Anouk Borst recently started as an Assistant Professor at KU Leuven, a job that she combines with her geological research for the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Find out about Anouk’s research in this new SIM² interview.
SIM² KU Leuven / SOLVOMET researcher Dr. Xiaohua (Sharron) Li was awarded the Best Poster Award at the RawMat2021 conference in Athens (5-9 September) for her work on rare-earth metal separation.
SIM² KU Leuven researchers unraveled the electrodeposition behaviour of Ga in a non-aqueous electrolyte. The authors were given the opportunity to design the front cover of the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP).
SIM²/SOLVOMET developed a new solvometallurgical process, using methanesulfonic acid (MSA), for the selective recovery of REEs from spent fluorescent lamps. The work was published in Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research.
In a new paper in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET researchers have revealed the mechanism why FeCl3 facillitates the most efficient extraction of lithium with tri-n-butyl phosphate from magnesium-rich brine.
SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET researchers developed a new closed-loop metal recovery process for NdFeB-based permanent magnets. The work was published in the journal Separation and Purification technology.
SIM² KU Leuven – SOLVOMET/PROCESS researchers developed a new method for the measurement of chlorides in ionic liquids using wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF). The work was published in ACS Omega.
The lifecycle engineering (LCE) research group (SIM² KU Leuven) has explored a new method to classify cast and wrought aluminium scrap. The presented research is an essential step towards improved metal sorting and recycling.
SIM² KU Leuven geologists have revealed a close relationship between the geometry of W-Sn and Nb-Ta-Li bearing hydrothermal veins and pegmatites in Iberia and the deformation processes active during the Variscan orogeny.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven researchers have developed a process to recover antimony from a lead-rich dross and to convert it into antimony oxide chloride (Sb4O5Cl2). The work was published in ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng.
SOLVOMET/SIM² KU Leuven researchers developed a predictive molecular thermodynamic model, enabling a more efficient design of future (battery-grade) cobalt solvent extraction flowsheets. The work was published in ACS Omega.
On April 27 more than 220 people participated in the event “Can the recycling of mining waste become a new business?” Three experts from EC DG ENV, Boliden & Cronimet shared their views. Here are the main lessons learned…
SOLVOMET/SIM2 KU Leuven & VITO researchers developed a process to recover copper from dilute ammoniacal leachates of microwave-roasted Cu-Zn-Pb sulphidic tailings. The work was published in Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.
SIM² researchers have succeeded in electrodepositing the rare earths neodymium & dysprosium at ambient temperatures from organic electrolytes. The paper was offered the front cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
Within the ETN SULTAN project, Wienerberger & SIM² KU Leuven researchers studied the potential blending of sulfidic mining waste in new ceramic roof tiles and blocks. The work was published in Journal of Geochemical Exploration.
With a background in hydrometallurgy and recycling, Giuseppe Granata recently started as an Associate Professor at KU Leuven Campus Group T. His work in Leuven will focus on critical metal recovery from secondary resources.
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.