting from renewable materials, in the framework of the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project. (Leuven 05/10/2018) Why did you choose to work in Belgium? I was looking for an opportunity to continue my education in the field

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Willem Vereycken

In September 2018 Willem Vereycken started his PhD in the SOLVOMET lab supervised by Prof. Koen Binnemans (cf. Research Line 3 in SIM² KU Leuven). This week he has been nominated for short list for the “Eos Scriptieprijs 2018” for his excellent Master Thesis on the recycling of LEDs using ionic liquids (you can vote

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Rayco Lommelen

Rayco Lommelen started his PhD in the SOLVOMET Group at SIM² KU Leuven in September 2018. He is working on the development of a better model to describe and predict solvent extractions and metal separations using basic extractants. Find out more about Rayco Lommelen and his work in the interview below. (Leuven, 4/12/2018) Why did

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Annelies Malfliet

Dr. Annelies Malfliet is research expert at the Department of Materials Engineering, where she works in the research group of High Temperature Processes and Industrial Ecology. She coordinates the Centre for High Temperature Processes and Sustainable Materials Management (the so-called HiTemp Centre). Find out more about Annelies Malfliet and her work in the interview below.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven colleague: Katarzyna Janusz

Katarzyna Janusz is a project manager at the Materials Engineering Department. She coordinates the EIT Labelled Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA), which is SIM² KU Leuven’s future-oriented education flagship. Find out more about Katarzyna Janusz and her work in our first SIM² KU Leuven interview of 2019. (PTJ, Leuven, 2/1/2019) Why did you choose

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Arne Peys

Dr. Arne Peys is a postdoc at the Department of Materials Engineering (SIM² KU Leuven), where he works in the SREMat research group, which targets the valorisation of industrial residues by incorporating them in novel processes or materials. Find out more about Arne Peys and his work in the interview below. (PTJ, Leuven, 5/1/2019) Why

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Prof. Valérie Cappuyns

Professor Valérie Cappuyns is professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business (Campus Brussels), where she manages the Department of ECON-CEDON. She is a Steering Committee member of SIM² KU Leuven and vice-coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SULTAN project on the valorisation of sulfidic tailings. She works in the research group CEDON (Center

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Joren van Stee

Joren van Stee is currently doing his PhD at SIM² KU Leuven in the research group of Prof. Tom Van Gerven who leads the SIM² research line on Process Intensification. Joren is working on solvent extraction in milliflow systems to be used in the metallurgical domain (recovery and  recycling of critical metals). Find out more

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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 KU Leuven research line on Geological exploration and advanced resource characterization and coordinates the ETN SULTAN project Niels focusses on developing formation models for highly-evolved magma systems

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My PhD in the microwave

One of the main features of the current consumer society, is materials production for mass consumption. This results in the generation of huge amounts of (municipal solid) waste (MSW). The social, environmental and health risks linked to the disposal of waste in landfills has stimulated the European Commission to implement solid waste management policies. The

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Fifty Shades of Recovered Metal

Cementation is defined as the precipitation of a noble metal when it comes into contact with a less noble one. Since Roman times, this process has been applied in many metallurgical industries for contact plating, recovering valuable metals from waste solutions etc. However it has never been used before for painting! Stelios (ESR 5), in

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All roads lead to… a landfill

At present, almost all that we consume goes in a direct or indirect way to a landfill, and from there, our waste starts to degrade itself producing greenhouse gasses and leaching a lot of toxic compounds which could contaminate our aquifers, our most pure source of water. The organic material starts degrading immediately, but the other

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Coping with negative feedback

“You said you worked hard? Well, maybe you need to work a little harder. Is that really the limit of your strength? Could the you of tomorrow beat you today? Instead of giving in, move forward.” After many months of article reading, experiments and data analysis, I came out with my first scientific article. Despite

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Doctoral School on Cement Chemistry in Lausanne

Representing Kerneos Research and Technology Centre (Imerys Aluminates) and the SOCRATES project, I participated in April 2018 to the 4th ‘LC3 Doctoral School‘ hosted by the Laboratory of Construction Materials of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). LC3 stands for Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LCCC, so LC3). The 4-day event was well-attended by PhD students, post-doctoral

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Upcycling of residues from the plasma gasification of waste

Europe contains between 150,000 to 500,000 landfill sites, from which 90% could be “non-sanitary”. Remediation actions will soon need to take place in order to prevent any environmental and health problem that these non-sanitary landfills could cause. Enhanced landfill mining (ELFM) could be a solution to manage these landfills and also to reclaim land for

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Get to know about Gwen, ESR15 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

  Who are you? Gwen (ESR 15) How would you define yourself? Intellectually curious 🙂 So, what do you exactly do within the DEMETER project? I collaborated with the researchers and the consortium partners to collect data to be able to model the recycling routes. I did this in order to determine if these technical solutions

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Get to know about Martina, ESR3 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

Who are you? I’m Martina, 29 years old from Italy. Funny to observe, I am one of the only 2 European ESRs of this MSCA-ETN-DEMETER. How would you define yourself? In a word: a dreamer. In a quote: “Creativity is more worthy than knowledge”, from A. Einstein. So, what do you exactly do within the

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It is time to celebrate Women in Science!

Author. COSMIC. 11 February! Today we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, declared by the UN (resolution A/RES/70/212), as a way to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in science.

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A day in the life of a JRC scientist

Communicating science can be done in many ways: presenting research results or a poster at a conference, talking with your friends and family, or even blogging about science. Through short videos, as well, it is possible for scientists to engage in science communication and outreach to the general public. A number of people –13,573 to be

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Green Chemistry: a challenge for the future

Author: Chiara Bonomi Many times we have heard the term Green Chemistry, but probably we have never stopped and thought about its real meaning. We always tend to associate to the word green to something that is clean, environmental-friendly, which can enhance our life; of course, but what exactly is Green Chemistry and why is it so important for us as

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Inspiration of all time – Marie Skłodowska-Curie

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” According to the analysis of senior university staff in Europe, men are three times more likely than women to reach senior levels. However, the participation of women in science and technology can and has contributed to increasing innovation, quality and competitiveness of scientific and

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Brief history of Electrochemistry

Edison and Tesla, I bet you all have heard of these brilliant scientists and inventors, famous for their contributions to the field of electrochemistry. This article is not an attribution to them, but to all scientists who played a role in the development of electrochemistry as we know it. I would like to start way

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How can an industrial experience boost your PhD?

For most PhD applications, a relevant industrial experience is considered a plus in the CV. However, the career shift from the industry back to the academia often comes with transitional challenges. This leads PhD-newbies, like myself, into asking: “Which aspects of an industrial experience can come in handy while easing this transition?” With more than

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Environmental impact assessment of Plasmastone

I am ESR12 and I am doing my PhD at University of Padova (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Bernardo. The focus of my PhD is to develop glass-ceramics (i.e. materials from controlled crystallization of glasses) made with slags and ashes originated from the processing and conversion of the excavated landfill waste. Currently, I am working

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