News Archive – page 2

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.

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.

Artefact SLO Symposium: Five Lessons Learned

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

In this article “Five lessons learned” Peter Tom Jones reflects on the Artefact 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.

To mine or not to mine, that is the question

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

Setting the scene for the ELFM IV Symposium

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. On January 15, 2018, the Final Symposium Programme was released: pdf available here. ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers.

ELFM and EURELCO featured in the Financial Times

January 11th, 2018|3 Comments

Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM.

MSCA-ETN DEMETER: an “EU Success Story”

December 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

ETN DEMETER, which investigates how to extract and recycle rare earth magnets from electric vehicle motors, features on the EC website in the series "Success Stories". Prof. Binnemans (coordinator DEMETER) outlines the challenges.

1st Place Award in the TOP STARS 2017

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

DEMETER researcher F. Coelho (left, image) participated in winning team in EIT RawMaterials TOP STARS 2017 Winter School. The TOP STARS format has been acknowledged as setting a new benchmark for entrepreneurial PhD Schools.

EURARE project is completed

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The EU FP7 EURARE project team has published a concluding project brochure, explaining how Europe can create a sustainable European rare-earth supply chain. A must read!

Meet our researcher: Giovanna Sauve

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Giovanna Sauve was born in Rome, Italy, in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Enhanced landfill mining featured in UK press

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

In a short article journalist Josh Loeb of the award-winning ‘Engineering & Technology’ monthly magazine analyzes how innovative technologies can help retrieving materials buried deep in waste sites.

Meet our researcher: Thupten Palden

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Thupten Palden is a 28 years old young scientist from Tibet. He did his schoolings in India before coming to Europe to pursue higher education. He obtained his BSc in chemistry from 2009 to 2012 at Jacobs University in Bremen, DE

Early bird registration deadline ELFM IV: 1-12-17

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

In the 4th ELFM Symposium (February 5 & 6, 2018, Mechelen) the future of Enhanced Landfill Mining will be discussed. The organisers have just published the completed programme. The early bird registration deadline is December 1, 2017.

G. Bailey & 7th Trilateral Critical Materials

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Gwendolyn Bailey, a KU Leuven researcher in the EU H2020 DEMETER project, presented her work at the high-level 7th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials (October 12, 2017) in Pittsburgh, USA.

Symposium on Social License to Operate (21-2-18)

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth - Stories from Below”, a unique symposium on the Social License to Operate with respect to the mining and recycling of critical metals is taking place on February 21, 2018 (Leuven).

SIM² KU Leuven and the “Leuven Hundreds”

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

On October 16, 2017, The Word Magazine launched the “Leuven Hundreds”: 100 local people who contribute towards making the city what it is today. SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to see that its coordinator is one of them.

DEMETER video wins prize during EC JRC conference

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

During the annual JRC EU4Facts conference in Brussels, the EU MSCA-ETN DEMETER video was awarded as a showcase example on how science can contribute to evidence based policy making.

ELFM IV Symposium programme & registration

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. This week the full Symposium programme was released. Early bird registration is now possible.

EC publishes new list of Critical Raw Materials

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

On September 13, 2017, the EC finally published its updated list of Critical Raw Materials. SIM² KU Leuven will continue to provide recovery/recycling technology for the following CRMs: Sb, Co, Ga, Ge, In, PGMs, REEs and Sc.

In memoriam Prof. Risto Harjula (Helsinki U.)

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven & EREAN/REDMUD are deeply saddened to hear the news that our wonderful colleague, Prof. Risto Harjula (U. Helsinki), has passed away on September 11, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Risto’s family.

SOLVOMET, a new Industrial Service Centre

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

SIM² KU Leuven has just launched “SOLVOMET”, an Industrial Service Centre whose mission is to support its industrial partners in the development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals.