News Archive – page 2

Financieel & Administratief Manager SOLVOMET Group

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

De SOLVOMET Group (KU Leuven, Dept. Chemie) is op zoek naar een Financieel en Administratief Manager (FAM). Als FAM ben je mee verantwoordelijk voor de beheersmatige ondersteuning van het hoofd van de onderzoeksgroep.

Green slag valorisation is now an industrial success story

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

On April 1-5, 2019, the 6th Slag Valorisation Symposium took place. More than 200 persons experienced at first hand that slag valorisation has been transformed from an academic concept into an industrial success story.

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Chemiemagazine features SIM²’s view on critical metals

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Chemiemagazine, a Dutch monthly magazine of the Chemical Industry, has published a feature article on the scarcity of (critical) metals and other raw materials (March 2019, 40-42). SIM² KU Leuven provided its view on this crucial issue for Europe.

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Senior Academic Position (Group T/KUL – hydrometallurgy)

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Interested in a full-time Senior academic open position ("hydrometallurgy for urban mining")? Check out the new position at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering, Campus Group T/KU Leuven.

SOCRATES Press Release on the importance of lead metallurgy

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

The SOCRATES team launched a Press Release on its recent Policy Brief "Lead Metallurgy is Fundamental to the Circular Economy", claiming the EU’s circular economy plans risk stalling if regulators pursue ill-judged restrictions.

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WRF COCOON workshop on landfill management: lessons learned

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

On February 26, 2019, the Interreg Europe project COCOON hosted a workshop on “Landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” at the World Resources Forum in Antwerp (Belgium). All presentations are now available.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Prof. Philippe Muchez

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Philippe Muchez is professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven and dean of the Faculty of Science. His is head of the Ore Geology and Geofluids research unit and leads the ETN SULTAN project.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Niels Hulsbosch

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Niels Hulsbosch is a FWO postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Geology. He is a member of the research group of Prof. Philippe Muchez who leads the SIM² research line on Geological exploration and advanced resource characterization.

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Looking back on the DEMETER Concluding Symposium

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

On February 5-7, 2019, the DEMETER Concluding Symposium took place in Leuven. Around 70 experts from 38 organisations and 11 countries participated in the debate about the future of Electric Vehicles and the role of rare-earth permanent magnet phases and motors.

Why restricting lead (Pb) metallurgy is a bad idea

February 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Recently the use of lead is being called into question by some policy makers. To provide a firm metallurgical background on its crucial role in the Circular Economy, the EU ETN SOCRATES team has just published a new Policy Brief.

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How circular is the household metal packaging cycle?

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers at SIM² KU Leuven & VVSG investigated the circularity of the household metal packaging cycle in Flanders. They found remarkable discrepancies between experimental (sorting) data and reported literature data.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Joren van Stee

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Joren van Stee is doing his PhD at SIM² KU Leuven in the research group of Prof. Tom Van Gerven. His topic is solvent extraction in milliflow systems. Find out more about Joren van Stee and his work in this new SIM² interview.


Denis Gontcharov for president of EIT Raw Materials Alumni

January 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Denis Gontcharov, a graduate of EIT Labelled Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA), which train the entrepreneurs for the future circular economy, has been nominated as president of the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Board.

New PhD on innovative technologies for REE recovery

January 25th, 2019|0 Comments

On January 23rd, 2018, Rodolfo Marin Rivera obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. He successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled ‘Innovative technologies for rare earth element recovery from bauxite residue‘.

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COCOON workshop at World Resources Forum (26-2-19, Antwerp)

January 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

In the framework of the iconic World Resources Forum 2019 (Antwerp), the Interreg Europe COCOON project team is hosting the workshop “landfill management: from landfill to useful resource” on February 26, 2019.

New video released on first recyclable e-motor (EU DEMETER)

January 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

ETN DEMETER proudly presents the flagship product of this 4 year-project: the first recyclable e-motor based on recycled NdFeB magnets. Featuring two of the DEMETER Researchers, the video highlights the e-motor’s ecobenefits.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Prof. Valérie Cappuyns

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Prof. Valérie Cappuyns is professor at the Faculty of Economics & Business (Campus Brussels). She works in the interdisciplinary research group CEDON. Find out more about Valérie Cappuyns in this SIM² interview.

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5 Lessons learned from 2nd ELFM European Parliament Seminar

December 17th, 2018|0 Comments

How is Europe going to deal with the legacy of more than 500,000 landfills? More than 50 experts debated this question during the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (November 20, 2018), which was

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Dr. Annelies Malfliet

December 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Dr. Annelies Malfliet is research expert at the Department of Materials Engineering, where she works in the research group of High Temperature Processes and Industrial Ecology. She coordinates the HiTemp Industrial Service Centre.

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24 students take on the (EIT RawMaterials) SUMA challenge

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

The EIT-labelled Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA) welcomed 24 enthusiastic students in September 2018. This 3rd cohort is the biggest cohort for SUMA so far, with selected candidates coming from all over the world.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Rayco Lommelen

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

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Science for Society: interview with Binnemans and Jones

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

In the Science@leuven Journal (Issue 62, p. 14-17) Siska Waelkens interviewed Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones about their work in the field of sustainable metallurgy and their wider research valorisation strategy.

Gwendolyn Bailey (DEMETER): “MSCA Fellow of the Week”

November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Gwen Bailey, ESR 15 in EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER, was selected as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Association Fellow of the Week. Gwen will feature in the panel debate “Are REEs still critical?” in the DEMETER Symposium (February 2019).

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Networking on CRMs: NEMO, CROCODILE and DEMETER present!

November 26th, 2018|0 Comments

On 12-11-2018, NEMO, CROCODILE and DEMETER were presented at the 2nd annual Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) event, which was co-organised by the European Commission and the H2020 project SCRREEN during the Raw Materials Week.

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2nd ELFM EP Seminar shows Landfill Directive’s blind spots

November 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

On 20-11-2018, the 2nd ELFM EP Seminar took place. A full house of experts participated in an interactive debate about developing a dynamic landfill management strategy for Europe. Peter Tom Jones provides a first analysis.

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Call for papers for Thematic Issue on ELFM in Detritus

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

EURELCO and the EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining (ETN NEW-MINE) call for papers on Enhanced Landfill Mining for a Thematic Issue in the IWWG Journal Detritus (Deadline: 11-6-2019).

HRE-free, free RE and RE-free magnets: vision & reality

November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Following their milestone achievements on rare earth (RE) high-performance magnets, Prof. Gutfleisch et al. (TU Darmstadt) published a landmark paper on the vision and reality of heavy RE-free, free RE and RE-free magnets.

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Why ELFM needs to be politically acknowledged in Europe

November 5th, 2018|0 Comments

In preparation of the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (20-11-2018), ETN NEW-MINE has published a new Policy Brief: “Why Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) needs to be politically acknowledged to facilitate sustainable management of European landfills”.

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SINTEF has reached the final for the Innovation Radar Prize

November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

SINTEF has reached the final for the Innovation Radar Prize in the category "Best Early Stage Innovation 2018" for its work on a process for recovering platinum group metals (PGM) from PGM-containing waste.

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Register for the 6th EURELCO General Assembly (21-11-2018)

October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The 6th EURELCO General Assembly meeting takes place on November 21, 2018 at the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM, Belgium). The GA is organised the day after the 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP in Brussels. Registration is now open.

Prometia’s Techtour in Belgium was a major success

October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

On 9-11 October 2018, Prometia organised its 2018 Prometia Techtour in Belgium, with stops in Liège, Leuven and Antwerp. SIM² KU Leuven hosted two lab visits and several seminars. Andrea Martos (IDENER) liked what she saw.

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New Mg–REEs alloys developed within the EU Remaghic project

October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Within the EU Remaghic project, new REEs and Mg recovery processes have been developed from a selection of waste streams in order to produce new low cost competitive alloys for the automotive, biomedical and aeronautic industry.

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Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

ETN DEMETER (Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles) organises the DEMETER Closing Symposium in Feb’ 2019 (together with SIM² KU Leuven, GloREIA and Valeo).

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Register for 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP (20-11-2018)

October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Three years after the 1st ELFM Seminar in the EP, the 2nd Seminar – entitled “Towards a dynamic landfill management and mining strategy for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills” – takes place on November 20, 2018. Registration is now open.

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Reflections on the Summer School “To mine or not to mine?”

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

On September 10-12, 2018, the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” took place in Leuven. 43 researchers participated.

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Open ESR position at KTH Stockholm in ETN NEW-MINE

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining is urgently looking for a pyrolysis expert to start a Licentiate Thesis at KTH Stockholm (Sweden). Applicants can apply here:

EU “Raw Materials Week” 2018 (November 12-16)

October 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Following the success of the Raw Materials Week 2017, the 3rd edition of the EU "Raw Materials Week", organised by the European Commission, will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November 2018 in Brussels.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Giacomo Damilano

October 5th, 2018|0 Comments

In December 2016, Giacomo Damilano started his PhD studies at KU Leuven researching the synthesis of novel Ionic Liquids starting from renewable materials,in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project.

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Gwen Bailey wins 2018 MSCA award for science dissemination

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Gwendolyn Bailey, Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at KU Leuven in the EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER project, consistently endeavours to communicate science to a broad audience. She has now won the 2018 MSCA award for science dissemination.

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Circular Economy & Raw material experts meet in Vienna

September 28th, 2018|0 Comments

The EU project CROCODILE will organise a session on Cobalt recovery during Going Green CARE INNOVATION 2018 on Nov 28 2018 in Vienna (Austria). The event is highly relevant for experts working on raw materials and circular economy

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Quo vadis SIM MaRes? Can low-grade residues be valorised?

September 28th, 2018|0 Comments

On 17-9-2018 the Sounding Board of the SIM MaRes programme took place in Leuven to realign the programme with current needs in industry. René Wiersma (Shell) gave a lecture on the use of solvents in mining & metallurgy.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Brecht Dewulf

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Brecht Dewulf started his PhD in the Lab of Inorganic Chemistry supervised by Prof. Koen Binnemans. He is interested in non-aqueous solvent extraction for the separation of rare earths.

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Deep Eutectic Solvents, Fifty Shades of Grey and Brexit

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

In their “Fifty Shades of Grey” project, Stelios Spathariotis and Prof. Andy Abbott (both University of Leicester) used Deep Eutectic Solvents to create a Union Jack art piece made by fifty different spots of metal colour…

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Milestone biohydrometallurgy event in Orléans on 10-10-2018

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

PROMETHEE & BRGM are organising a milestone workshop dedicated to biohydrometallurgy on October 10, 2018. The event is highly relevant for researchers working in the EU projects CROCODILE, NEMO, METGROW+, ETN SULTAN & SOCRATES...

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Prof. Binnemans wins LeCoq de Boisbaudran award at ICfE-10

September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Prof. Koen Binnemans was given the LeCoq de Boisbaudran award for his “outstanding and long-lasting contribution” in the field of rare earth recycling. The prize was awarded at ICfE-10 (Sep’ 3–6, 2018) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Why the EV industry must work together with REE producers

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

In a new DEMETER Policy Brief, Gwendolyn Bailey and Karel Van Acker (KU Leuven) motivate why the time has come for the electric-vehicle industry (EV industry) to start working together with the producers of rare earths (REEs).

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Solving the fines problem in ELFM: a review

September 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers in the ETN NEW-MINE project have published a milestone review paper in the Journal Detritus. The paper discusses the potential process routes for the fines fraction obtained in Enhanced Landfill Mining projects.

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Steff Van Loy

August 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Steff Van Loy is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. His work targets the implementation of mechanochemical methods for recycling of critical metals from industrial waste streams.

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New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

August 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

On July 2nd, 2018, Dženita Avdibegović (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue leachates by functionalised sorbents‘.

Call for applicants: 15 PhD positions in CHARMING

August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

The EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN CHARMING consortium is looking for a dynamic team of 15 bright and enthusiastic PhD students. The call for applicants is now officially open. PhD candidates need to apply on-line through the CHARMING application tool. The deadline for on-line applications is October 15, 2018. 

Students establish metal packaging recycling rate

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

According to FostPlus recycling rates of household metal packaging are almost 100% in Belgium. Chemical Engineering students of KU Leuven Campus Group T have, however, established that the real recycling rate is only about 65%.

2nd ELFM Seminar in European Parliament: 20/11

July 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Three years after the first ever Seminar on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the European Parliament, EURELCO can now announce it will organise a follow-up EP Seminar on 20-11-2018, co-organised by ETN NEW-MINE and SIM² KU Leuven.

Two new peer-reviewed papers on ELFM in Detritus

July 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Detritus, the new International Waste Working Group (IWWG) journal for Waste Resources and Residues has just published two articles on (Enhanced) Landfill Mining, which were developed through the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project.

New EU H2020 MSCA-ETN coming soon: meet CHARMING

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven has secured funding for a new EU H2020 MSCA-ETN project focusing on Chemical Engineering Immersive Learning. This unique project will be implemented under the acronym CHARMING. The targeted start date is 1-11-2018.

Call for applicants: 15 PhD positions in SULTAN

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions in the new EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN SULTAN project (EU Training Network for the Remediation and Reprocessing of Sulfidic Mining Waste Sites). Deadline for applications is 15-8-2018.

Apply for EIT RM Master in Sustainable Materials

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

The Master programmes in Sustainable Materials (SUMA) are inviting students to register for this challenging programme on sustainable materials.

Umicore vacancy: Innovation Project Manager

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

For its Group Research & Development located in Olen (Belgium), Umicore is currently looking for an Innovation Project Manager. This is a final call for candidates with a PhD or Master degree in chemical, metallurgical or environmental engineering.

New EU H2020 MSCA-ETN coming soon: meet SULTAN

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that it has secured funding for a new ETN project focusing on the Remediation and Reprocessing of Sulfidic Mining Waste Sites. The project is called SULTAN. Targeted start date: 1-9-2018.

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Liubov Lukina

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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).

EIT PyroFlex service platform is now active

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

PyroFlex is an EIT RawMaterials funded project, which offers a network of pyrometallurgical infrastructure and expertise for residue treatment. The PyroFlex team invites you to submit a request via its web-based service platform!