In June 2017 the EIT RawMaterials network has approved the GloREIA KIC Added Value project, which stands for “Towards a Global Rare Earth Industry Association”. The funding for this EIT RawMaterials project is 300,000 EUR.
In the framework of the EU EREAN and DEMETER projects on Rare Earth recycling, a new Policy Brief “ERES 2017: Six Lessons Learned” was launched in order to stimulate (policy) debate about the Europe’s Rare Earth supply.
The IMAGINE project develops and implements master programmes on sustainable materials with 5 European partner universities. The SUMA programmes integrate a solid technical basis with courses on entrepreneurship and innovation.
On June 21, 2017, the World Economic Forum featured a blog by Dr. Peter Tom Jones about ‘Enhanced Landfill Mining’ (ELFM). Reaching an audience of 100,000+ readers per week, this article puts landfill mining under the (global) spotlights.
On May 28-31, 2017, more than 200 people took part in the 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources in Santorini, Greece. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) provides a personal evaluation through his “six lessons learned”.
Zheng Li is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on non-aqueous solvent extraction for the separation of critical metals. In this interview you can get to know more about this Chinese postdoc researcher.
Roberto Macchieraldo is performing a secondment in the SIM² KU Leuven cluster (through the ETN SOCRATES project). In the interview below you can get to know more about this Italian researcher with a background in chemistry.
SIM² KU Leuven researchers Depuydt & Van den Bossche published a paper on “Metal extraction with a short-chain imidazolium nitrate ionic liquid”. The article was rewarded with an inside cover in Chemical Communications.
On May 15, 2017, M. Enis Leblebici (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained his PhD degree. The topic of his dissertation is “Design, modelling and benchmarking of photoreactors and separation processes for waste treatment and purification”.
KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals – Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 – Leuven 3001, Belgium
SIM² KU Leuven is the new KU Leuven Institute on Sustainable Metals and Minerals, one of the 4 flagship KU Leuven Institutes. SIM² 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.