CosmiClean: an educational game enabling players to be educated on recycling and sustainability in a fun and easy way. Developed by Lugus Studios in collaboration with KU Leuven and other partners of the GAMES project funded by EIT RawMaterials.
Within the SMART project, Nerea Rodriguez et al. have shown that Deep Eutectic Solvents based on carboxylic acids and choline chloride are not stable in time nor at high temperatures. The work was published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
Several PhD-students of the ETN NEW-MINE project will discuss the state-of-the-art of waste management and debate the policy changes needed to foster landfill mining in Europe at the 17th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2019) in Italy.
The EC’s Joint Research Centre has published a milestone report on the recovery of cricial raw materials (CRMs) from mining waste and landfills. SIM² KU Leuven & EURELCO coordinator Peter Tom Jones discusses the key conclusions of the report.
On June 21st, Martina Orefice obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Solvometallurgical recovery of metal values from Sm‒Co and Nd‒Fe‒B permanent magnets”.
Antonio Pedro of the UN International Resource Panel presented several key challenges for ‘mineral resources governance in the 21st century’ during a short webinar. Feedback from the workshop ‘Ensuring the SLO concept is adaptive and resilient’ complemented the debate.
Peter James Joyce, ETN REDMUD researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, won the 2019 SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award.
Lead metallurgy is key to the realization of the Circular Economy. This message from the Socrates policy brief was well received by the attendants and echo’ed further on social media.
Last week the global association for rare-earth industry stakeholders, was officially erected. SIM² KU Leuven is happy to have contributed to this milestone for the global rare earth community and will continue to support “REIA”.
“Ensuring that ‘Social License to Operate’ (SLO) is Adaptive and Resilient” was the topic of a recent workshop organized by EU MIREU (supported by NEMO, CROCODILE & TARANTULA). This article reflects upon the key lessons learned.
The ETN SULTAN team has just released its official (animated) video on the reprocessing of tailings. SULTAN Researcher Jillian Helser explains how the SULTAN target is to transform mining waste (tailings) into valuable products.
MM Milieumagazine, a Dutch monthly magazine that covers clean technologies, has published a feature article on the scarcity of (critical) metals (May 2019, 14-15). SIM² KU Leuven coordinator Peter Tom Jones provided his view on
“Ensuring that ‘Social License to Operate’ (SLO) is Adaptive and Resilient” is the topic of a workshop organized on 5-6 June 2019 by the MIREU project. After the workshop, the NEMO, CROCODILE and TARANTULA projects team
Germanium is a precious metal which is mainly used as a semiconductor in electronics and infrared optic industries, and as a polymerisation catalyst for the production of polyethylene terephthalate. Due to its high supply risk and its high economic importance, germanium is considered as one of Europe’s critical metals.
Marian Jones (11 years, www.kidsforclimate.org) was invited to give one of the three (female) opening speeches at the 2019 European Heat Pump Forum in Brussels. Three generations of women provided a stark reminder about the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.