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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.

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: https://new-mine.eu/esr7/.

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.

  • Dzenita Avdibegović receiving her PhD at KU Leuven for her work on REE recovery from bauxite residue

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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!

Inaugural lecture Prof. Jo Van Caneghem (June 6)

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

On June 6, 2018 (16h), Prof. Jo Van Caneghem (CHEMARTS & affiliate SIM² KU Leuven) presents her inaugural ‘Materials Engineering 2018’ lecture on the opportunities of waste-to-energy for material recovery in a circular economy.

Euronews video on Enhanced Landfill Mining

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Euronews-Futuris has just released a new video on Enhanced Landfill Mining, featuring researchers from Montanuniversität Leoben and KU Leuven. The video offers new footage of the Closing the Circle ELFM case in Houthalen.

Meet our SIM² Researcher: Isadora Reis Rodrigues

May 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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

Euronews video on red mud valorisation

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Euronews-Futuris has just released a new documentary video on the reprocessing of red mud (bauxite residue), featuring experts from RWTH Aachen and KU Leuven in the context of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD project.

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Register for Summer School To mine or not to mine

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers are invited to (pre)register for the ETN/EIT Summer School “To mine or not to mine: A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” (September 10-12, 2018, Leuven).

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Siggi Wodarz

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

New Policy Brief on bauxite residue reprocessing

April 18th, 2018|1 Comment

Could “red mud” (bauxite residue) be the answer to some of Europe’s critical-metal supply concerns? That’s the central question addressed in the April 2016 EU MSCA-ETN REDMUD Policy Brief, authored by Dr. T. Baleomenos (Greece).

New “TED-talk” on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM)

April 17th, 2018|6 Comments

In this 15-minute TED-talk for the science dissemination platform “University of Flanders” Peter Tom Jones explains the Enhanced Landfill Mining concept, discussing the challenge to mine landfills in view of resource recovery.

A new association for the global REE industry

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

On March 29, 2018, the kick-off event for GloREIA took place in Brussels. GloREIA is to become a new, global association for the rare earth industry. To kickstart this association EIT RawMaterials provides financial support.

Meet our ULEI/SIM² researcher: S. Spathariotis

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

ETN & EIT Summer School “To mine or not to mine”

March 29th, 2018|1 Comment

On Sep’ 10-12, 2018, the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal & industrial solid waste deposits” is organised in Leuven by ETN SOCRATES/NEW-MINE & EIT KIC IMAGINE

New paper on direct recycling of NdFeB alloys

March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

The colleagues from TU Darmstadt and Fraunhofer IWKS in Germany present material-to-material (direct) recycling approaches for NdFeB magnet alloys. The paper is published in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

NEW-MINE Policy Brief on Enhanced Landfill Mining

March 16th, 2018|3 Comments

The ETN NEW-MINE project has just published a new Policy Brief on the future of Enhanced Landfill Mining in Europe and beyond. The Policy Brief draws Six Lessons Learned from the recent ELFM IV Symposium (February 5-6, 2018).

Meet our SIM² researcher: Lukas Gijsemans

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

New PhD on cobalt & rare-earth solvent extraction

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

On March 9, 2018, Bieke Onghena (SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Ionic liquid solvent extraction (SX) for the recovery of rare earths (REEs) and cobalt (Co).

New Policy Brief on the Social License to Operate

March 14th, 2018|1 Comment

ETN SOCRATES and METGROW+ have published a joint Policy Brief on the Social License to Operate for the Mining and Recycling of Critical Metals, which is meant to stimulate this crucial debate for the EU mining/metallurgy sector.

A world’s first in recycling at Metallo (Beerse)

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

On March 5, 2018, Metallo, the non-ferrous metallurgical company based in Beerse (Belgium), officially presented its new, state-of-the-art “non-transferred arc plasma” furnace, which will be the largest of its kind in the world.

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Following the Social License to Operate Symposium in Leuven (Feb’ 21, 2018, Artefact), Dirk Draulans (a renowned science journalist), produced a three-page article for Knack, Flanders’ leading political (weekly) magazine.

Valorisation of secondary resources: quo vadis?

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

On 21 Feb’ 2017, SIM² KU Leuven attended the closing conference of the INSPIRE project in Cardiff (Wales). Joris Roosen presented KU Leuven’s perspective on the challenges for the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade resources.

SLO Symposium (Artefact): Five Lessons Learned

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

In this article Peter Tom Jones reflects on the Artefact SLO Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining & recycling of critical metals and summarises some key take-home messages. Reactions are welcome.

Trichloride ionic liquids for dissolving metals

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

In the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 ERC SOLCRIMET project KU Leuven researchers have synthesised trichloride ionic liquids (ILs) which can be used for oxidative dissolution of metals and alloys under mild conditions.

ELFM IV (February 2018): Six lessons learned

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

In this article “Six lessons learned” Peter Tom Jones reflects on the 4th International Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium and summarises some key take-home messages. Quo vadis for ELFM? Reactions are welcome.

Extraction of rare earths from bauxite residue

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

In the context of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD project, KU Leuven researchers have published a new method to extract rare earths (REEs) from bauxite residue (red mud) by dry digestion followed by water leaching.

ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

The ELFM IV organising committee has released a 5-minute video (Feb’ 2018), which integrates multiple testimonials and perspectives from the EC, national public bodies, academia, industry and civil society. A great executive summary!

The rare-earth element Balance Problem revisited

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

Umicore announces battery production investments

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

On February 8, 2018, Umicore reported a net profit of 267 million euro in 2017. Concurrently, Umicore announced an investment of 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials for a.o. electric vehicles.

ELFM IV Symposium book has been released

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

The organising committee of the ELFM IV Symposium (Feb’ 5-6, 2018) is happy to share the ELFM IV Symposium Book (ed. Jones & Machiels, Feb’ 2018). ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories.

Houthalen Mayor brings inspiring speech @ELFM IV

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Alain Yzermans, Mayor of Houthalen-Helchteren, delivered an inspiring speech during the opening of the 2nd day of the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (Feb. 6, 2018). The Social License to Operate topic took centre stage.

Critical raw materials: a C2W feature article

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

C2W, the Dutch Journal for Chemistry and Life Sciences, has published a feature article on the EU List of Critical Raw Materials (Nr. 1, 2018). SIM² KU Leuven provided its view on this crucial issue for Europe.

EU MSCA-ETN COSMIC releases first video

January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

ETN COSMIC releases an animation video "Europe on the wave to innovation" to explain the goal and mission of the project to the broader audience. The 15 ESRs were involved in the creation of the movie in cooperation with LIMEL.

EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding by the EC

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

The EU H2020 NEMO project (“Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”) has secured funding by the European Commission.

SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors - Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden - provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues.