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SIM MaRes SBO project “SMART” approved!

SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been formally approved by SIM & VLAIO. SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings. SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”. This project, which was developed …

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New review paper on the recycling of NdFeB magnets

In the framework of the EU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN project (European Rare Earth (Magnet) Recycling Network) a new review paper has been published on the recycling of NdFeB permanent magnets. For this paper the lead supervisors of TU Delft, University of Birmingham, Fraunhofer Institute, Chalmers University and KU Leuven joined forces to provide the most …

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14 PhD students selected for EU H2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC

On 10 October 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for the MSCA-ETN “COSMIC – European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. From an initial list of 96 eligible COSMIC candidates, 23 were preselected for the Recruitment Event where they were interviewed …

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13 PhD students selected for ETN SOCRATES

On 12 September 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES, a training network project on the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade, critical metal containing industrial process residues. From an initial list of 115 eligible SOCRATES, 28 were preselected for the Recruitment Event where they were interviewed by 15 …

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15 PhD students selected for ETN NEW-MINE

On 6 September 2016 the official recruitment event took place in Leuven for EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE, the first ever Horizon 2020 project dealing with Enhanced Landfill Mining (see Press Release). From an initial list of 182 eligible NEW-MINE candidates, 29 were preselected for the Recruitment Event where they were interviewed by 20 NEW-MINE …

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New video on design & recycling of electric cars

The EU ETN DEMETER and SIM² KU Leuven teams are delighted to share their new animation video, featuring Early Stage Researcher Gwen Bailey (KU Leuven). This Storyrunner video covers the challenging area of the design and recycling of the rare-earth permanent magnet motors used in hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs). The DEMETER project aims to …

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New review paper on critical metal recovery

Chenna Rao Borra and colleagues published a landmark review paper on red mud valorisation in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. Full reference: C.R. Borra, B. Blanpain, Y. Pontikes, K. Binnemans, T. Van Gerven,”Recovery of Rare Earths and Other Valuable Metals From Bauxite Residue (Red Mud): A Review”, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, DOI 10.1007/s40831-016-0068-2 – download …

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Honda develops magnet motor without heavy REEs

The Japanese automaker has freed its hybrids of the need for heavy rare earth elements. Working with Daido Steel, the automaker has developed the first magnet suitable for automotive drive applications that doesn’t require materials like dysprosium or terbium to improve its heat resistance. Instead, the neodymium-iron magnets are manufactured using a new hot deformation …

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NEW-MINE attracts 182 candidates from 55 countries

On 31 July 2016 the application period closed for the EU Horizon 2020 project NEW-MINE. In total 182 candidates submitted an eligible application. On 10 August the NEW-MINE Recruitment Committee preselected 30 candidates. The 182 applications originate from a total of 52 different countries in the word, with 55 of them being from European Member …

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