Holding a PhD in geology SIM² member Veerle Vandeginste is an associate professor (Dep’ Materials Engineering, KU Leuven-Campus Bruges). Her research is motivated by the challenges of global warming and sustainability.
Prof. Xing Yang (ProCESS/SIM² KU Leuven) has been awarded a prestigious FWO Odysseus Grant (€ 935,000). Her Group will now develop a “Next generation membrane platform for ultra-fast purification in bio-processing”.
SIM2 KU Leuven’s Koen Binnemans and Peter Tom Jones published a Comment article “Rare-earth recycling needs market intervention” in Nature Reviews Materials (IF = 75). The paper was co-authored by magnet expert Paul McGuiness.
SOLVOMET/SIM² researchers have published a critical review paper in the high-impact journal “Chemical Reviews” on the oxidative dissolution of metals in organic solvents, which can offer a solution when aqueous systems fail.
Registrations are open for the Lunch Event “Recycling mining waste, a new business? (27 April 2021, 12.30-13.30 pm CET). Three experts will share their views on the recycling of mining waste, covering a variety of case studies.
SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET researchers have studied millifluidic devices for the non-equilibrium solvent extraction separation of metal ions. The work has been published in the journal Separation and Purification Technology.
In the framework of the SiDrive H2020 project, LCE/SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a dynamic model to forecast the flow of vehicle batteries through the different lifecycle stages. The work was published in Waste Management.
Flanders Metals Valley, the catalyst for a vibrant, climate-neutral and circular metallurgical cluster in Flanders, will be launched on March 31. Stakeholders are warmly invited to get involved in this new, multi-actor organisation.
Researchers from the Montanuniversität Leoben and SIM² KU Leuven have published a review paper on the academic output that was generated within the EU ETN NEW-MINE project on Resource Recovery from Enhanced Landfill Mining.
In a new Journal of Cleaner Production paper, SIM² KU Leuven & University of Tartu investigated the presence of natural radionuclides in bauxite residue subjected to a neutralisation-leaching process and smelting-leaching process.
SOLVOMET/SIM2 KU Leuven researchers developed three methods to recover & purify Pd, Pt and Rh from spent autocatalysts. This work, which was performed in EU PLATIRUS, is featured in journal Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
ProcESS/SIM² KU Leuven researchers investigated the optimal design of translucent photocatalytic structures for the development of small & large-scale photocatalytic reactors. The work was published in Chem. Eng. J.
Prof. Yiannis Pontikes’ burning desire is to convert bauxite residue (et al.) into green building materials. As one of SIM²‘s founding fathers he passionately leads the SREMat Group (Dept. Materials Engineering, KU Leuven).
ProcESS/SIM² KU Leuven researchers precipitated high-quality calcium carbonate (PCC) from synthetic Ca-rich solutions, which resemble the chemical composition of leachates obtained from leaching BOF slags with diluted HCl.
Researchers from Wageningen University and SIM² KU Leuven reviewed recent SLO-literature and concluded that the way how SLO is conceptualised and often implemented in practice, does little to enhance the legitimacy of resource extraction.
Bart Blanpain, one of SIM²‘s founding fathers, is an inspirational KU Leuven Professor leading the HiTemp Group (Dept. Materials Engineering, MTM). His grand mission is to contribute to sustainable metallurgical processing.
SIM² Member Prof. Dimitrios Sakellariou is a Greek KU Leuven Professor working at the cMACS division in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M²S). High-resolution Magnetic Resonance comprises his unique expertise.
Within the framework of the MSCA-ETN SULTAN project SIM² KU Leuven researchers have characterised the historic Zn-Pb mine waste from the tailings pond located at Plombières, East Belgium. The work was published in Minerals.
SIM² KU Leuven, University of Leiden & University of Birmingham researchers carried out the first Life Cycle Inventory on the production of SmCo5 and compared it with NdFeB. The latter represents the more sustainable option.
SOLVOMET/SIM2 KU Leuven researchers developed a process to remove trace concentrations of Cd, Zn and Mn from simulated diluted mine waters via foam separation. The work was published in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.
SOLVOMET/SIM² researchers have enhanced the separation of neodymium and dysprosium by replacing the aqueous phase in their solvent extraction process largely by a green solvent. The work was published in ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng.
Prof. Simon Kuhn is a KU Leuven Professor in the ProcESS division (Department of Chemical Engineering). After obtaining an ERC Starting Grant, he has now also been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his work on novel reactor types.
Join the Zoom webinar on December 21, 2021, on sustainable roofing tiles from secondary resources within the framework of the EIT RawMaterials Upscaling project entitled “RECOVER”.
The EIT RawMaterials AWARE team went to the Zevensprong (Leuven, BE) to talk to 40 primary school kids about the importance of e-waste recycling. Through this experience, the kids were motivated to become real recycling heroes.
Within EU NEMO a bioheapleaching pilot started its operations at the Sotkamo mine in Finland. Its aim is to improve the secondary bioheapleaching process at the mine, boosting the recovery of metals and the removal of sulphides.
SIM² KU Leuven has a new ERC Grantee! Following his ERC Starting Grant, Prof. Simon Kuhn has now also been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his pioneering work on reactors for a more sustainable chemical industry.
In collaboration with TU Berlin, the SIM² KU Leuven Lifecycle Engineering (LCE) research group published a study that provides key knowledge on potential opportunities and limits of repair data for specific repair applications.
SIM² KU Leuven geologists Fernando Araujo, Niels Hulsbosch and Philippe Muchez have succeeded in mapping the lithium-bearing ore minerals montebrasite-amblygonite in pegmatites using Raman spectroscopy.