Prof. Koen Binnemans (SOLVOMET) has obtained ERC funding for developing a novel (solvometallurgical) concept for battery-grade refining of lithium. Binnemans’ SOLVOLi project is one of 55 newly awarded ERC Proof of Concept Grants.
“Solvent extraction at Chalmers has given us a new insight, figuratively speaking it is like a new form of vision”, says Mark Foreman, Associate Professor in Nuclear Chemistry/Industrial Materials Recycling and one of the authors behind a scientific paper recently published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
In March 2015 the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (JSM) launched its first issue. Now, just more than 5 years, JSM obtained its first Impact Factor. With a score of 2,109, the journal ranks second among TMS journals for 2019.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a novel solvometallurgical approach to recover cobalt from Li-ion battery cathode materials. This work was supported by EU H2020 CROCODILE and published in the journal Green Chemistry.
A research paper by EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES researchers was applauded as a 2020 HOT Green Chemistry article. In this paper the authors developed novel methods for selective gold extraction from hydrometallurgical solutions.
SIM² KU Leuven/SOLVOMET researchers studied how a variation of the halide extraction medium affects the separation of precious and base metals using an undiluted ionic liquid. The work was published in ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.
Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilization – an educational and communication programme HydroMetEC is a lifelong learning program organized within EIT Raw Materials academy, coordinated by NTNU. It will educate engineers from industry, scientist at RTOs,
In the first official SIM² interview on the KU Leuven website, SIM² Director Peter Tom Jones explains the new KU Leuven Institute for Metals & Minerals’ view on the Circular Economy, against the background of the Corona pandemic.
Together with colleagues from the Universities of Bath and Leeds, SIM² KU Leuven researchers have published a critical review paper on alkali-activation of clay minerals in the journal Cement and Concrete Research.
SIM² KU Leuven researchers have developed a new solvometallurgical extraction process to produce copper from sulphidic copper ore minerals (e.g. chalcopyrite), allowing to reduce the eco-footprint of primary copper production.
SIM² KU Leuven member Prof. Erik Smolders contributed to a milestone paper in The Lancet Planetary Health. A team of Belgian and Congolese researchers studied the effects of mining-related pollution on newborns in Katanga, DRC.
SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET researchers have developed a novel solvent extraction system to remove magnesium from lithium-rich solutions, allowing a major reduction of the eco-footprint of lithium recovery from brines.
Piet Wostyn works as a hybrid project manager & researcher for the SOLVOMET Group (SIM² KU Leuven). His work comprises both EU project management and PhD research on the Social License to Operate of mining & recycling processes.
The KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals (SIM² KU Leuven v2.0) is up and running. Peter Tom Jones presents the status quaestionis and proudly launches SIM²’s – thermodynamically-proof – Circular Economy scheme.
A BBC Future article featuring Ana Maria Martinez (SINTEF) illustrates that old electronics are domestic mines of precious metals. Martina Orefice (SIM² KU Leuven) provides further background referring to several EU projects.
“The Missing Link of the Circular Economy 2.0” video shows why the waste of the past cannot be consigned to oblivion. A comprehensive Circular Economy vision should, therefore, find answers for Europe’s 500,000+ landfills.
The prominent journal Green Chemistry has selected a JSI paper as a “2020 Green Chemistry Hot Article”. The paper by Xuan Xu et al, is the result of pioneering work performed in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN DEMETER project.
Steelmaking processes generate diverse by-products. The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy published a review paper on pyrometallurgical valorisation techniques. However, BOF sludge, as targeted in SAMEX, remains a huge challenge.
How feasible is the transition to a climate-neutral economy (European Green Deal) in terms of the availability of the required (critical) metals? During the March 12 Seminar in Brussels an expert panel tried to provide answers.
How sustainable is artisanal cobalt mining in DR Congo? That’s the research question which was addressed in a Nature Sustainability paper by a group of researchers of the University of Lubumbashi in collaboration with a team from KU Leuven.
“Critical Raw Materials”, such as the iconic “rare earths”, are gaining more and more attention. Less-known CRMs are tungsten, niobium and tantalum, which are targeted in EU TARANTULA. Martina Orefice (SIM² KU Leuven) investigates why these elements are critical and what TARANTULA can do about that.
Researchers from the SREMat Group (SIM² KU Leuven) have published a critical review paper on the potential transformation of bauxite residue (“red mud”) into valuable building materials, trying to “put things in perspective”.
On October 14th to 16th the T.I.C. held its 60th General Assembly (conference and AGM) in Hong Kong SAR, China. This event is the world’s leading international tantalum-niobium conference, and this year, despite the negative
Researchers from the ChEMaRTS Research Group (KU Leuven Campus Group T) have developed a method for the extraction of phosphorus from wastewater treatment sludge ash. The work was published in Science of the Total Environment.
“The Dark Side of the Circular Economy” is the title of the ELFM V Symposium Aftermovie (5-2-2020). Referring to the EC’s pending Circular Economy Action Plan the video highlights one major blind spot in this plan. How will we deal with the waste of the past?
Within the European ITN EREAN project, researchers from Fraunhofer and TU Darmstadt studied the influence of Ce and La substitution in NdFeB magnets by fast solidification and hydrogen treatments. The results were published in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials and Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
Jo Van Caneghem is associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven Campus Group T, where she heads the research group ChEMaRTS. Her work focuses on material recovery from thermally processed non-recyclable waste.
Register now for a seminar on “Green transition challenged by the metal supply chain”. The event takes place on March 12, 2020 in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels (Belgium). Various EU H2020 projects will cluster around the challenges they face.
“Inconvenient truths of the circular economy” is the title of an interview with prof. Markus Reuter for the Aurubis magazine in which the main challenges and opportunities of recycling and the circular economy are analyzed.