SIM² KU Leuven has secured Horizon Europe funding for the IA EXCEED project, which stands for “Cost-effective, sustainable and responsible extraction routes for recovering distinct critical metals and industrial minerals as by-products from key EU hard-rock lithium projects”.
During 4 days, young students and researchers from 9 different institutions gathered in Sweden to visit mines, smelters, R&D centers and industrial plants. Here is the report of Carlos Quintero (SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven).
In May 2020 the SOLVOMET Group filed the patent application “Method for producing battery grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate” that became public in November 2021. The first part of the patented flowsheet is now disclosed in JSM.
On June 8, 2022, Panagiotis Xanthopoulos (SOLVOMET/SIM2 & MSCA-ETN SULTAN) obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry. He successfully defended his PhD thesis “Recovery of metal ions from dilute aqueous solutions by ion flotation”.
Within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project NEMO, SOLVOMET/SIM2 researchers have compared the effect of mixer-settlers and agitated columns on the separation of cobalt and nickel with Cyanex 272.
On June 3, 2022, 85 SIM²/MRC members participated in the Event “Pushing the boundaries of advanced materials characterisation”, where the pros and cons of techniques incl. QXRD, EPMA, Raman, LA-ICP-MS, APT and IBA were discussed.
SOLVOMET/SIM² researchers have published their research on the effect of polar organic solvents on the solvent extraction process for rare-earth separation. The research was performed in the framework of the H2020 project NEMO.
To remine or not to remine extractive waste in Europe? That was the core question during the symposium “(Re)Mining Extractive Waste, A new business?” (Mechelen, May 17-18, 2022). SIM² Director Peter Tom Jones summarises the main lessons learned.
On March 10, 2022, the joint NEMO/CROCODILE/TARANTULA expert panel discussed the “Global perspectives on the reprocessing of mine tailings”. The objective was to find common ground and to enable the elaboration of specific EU policy recommendations.
SIM² KU Leuven has secured Horizon Europe funding for the RIA ENICON project, which stands for “Sustainable processing of Europe’s low-grade sulphidic and lateritic nickel/cobalt ores and tailings into battery-grade metals”.
SIM² KU Leuven’s HiTemp Group developed an innovative experimental setup to measure the electrical conductivity of slag while observing slag crystallisation. The results were published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The Lifecycle Engineering research group (SIM²) has explored a new procedure to identify EoL electrical products by evaluating an image of the device’s product label. The work was published in Journal of Industrial Ecology.
SOLVOMET/SIM² researchers have published their research on a solvometallurgical process for the recovery of cobalt from lithium-ion batteries in Green Chemistry. The research was performed within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project CROCODILE.
Within the context of EU NEMO, SIM² KU Leuven/SOLVOMET researchers developed a non-aqueous solvent extraction process for the separation of heavy rare earths (HREEs). The work was published in Separation & Purification Technology.
The Lifecycle Engineering research group (LCE/SIM² KU Leuven) has explored a new methodology for mass estimation and classification of scrap metals using Deep Learning. The work was published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
SIM² KU Leuven geologists have described the occurrence of Nb and Ta oxide minerals associated with complex phosphate mineral assemblages in phosphorus-rich pegmatites. The work is published in the American Mineralogist.
With a background in igneous petrology and magmatic processes, Olivier Namur recently started as an Assistant Professor at SIM² KU Leuven. Find out about Olivier’s exciting research in this new SIM² interview.
Can mining waste become a raw material for (circular) construction materials? In this new video, the EU MSCA-ETN SULTAN team highlights the project results in terms of remining present day and historical sulphidic tailings.
Within the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project, Jennifer Astoveza investigated the possibility to add iron-rich slag as a supplementary cementitious material (SCM) in distinct calcium aluminate containing cement systems.
Lorien Luyckx (ChEMaRTS-SIM² KU Leuven) obtained her PhD for her work on the extraction of phosphorus – a critical raw material – from biowaste incineration ash, in view of its recovery and reintroduction into the phosphorus cycle.
SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET researchers have studied the metathesis or anion-exchange of ionic liquids in a lab-scale, counter-current mixer-settler set-up. The work was published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
Within the EU ETN SULTAN and PEACOC projects, SOLVOMET/SIM2 KU Leuven and VITO researchers developed a process to recover copper, zinc and lead from chloride leachates of PV residues. The work was published in RSC Advances.
SOLVOMET/SIM² researchers have published a critical review paper in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research on the different systems and mechanisms of non-aqueous solvent extraction, providing a framework for future processes.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a conceptual flowsheet for the non-aqueous recovery of tungsten from low-grade scheelite sources. The work was published in the journal Industrial and Chemical Engineering Research.
The lifecycle engineering research group (LCE/SIM² KU Leuven) has developed a grasping method that allows to pick unknown-randomly oriented WEEE objects with a vacuum gripper. The work was published in J. Intell. Robot. Syst.
SULTAN, the EU Training Network for the remediation and reprocessing of sulphidic mining waste sites, has launched its long-awaited Thematic Section in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, comprising 10 research papers.
Within the EU H2020 ETN SULTAN project, Wienerberger, VITO & SIM2 KU Leuven researchers succeeded in blending up to 20 wt% of mining waste into ceramics. The work was published in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven developed a solvometallurgical process to regenerate and reuse the anionic collector SDS and to strip copper from foam phases produced after the ion flotation of Cu-Zn dilute ammoniacal leachates.
The lifecycle engineering research group (LCE/SIM² KU Leuven) has developed a method that allows to add alloy-level resolution to the International Aluminium Institute’s Global Flow Model, supporting improved sorting & recycling.
The 2-day symposium “(Re)Mining extractive waste, a new business?” gathers leading experts in the field of (re)mining of mining-related waste, with a focus on the tailings that arise during the mining and processing of sulphidic ores.