Methanesulfonic acid (MSA) has proven again to be a suitable lixiviant for the recovery of valuable metals. Within the SMART project, the SOLVOMET group has developed a solvometallurgical process for the selective recovery of lead and silver from industrial residues.
The EU MSCA – ETN CHARMING team is happy to present the first introductory video about their research
The Science, Engineering & Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, has a joint, full-time academic vacancy in the area of metal recovery from
The Detritus Journal dedicated a special issue on resource recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining (December 2019). It includes the results of the NEW-MINE project. These and other findings will be debated during the Fifth ELFM Symposium on February 6, 2020 in Leuven (Belgium).
Minerals established the Best Paper Award to acknowledge the support of the journal’s authors and to recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments.
On 26-11-2019, the KU Leuven Academic Council recognised SIM² KU Leuven as one of the 4 flagship “KU Leuven Institutes” to start their activities on January 1, 2020. The KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals contributes to the eco-friendly production and recycling of metals and minerals.
The Cosmiclean game has been developed by Lugus, KU Leuven, Unversity of Newcastle, Tallinn University of Technology, Arkema and BASF in the frame of an EIT Raw Materials Wider-Society-Learning project. It is contending with three
Abandoned, historical mines can be found all over Europe. Waste present at these sites can cause major environmental problems, with the most commonly known example being acid mine drainage. But is there any business opportunity in re-mining these historical dump sites?
Public acceptance or the ‘Social License to Operate’ is widely acknowledged as the biggest financial risk for the mining sector. Six different perspectives and recommendations coming from six different sectors were debated during a satellite event of the EU Raw Materials Week (22 Nov. 2019).
The ETN NEW-MINE project organizes a dedicated training session on scientific paper writing skills. The training “So, you want to write a scientific paper” is free of charge and will take place on Wednesday February 5, 2020, from 9h00 to 12h30, in Park Inn Hotel in Leuven (Belgium).
The ETN NEW-MINE project organizes a dedicated training session on proposal writing dedicated to the MSCA Individual Fellowships. The training is free of charge and will take place on Wednesday February 5, 2020, from 13h30 to 17h00, in Park Inn Hotel in Leuven (Belgium).
The EU H2020 projects CROCODILE and TARANTULA contributed to the 9th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials
The European Rare Earth Resources Conference ERES 2020 will be held between 6 and 9 of October 2020 in the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece. Following the success of the 1st ERES conference in
The short movie ‘Stairway to Sustainability’ reveals the results of the MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project. The researchers have found ways to transform the various metal-containing industrial process residues into recyclables and high-added value outputs. And they even made a staircase out of it!
Within the SOLCRIMET project (ERC Advanced Grant), SOLVOMET researchers have developed a solvometallurgical process for the separation of yttrium and europium, showing increased efficiency over conventional hydrometallurgical separation routes. The work has been published in Separation and Purification Technology.
T.I.C., the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center has published their latest quarterly newsletter, featuring an article about the decrease in supply chain risk of tantalum of the past decade. T.I.C., as a partner in the EU
Workshop “How to define the impact of new technologies? A workshop on sustainability assessment”
On November 8, 2019, the EIT RawMaterials AWARE consortium is organising a mini-symposium on raising awareness on recycling of electronic waste. The event is co-organised by Recupel, SUMA and SIM² KU Leuven. Registration is now open.
Registrations are open for the satellite event at the EU Raw Materials Week on the “Public Acceptance and Social Impact of Mining and Mineral Recycling in Europe” (Brussels, 22 Nov. 2019). Several policy recommendations for the European Commission will be debated.
The SecREEts project presented its approach on Social License to Operate during an online meeting and compared with the model by Boutilier and Thomson (2011)
The International Tungsten Industry Association (ITIA) has published a valuable 24-page Newsletter on the recycling of tungsten, distinguishing between direct and chemical recycling.
In collaboration with Prof. Andrzej Stankiewicz (TU Delft), two SIM² KU Leuven Professors, Tom Van Gerven and Georgios Stefanidis, have co-written a new book. “The Fundamentals of Process Intensification” has just been released by Wiley.
CaO-FeOx-SiO2 slags can be used as raw material for alkali-activated materials, i.e. a green alternative to Portland cement. In Cement and Concrete Research, KU Leuven & Princeton University researchers reveal new insights into the reaction mechanisms.
Goldschmidt is an annual international conference on geochemistry and this year it took place from August 18-23. During this week I presented my research, attended numerous insightful talks and workshops, and met new and interesting people working on similar (as well as completely different) topics.
Within the SOLCRIMET project (ERC Advanced Grant), Zheng Li et al. discovered that selection of suitable polar solvents can enhance metal separations in liquid-liquid extraction. The work has been published in Chem. Eur. J.
Registration for the 5th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM V; Leuven (Belgium), February 6, 2020) is now open. The event will further develop the lessons learned from ELFM IV and from the 2nd seminar on ELFM in the European Parliament.