RL2 Team

Prof. Karel Van Acker

Prof. Karel Van Acker (RL Leader) is senior lecturer in sustainable materials and processes, coordinator of the Leuven Materials Research Centre at KU Leuven and Promotor-Coordinator of the policy research centre Sustainable Materials Management. He chairs the Flemish Transition Network on Sustainable Materials Management and is involved in numerous projects on sustainability assessments of material …

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Prof. Yiannis Pontikes

Yiannis is the Research Line Leader and the coordinator of Secondary Resources for Engineered Material (SREMat) research group at MTM (https://www.mtm.kuleuven.be/Onderzoek/sremat/). Yiannis is work package leader or project coordinator in approximately 10 projects dealing with the valorisation of bauxite residue (red mud), slags from ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, and vitrified residues from municipal solid wastes, …

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Prof. Koen Binnemans

Prof. Koen Binnemans is a world-leading expert in the chemistry of REEs and the environmentally-friendly use of ILs in solvent extraction and critical metal recovery. Author of more than 200 papers on REEs (320 papers in total) with a h-index of 48 (54 according to Google Scholar) and over 10000 citations. General coordinator of EU …

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Dr. Peter Tom Jones

Dr. Peter Tom Jones is a Senior Industrial Research Fund Research Manager. He is Valorisation Officer of several large-scale projects and networks at the level of KU Leuven, Flanders and the EU (MC-ITN EREAN and MSCA-ETN REDMUD and DEMETER). He is also actively involved in the EIT Raw Materials. He chairs the EU-wide EURELCO Consortium. …

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Prof. Jan Fransaer

Prof. Jan Fransaer is a full professor of chemistry (Department of Materials Engineering). His research group has a tradition in experimental & computational electrochemistry. More than 100 peer reviewed publications and 11 patents in this field. He was involved in 7 EU projects (2 as coordinator) on electrodeposition. The group made significant contributions to the …

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Prof. Tom Van Gerven

Prof. Tom Van Gerven has a background in chemical engineering and is a specialist in process intensification using localised energy and alternative energy forms (ultrasound, light, microwaves etc.). Prof. Van Gerven’s role in RARE³ is the application of process intensification techniques to the leaching of low grade ores and industrial process residues and to the …

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Dr. Muxing Guo

Dr. Muxing Guo, Research Expert at KU Leuven. His expertise domain is high temperature metallurgy, both for fundamental and industrial applications. Worked in the process metallurgical field for more than 30 years. He has been involved in numerous fundamental, strategic and applied science projects in the fields of steel cleanliness, pyro-plasma technology, slag valorisation, vessel …

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