On Thursday March 9, 2017, Prof. Yiannis Pontikes provided his inaugural lecture, titled “Fe-Ca-silicate slags: when purpose-driven research challenges perception of what is feasible”. The slides for this presentation are now available on https://www.slideshare.net/secret/A3uuT5b8GLlnSM
The presentation presents an intriguing overview of the work being performed with Prof. Pontikes’ SREMAT Research Group and, more broadly, in the SIM² KU Leuven Research Line on Upcycling of raw materials and residues into new applications. Key attention is given to “Flanders’ Metal Valley” and the multiple co-operations taking place with companies like Metallo, Group Machiels, Umicore, Aperam, ArcelorMittal, Orbix, Nyrstar etc. in which a multitude of slags and other residues are upcycled into wonderful new products such an inorganic polymers.