Meet our colleagues
Holding a PhD in geology SIM² member Veerle Vandeginste is an associate professor (Dep’ Materials Engineering, KU Leuven-Campus Bruges). Her research is motivated by the challenges of global warming and sustainability.
Prof. Yiannis Pontikes’ burning desire is to convert bauxite residue (et al.) into green building materials. As one of SIM²‘s founding fathers he passionately leads the SREMat Group (Dept. Materials Engineering, KU Leuven).
Bart Blanpain, one of SIM²‘s founding fathers, is an inspirational KU Leuven Professor leading the HiTemp Group (Dept. Materials Engineering, MTM). His grand mission is to contribute to sustainable metallurgical processing.
SIM² Member Prof. Dimitrios Sakellariou is a Greek KU Leuven Professor working at the cMACS division in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M²S). High-resolution Magnetic Resonance comprises his unique expertise.
Prof. Simon Kuhn is a KU Leuven Professor in the ProcESS division (Department of Chemical Engineering). After obtaining an ERC Starting Grant, he has now also been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his work on novel reactor types.
Prof. Xing Yang is a new KU Leuven Professor in the ProcESS division (Dep’ Chemical Engineering). Her research group focuses on the development of smart responsive separation processes for solute purification & resource recovery.
Dr. Dominique Jacques’ is developing a metallogenic model to explain the structural emplacement of magmatic-hydrothermal quartz vein and pegmatites, which are enriched in critical metals such as W, Sn, Li, Nb and Ta. In this interview you get to know more about his work.
During the past years Prof. Tom Van Gerven has been the driving force behind the SIM² Research Line “Process Intensification and Digitalisation”. In this interview you get to know more about his research activities & philosophy.
As of August 1, 2020, Thomas Abo Atia is a new postdoc at the SOLVOMET Group (Department of Chemistry). His work will focus on the development of novel, eco-friendly hydrometallurgical extraction, recovery and recycling processes.
Piet Wostyn works as a hybrid project manager & researcher for the SOLVOMET Group (SIM² KU Leuven). His work comprises both EU project management and PhD research on the Social License to Operate of mining & recycling processes.
Jo Van Caneghem is associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven Campus Group T, where she heads the research group ChEMaRTS. Her work focuses on material recovery from thermally processed non-recyclable waste.
Patrick Degryse is professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven and at the faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. He is head of the Archaeometry research unit.
Marion Bechtold is a new IOF innovation manager in the field of innovative materials for a circular economy. She also coordinates the Leuven Materials Research Center (MRC) and represents it at (inter)national platforms.
Rayco Lommelen started his PhD in the SOLVOMET Group at 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.
Liubov Lukina is a PhD student at the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven. She is working on the magnetic separation of rare-earth ions. She has a MSc degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland).
Isadora Reis Rodrigues is a PhD student at the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven. She is working on the magnetic separation of rare-earth ions, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Fransaer and Prof. Koen Binnemans
Dr. Siggi Wodarz works as a postdoc at SIM² KU Leuven in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant project SOLCRIMET (Prof. K. Binnemans). Siggi Wodarz investigates the electrodeposition of critical metals from non-aqueous solvents.
Stylianos Spathariotis is a PhD student at the University of Leicester. In the framework of ETN SOCRATES he is now performing a secondment at KU Leuven, researching the applicability of Deep Eutectic Solvents for metal recovery.
Lukas Gijsemans (Bachelor Degree Chemistry) works as a research associate at the Lab for Inorganic Chemistry. He investigates solvometallurgical methods for industrial case-studies in the KU Leuven C3-SOLMET project.