Dr. Dominique Jacques’ is developing a metallogenic model to explain the structural emplacement of magmatic-hydrothermal quartz vein and pegmatites, which are enriched in critical metals such as W, Sn, Li, Nb and Ta. In this interview you get to know more about his work.
Find out more about SIM²’s research activities and its thermodynamically-based view on the Circular Economy in this featured article in Geniaal, the house magazine of the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
Can the recycling of sulphidic mining waste become a new business? That’s the question we address in EU NEMO, a multi-partner project that targets the upscaling of distinct innovative pilots. Find out more in this new video.
During the past years Prof. Tom Van Gerven has been the driving force behind the SIM² Research Line “Process Intensification and Digitalisation”. In this interview you get to know more about his research activities & philosophy.
SIM² KU Leuven/SOLVOMET researchers have developed an ammoniacal solvoleaching process to extract copper from high-grade chrysocolla copper silicate ores. The work was published in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.
During the Faculty of Engineering Science (KU Leuven) graduation ceremony, Simon Van den Eynde received the ArcelorMittal award for his MSc Thesis “Investigating the benefits of enhanced alloy-based sorting of aluminium scrap”.
To raise public awareness on the importance of electronic waste as a source of valuable (& critical) materials, the EIT RawMaterials AWARE team has launched three brand new animated videos in collaboration with Storyrunner.
SIM² KU Leuven/SOLVOMET researchers have unravelled the effect of dissolved chloride salts on the structure of water and on the complex formation of metal ions with chlorides. The work was published in the journal Inorganic Chemistry.
SIM² KU Leuven/SOLVOMET researchers have developed a green process to extract gold from anode slimes, using the biobased diethyl carbonate (DEC) as extractant. The work was published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
Recently the EC published its updated, fourth list of Critical Raw Materials. In this article Martina Orefice (SIM² KU Leuven) assesses the (increased) criticality of Nb, Ta and W, the target metals for EU TARANTULA.
Researchers from KTH published a paper (Journal of Cleaner Production) on pyrolysis experiments on excavated waste in a lab-scale reactor. The work was performed in the context of the Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) concept.
Ioanna Maria Pateli and colleagues from the University of Leicester used Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) to extract various metal oxides. Read more about their work which was published in Green Chemistry.
The EU’s metallurgical infrastructure is a cornerstone of the EU Green Deal; that is the title of the final SOCRATES Policy Brief, authored by the colleagues from Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology.
Referring to the Greek mythological figure of Tantalus, Seftel Elena Mihaela (VITO) and Martina Orefice (KU Leuven) explain the concept of the TARANTULA project in this new animated video: “Recycling the strongest metals”.
Blog article by Early Stage Researcher Marianna Pateli (ETN SOCRATES) who recycled rare-earth elements (REEs) from spent fluorescent lamps using a solvometallurgical approach, using mild and green solvents.
ETN SOCRATES researchers investigated the use of glycine to recover gold and potentially other valuable metals from ores. The results have been published in the Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly.
In a new paper published in Hydrometallurgy, researchers from VTT and Boliden developed a bioleaching process to recover cobalt from low-grade sulphide tailings. The work received funding from the EU NEMO project.
The past four years, 15 early stage researchers were trained by the NEW-MINE project to develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly practices and regulatory frameworks for Enhanced Landfill Mining. They found innovative ways to convert the waste streams into recyclables and high-added value outputs.
To mine or not to mine our 500,000+ landfills in Europe, that was the question addressed in MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE. In this final Policy Brief, the project coordinator addresses the impact of climate change on the safety of landfills.
In three webinars, expert panelists will explore ways “Towards a responsible Supply Chain for Electronics – From Mining to Manufacturing” and analyse the different links in the ICT supply chain, from e.g. copper production, to artisanal and small-scale mining, and worker rights in manufacturing.
The EIT-Labelled Master Programme in Sustainable Materials (SUMA) has received a funding from EIT Raw Materials to continue educating high-level EU & international students in the field of materials science and engineering.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a novel solvometallurgical approach to extract indium from an ethylene glycol feed solution by the ionic liquid Cyphos IL 101. This work was published in the journal RSC Advances.
SIM² KU Leuven and MRC are delighted to announce that they secured funding for a new EIT RawMaterials education project (DocSumECE), comprising several PhD summer schools on Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy in 2021-22.
SIM² KU Leuven researchers, together with colleagues from Ghent and Cranfield University, reconstructed the exploitation of antimony 4,000 years back, by developing a new approach to sourcing ancient mines using Sb isotope ratios.
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.