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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #13
[MARCH 1, 2018]

Dear partners of SIM² KU Leuven,

In this 14th SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter we bring you a number of exciting developments in the domain of reprocessing of bauxite residue (red mud). We congratulate Metallo with its new state-of-the-art plasma furnace for transforming low-grade resources into metals and minerals and we share KU Leuven’s view on the challenges for zero-waste valorisation of (critical) metal-containing residues. We reflect upon Enhanced Landfill Mining and report on the new Global Association for the rare-earth industry. The present Newsletter also features a number of new publications and events, which will assist the transition to a low (fossil) carbon, circular economy. (PTJ, Leuven, April 19, 2018). 

ETN REDMUD POLICY BRIEF ON REPROCESSING OF BAUXITE RESIDUE



The answers to the current raw-material supply challenges being faced by Europe lie in technological innovations that increase the efficiency of resource utilisation and allow the exploitation of yet untapped resources, such as industrial waste streams and metallurgical by-products. One of the key industrial residues that is currently not or only poorly valorised is bauxite residue (BR, more commonly known as “red mud”) from alumina refineries. Could “red mud” be the answer to some of Europe’s critical-metal supply concerns? That’s the central question addressed in the April 2016 EU MSCA-ETN REDMUD Policy Brief, authored by one of Europe’s finest red mud experts, i.e. Dr. Thymis Balomenos (Aluminium of Greece).

Download ETN REDMUD Policy Brief here >
Register for the 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation Conference (7-10 May 2018, Athens) here >

MARKET WATCH: METALLO’S NEW PLASMA FURNACE



On March 5, 2018, in the presence of the Flemish Minister for Nature, Environment and Agriculture, Joke Schauvliege, Metallo officially presented its new, state-of-the-art plasma furnace for transforming low-grade resources into metals and minerals. Metallo, a strategic long-term research partner for SIM² KU Leuven and a Beneficiary in the EU H2020 ETN SOCRATES project, can be proud to launch this new “non-transferred arc plasma” furnace, which will be the largest of its kind in the world. It shows there’s a bright and green future for plasma-based pyrometallurgy, offering a valuable instrument for the “new metallurgical toolbox of the 21st Century”! Congratulations Metallo!

Read the full article here >

ZERO-WASTE REPROCESSING?



On 21 February 2017, SIM² KU Leuven attended in Cardiff (Wales) the closing conference of the INSPIRE (UK) project. This project targeted the “in-situ resource extraction from waste repositories”. During a well-received keynote lecture, Joris ROOSEN, post-doctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Binnemans, presented SOLVOMET’s perspective on the challenges for the zero-waste (re)processing of low-grade primary and secondary resources. A (self-)critical analysis worth finding about…

Read the article & download presentation here >

NEW PUBLICATIONS



PhD thesis Bieke Onghena ‘Ionic liquid solvent extraction (SX) for the recovery of rare earths and cobalt’. Download >
Z. Li, et al., Separation of transition metals from rare earths by non-aqueous solvent extraction from ethylene glycol solutions using Aliquat 336, Separation and Purification Technology, 201, 318–326 (2018) – Download >
D. Avdibegović, et al., Efficient separation of rare earths recovered by a supported ionic liquid from bauxite residue leachate, RSC Advances, 8, 11886 – Download >
N.K. Batchu, K. Binnemans, Effect of the diluent on the solvent extraction of neodymium(III) by bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA), Hydrometallurgy, 177, (2018), 146–151 – Download >
More research papers can be found here >

TED-TALK ELFM



SIM² KU Leuven & EURELCO coordinator Peter Tom Jones was invited to provide a TED-talk in Mechelen for the University of Flanders. In a 15 minute-talk (in Dutch) Jones explains the Enhanced Landfill Mining concept, covering the role of landfills in the present economy and the challenge to mine them in view of land & resource recovery. The University of Flanders offers a forum to Flemish universities to disseminate their most exciting research endeavours to a wider audience.

Watch the TED-talk video here >

NEW REE ASSOCIATION



There are industry associations for nearly all metals, but rare-earth metals (REEs) (which are among the most contentious) have not found an association to promulgate them into a sustainable industry. To fill this gap and to make to strategy for new association, representatives from around 40 rare earth mining, separation companies, metal, magnet manufacturers, automotive suppliers, NGOs, universities and EU institutions gathered in Brussels on 29th March under the umbrella of GloREIA project sponsored by EIT RawMaterials, the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide, whose vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe.

Read the GloREIA press statement here >
More information about EIT RawMaterials >

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7-05-2018 – 9-05-2018. Visit website here >
  • Symposium on urban mining and circular economy, Bergamo, Italy – 21-05-2018 – 23-05-2018. Visit website here >
  • EC Workshop on Social Acceptance in the European Raw Materials Sector, Brussels, 5-06-2018. More info to follow soon.
  • 3rd MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum, Skopje, Macedonia, 12-6-2018 – 14-6-2018. Visit website here >
  • 10th International Conference on f-Elements (ICFE-10), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), 3-9-2018 – 6-9-2018. Visit website here >
  • Joint SOCRATES, NEW-MINE, EIT RawMaterials Summer School “To mine or not to mine?”, Leuven, Belgium, 10-09-2018 – 12-09-2018. Visit website here and register >
  • 7th EuCheMS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuCheMSIL 2018), Lisbon, Portugal, 7-10-2018 – 12-10-2018. Visit website here >
  • 6th International Slag Valorisation Symposium – Science, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Pursuit of a Sustainable World, Mechelen, Belgium, 1-04-2019 – 5-04-2019. Visit website here >

SIM² KU LEUVEN ?

SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to perform cutting-edge fundamental, strategic and applied research contributing to cost-effective, zero-waste valorisation of End-of-Life waste, mining waste and industrial process residues, covering the full value recycling/recovery chain.



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #13
[MARCH 1, 2018]

Dear partners of SIM² KU Leuven,

To mine or not to mine, that is the question… for this 13th SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter, in which we report on two recent Symposia we co-organised with EIT RawMaterials and other (inter)national organisations: ELFM IV in Mechelen (Feb’ 5-6, 2018) and the Social License to Operate Artefact Symposium in Leuven (Feb’ 21, 2018). These two events stimulated some highly relevant discussions in the Raw Materials community. We reflect on key Lessons Learned and welcome your feedback. The present Newsletter also features a number of new publications and projects, which will assist the transition to a low (fossil) carbon, circular economy. (PTJ, Leuven, March 1, 2018).

ARTFEFACT SLO SYMPOSIUM: FIVE LESSONS LEARNED



Artefact SLO Symposium
On 21 February 2018 the Symposium on ‘Transitioning to a low-carbon economy – the Social License to Operate for the mining and recycling of critical metals’ took place in Leuven, Belgium. The Symposium was part of the Artefact festival This Rare Earth – Stories from Below, the largest in its kind in Flanders. The event was attended by more than 170 people, with unusually diverse backgrounds, ranging from concerned citizens, to local and international ngo’s, public functionaries as well as raw material experts from industry and academia. The event included several keynote lectures, two panel debates and a speed trip to the Artefact rare-earth related Exhibition. The article below discusses “Five Lessons Learned” with respect to the Social License to Operate for the mining and recycling of critical metals (Credits image: Nicolas Herbots)

Read article “Artefact SLO Symposium: Five Lessons Learned” here >
Watch Testimonial SLO Symposium video here >
Visit event page here (presentations, photos, videos) >
Visit Artefact Expo webpage >

ELFM IV SYMPOSIUM: SIX LESSONS LEARNED



4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining
On 5 and 6 February 2018 the 4th International Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium took place in Mechelen, Belgium. The event was a success: more than 150 attendees; diverse, high-quality lectures by both senior and junior ELFM actors; strong interaction with the public; and a very lively closing debate on the future of ELFM in Europe and the rest of the world  The assessment below discusses “Six Lessons Learned” with respect to the future of Enhanced Landfill Mining (Credits image: Nicolas Herbots)

Read article “ELFM IV: Six Lessons Learned” here >
View testimonial video ELFM IV here >

NEW EU H2020 PROJECT ON EU COBALT VALUE CHAIN: CROCODILE

EU H2020 CROCODILE project secures funding!
In December 2017 the European Commission approved the four-year Horizon 2020 CROCODILE project. CROCODILE stands for “first of a kind commercial Compact system for the efficient Recovery Of CObalt Designed with novel Integrated LEading technologies. CROCODILE is coordinated by TECNALIA (Spain) and involves SIM² KU Leuven as core partner. The project has a total budget of almost 15 million euro and was approved in the call H2020-SC5-14c-2016-2017 (Raw Materials Innovation Actions). Pending the successful completion of the Grant Agreement procedure, the project will start in June 2018. Taking into account the huge growth rate for Li-ion NMC batteries in the e-mobility and energy storage sector, CROCODILE will address one of the most critical raw materials of the future (see also recent US list of CRMs)! Of key importance in this project is the multi-actor approach to obtain and maintain the Social License to Operate for mining/recycling (cf. Co mining health issues in Congo), where SIM² KU Leuven will play a central role. (Credits Image: Egbert Lox, Umicore, as presented during SLO Symposium in Leuven, 21-2-2018))

SIM² KU LEUVEN



SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to perform cutting-edge fundamental, strategic and applied research contributing to cost-effective, zero-waste valorisation of End-of-Life waste, mining waste and industrial process residues, covering the full value recycling/recovery chain.

MARKET WATCH:
UMICORE INVESTMENTS



On Feb’ 8, 2018, Umicore reported that its net profit rose to 267 million euro in 2017, driven by the rapid growth of the demand for rechargeable batteries for e-cars. CEO Grynberg: “Global demand for Li-ion rechargeable batteries used in electrified vehicles will continue to grow fast as automotive OEMs roll out their electrification strategy.” Concurrently, Umicore announced that it will invest 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials.

Read the full article here >

NEW PUBLICATIONS



R.M. Rivera et al., Extraction of rare earths from bauxite residue (red mud) by dry digestion followed by water leaching, Minerals Engineering, 119 (2018) 82–92. Download >
X. Li et al., Ionic liquids with trichloride anions for oxidative dissolution of metals and alloys, Chem. Commun., 54 (2018) 475. Download >
K. Binnemans, P.T. Jones, Kritieke metalen voor de transitie naar een koolstofarme economie, Lessen XXI Eeuw, UP Leuven (2018). Download >

POLICY NEWS



The MSCA-ETN SOCRATES team published a Policy Brief by guest authors Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden, who provide an industry perspective on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues. Zero-waste may sound nice but in reality this is not straightforward to achieve: a thermodynamic reality check is vital,

Download the pdf-version of the ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief here >

RARE-EARTH BALANCE PROBLEM REVISITED



Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element (REE) Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in an extensive review article in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. The paper is a collaboration between SIM² KU Leuven, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) and TECNALIA, in the context of the EU Horizon 2020 REMAGHIC project.

Download open access paper here >

ETN COSMIC VIDEO



The COSMIC project (European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors) trains 15 young potential researchers in new innovative Process Intensification technologies. It wants to put Europe on the wave to innovation and make the European Chemical industry great again! It just released an animation video to explain the goal and mission of the project to the broader audience. The 15 ESRs were involved in the creation of the movie, which you can view here.

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • EU-Latin America Mining & Exploration Convention and Trade Show (METS), Madrid 10-4-2018 – 12-4-2018. Visit website here >
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here >
  • Symposium on urban mining and circular economy, Bergamo, Italy – 21/05/2018 – 23/05/2018. Visit website here >
  • EC Workshop on Social Acceptance in the European Raw Materials Sector, Brussels, 5-6-2018. More info to follow soon.
  • 3rd MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum, Skopje, Macedonia, 12-6-2018 – 14-6-2018. Visit website here >
  • 10th International Conference on f-Elements (ICFE-10), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), 3-9-2018 – 6-9-2018. Visit website here >
  • 7th EuCheMS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuCheMSIL 2018), Lisbon, Portugal, 7/10/2018 – 12/10/2018. Visit website here >



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #12
[JANUARY 16, 2017]



Symposium “Social License to Operate” (Artefact, 21-2-2018, Leuven)
As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”, the largest arts festival in Flanders, SIM² KU Leuven has joined forces with a plethora of organisations, incl. EIT RawMaterials and EU METGROW+, to offer a unique, one-day symposium in Leuven (February 21, 2018) on the Social License to Operate with respect to the primary mining and recycling of critical metals. The Symposium will offer the participants the opportunity to also experience the unique, rare-earth related artwork that will be exhibited. Participation is free of charge. Registration is to be done on-line.

Register here (for free) >

ELFM IV FINAL PROGRAMME & REGISTRATION



Final programme ELFM IV Symposium released
On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. On Janaury 15, 2018, the Final Symposium Programme was released (pdf available here).
ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories: Geophysics, remediation, pre-processing and metal extraction technologies; Thermal valorisation technologies; Upcycling technologies; Multi-criteria assessment. The wide diversity of participants reflects EURELCO’s “quadruple helix” approach, which is essential to obtain and maintain the “Social License to Operate”, in which ELFM is fully integrated in a wider, system-level transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. Registration for this Symposium is still possible (still at the reduced tariff). The organisers, including EIT RawMaterials, hope to welcome you in Mechelen!

Full ELFM IV Symposium Programme >
Register here (at reduced tariff) >

NEW EU H2020 PROJECT: NEMO



EU H2020 NEMO project secures funding!
In December 2017 the European Commission approved the four-year Horizon 2020 NEMO project. NEMO stands for the “Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy”. NEMO is coordinated by VTT (Finland) and involves SIM² KU Leuven and VITO as core partners. The project has a total budget of almost 15 million euro and was approved in the call H2020-SC5-14b-2016-2017 (Raw Materials Innovation Actions, Processing of lower-grade and/or complex primary and/or secondary raw materials in the most sustainable ways). Pending the successful completion of the Grant Agreement procedure, the project will start in the spring of 2018. NEMO’s near-zero-waste recycling technology will provide the EU with important new resources, promote investment in the European mining sector and create licensable technologies that will be of great benefit to EU society through the expansion of employment opportunities in the raw-materials sector. Of key importance in this project is the multi-actor approach to obtain and maintain the Social License to Operate for mining/recycling in Europe.

SIM² KU LEUVEN



SIM² GA, 10-11-2017

On November 10, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven held its General Assembly in Novotel, Leuven. During this meeting an overview was given of the general status of SIM² KU Leuven (Peter Tom Jones), while Karel Van Acker  provided an update on the EIT RawMaterials KIC. Tom Van Gerven launched the new SIM² Research Line on Process Intensification, while Koen Binnemans discussed the new EC Criticality Figure.

Read more about SIM² KU Leuven’s research lines and projects here >

NEW SIM² RESEARCHERS



Meet our new SIM² KU Leuven Researchers
Giovanna Sauve is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining. Read more about this PhD researcher here >
Thupten Palden is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project on zero-waste valorisation of industrial process residues. Read more about this PhD researcher here >

EURARE COMPLETED



FP7 EURARE project completed

The EU FP7 EURARE project, coordinated by NTUA, began on January 1, 2013, and ran for 5 years. Its main goal was to set the basis for the development of a sustainable EU Rare-Earth (REE) industry, safeguarding the uninterrupted supply of REEs for the EU economy in a sustainable, economically-viable and eco-friendly way. The EURARE team published a concluding project brochure. A must read!

Download final EU FP7 EURARE project brochure here >

ELFM IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES



ELFM in the Financial Times
Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM. The “Closing the Circle” project of Group Machiels (Remo landfill site) takes centre stage.Read the full article here >

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018. Visit website here >
  • Lecture Koen Binnemans – Lessen voor de XXI Eeuw – Critical metal for the transition to a low-carbon economy, Leuven, 19/02/2018. Visit the wesbite here >
  • Artefact Symposium on the Social License to operate for the metal extraction industry, Leuven, Belgium, 21/02/2018. Visit the website here >
  • Asia Steel International Conference 2018, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 6/2/2018 – 9/2/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here >
  • 7th EuCheMS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuCheMSIL 2018), Lisbon, Portugal, 7/10/2018 – 12/10/2018. Visit website here >



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #11
[SEPTEMBER 19, 2017]



Meet our new Industrial Service Centre: SOLVOMET
SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that it has just launched a new Industrial Service Centre, which is focussed on “solvometallurgy“. SOLVOMET’s mission is to support its industrial partners in the development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals, which are subsequently tested using lab-scale and mini pilot-scale experimental facilities.
The Centre is set up to industrially valorise the expertise in solvometallurgy that is developed in Prof. Koen Binnemans’ ERC Advanced Grant SOLCRIMET. The Centre works in synergy with the HiTemp Centre and SIM² KU Leuven, as the goal is to embed the developed chemicals and processes into comprehensive (near) zero-waste valorisation flow sheets for base and critical-metal-containing primary and secondary  resources.

Read the SOLVOMET Press Release here >
Visit the new SOLVOMET website and it service offer here >
Download solvometallurgy paper Binnemans & Jones (J. Sustain. Metall (2017) 3:570-600) here >

ELFM IV PROGRAMME & REGISTRATION



Full programme 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium & Early Bird Registration
On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. In the meantime the organising committee has released the full Symposium programme (pdf available here). The Symposium will feature 15 keynote lectures and an additional 8 oral presentations and 15 poster pitch presentations. The lecture collectively combine all parts of the ELFM value chain, both for Municipal Solid Waste landfills and industrial mono-landfills containing extractive waste or industrial process residues. Speakers come from both industry, academia, public bodies and civil society. Early Bird registration for this Symposium is now possible. The organising committee hopes to welcome you in Mechelen!

Full ELFM IV Symposium Programme >
Early Bird Registration now possible: register here >

MARKET WATCH



SIM² KU LEUVEN



SIM² GA, 10-11-2017
On November 10, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven holds its General Assembly in Novotel, Leuven. During this meeting an overview will be given of the general status of SIM² KU Leuven (Peter Tom Jones), while Karel Van Acker will provide an update on the EIT RawMaterials KIC. Tom Van Gerven will present the new SIM² Research Line on Process Intensification. Afterwards there will be several interactive sessions. SIM² KU Leuven Members (ZAP, research managers, postdocs) can register here.

NEW SIM² RESEARCHERS



Meet our new SIM² KU Leuven Researchers
Vidmantas Bieliūnas is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the EU MSCA-ETN COSMIC project on process intensification in the chemical industry. Read more about this PhD researcher here >
Basit Ali is a new SIM² KU Leuven researcher working on the electrodeposition of Sm-Co magnetic alloys from ionic liquids (ILs). Read more about this PhD researcher here >

BR 2018: CALL FOR PAPERS



Bauxite Residue 2018 Conference (Athens)
The 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices conference will take place in May 2018 in Athens. The Organisers cordially invite all interested participants to submit paper(s) to be featured at the Conference. All submitted abstracts will undergo a review with accepted abstracts selected in either oral or poster format. The extended deadline for abstract submission is October 8, 2017.

OUTREACH



ELFM featured on China Global TV Network
In the aftermath of the publication of the animated promotional videos of ETNs NEW-MINE and SOCRATES, SIM² KU Leuven was contacted by China Global Television Network (CGTN) who made a brief report on the projects’ ground-breaking research and the associated barriers and opportunities for Enhanced Landfill Mining.Watch the video here >

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018. Visit website here >
  • Asia Steel International Conference 2018, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 6/2/2018 – 9/2/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here >
  • 27th EuCheMS Conference on Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids (EuCheMSIL 2018), Lisbon, Portugal, 7/10/2018 – 12/10/2018. Visit website here >

IN MEMORIAM PROF. RISTO HARJULA (Helsinki University)

SIM² KU Leuven is deeply saddened to hear the news that our wonderful colleague, Prof. Risto Harjula (University of Helsinki), has passed away on September 11, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Risto’s family and Helsinki colleagues. For us, Risto Harjula was one of the greatest persons we have ever worked with in our EU projects. We fully agree with Risto’s colleague, Prof. Risto Koivula, that “we have to remember Risto’s joy and genuine excitement with chemistry, research and finding new things that can benefit people. For him science was not just writing papers it was making the world into a better place.” Risto, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. We will deeply miss you (Peter Tom Jones, Rabab Nasser, Lucian Onisei, Yiannis Pontikes, Bart Blanpain, Karel Van Acker, Tom Van Gerven & Koen Binnemans, for SIM² KU Leuven).



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #10
[JUNE 30, 2017]



ERES 2017 – Six lessons learned
On May 28-31, 2017, the picturesque Greek island of Santorini was the place to be for the European Rare-earth research and innovation community. More than 200 people took part in the 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources, a joint organisation by FP7 EURARE and MC-ITN EREAN. In order to stimulate more policy debate about Europe’s REE supply, Dr. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) wrote an in-depth evaluation of this intriguing conference. The article covers six lessons learned: 1. The Balance Problem is more relevant than ever; 2. REE recycling still lurking in the shadows; 3. Primary REE mining in Europe: the Kvjanefeld project seems to be the winner; 4. Social license to operate is key; 5. Beyond REEs: watch out for the new CRM figure of the EC; 6. REE research in Europe: Quo Vadis?

Read the full analysis here >

SIM² KU LEUVEN



New Research Line: Process Intensification
SIM² KU Leuven has launched a new Research Line, which will focus on Process Intensification. This fifth SIM² Research Line is led by Prof. Tom Van Gerven, who also coordinates the EU H2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC project on process intensification in the chemical industry. Process intensification aims at the development of chemical process technology, which allows chemical processing with high materials and energy efficiency. Follow SIM² KU Leuven on our new LinkedIn company page.

NEW SIM² RESEARCHERS



Meet our new SIM² KU Leuven Researchers
Georgia Flesoura (MTM): Works on inorganic polymers in the framework of the ETN NEW-MINE project. Read interview here >
Zheng Li (Chemistry Dep.): Works on non-aqueous solvent extraction in the framework of the ERC SOLCRIMET project. Read interview here >
Nerea Rodriguez (Chemistry Dep.): Works on Deep Eutectic Solvents in the framework of the SIM MaRes SBO SMART project. Read interview here > 

NEW PROJECT



EIT RawMaterials funds IMAGINE II
After the successful IMAGINE I project, the EIT RawMaterials approved the follow-up project IMAGINE II. During the first phase, a pilot master was developed and implemented and several master programmes were prepared. Now, the follow-up project offers the opportunity to further develop and implement the ten identified master programmes on sustainable materials (SUMA). The IMAGINE II partners are KU Leuven (coordinator – Prof. Bart Blanpain)), Grenoble INP, University of Trento, Montanuniversität Leoben, University of Milano Bicocca, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Padova and Umicore.

CALL FOR PAPERS



Bauxite Residue 2018 Conference (Athens)
The 2nd “Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices” conference will take place in May 2018 in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. The Organisers cordially invite all interested participants to submit paper(s) to be featured at the Conference. All submitted abstracts will undergo a full review with accepted abstracts selected for the final mode of presentation either in oral or poster format.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM



World Economic Forum & landfill mining
Landfill mining: is this the next big thing in recycling? With this inviting title, the World Economic Forum website featured a milestone article on June 21, 2017, about the potential of “Enhanced Landfill Mining” (in the WEF series “Annual meeting of the new champions 2017”). Reaching an audience of 100,000+ readers per week, this article by ETN NEW-MINE & EURELCO coordinator Dr. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) puts landfill mining under the (global) spotlights.

DISSEMINATION



New book on circular economy
SIM² KU Leuven’s Prof. Karel Van Acker has written a book “Wat met recyclage?” about why we need the Circular Economy, what it is and what strategies we have to pursue the Circular Economy, and who can do what to realise it. It is a comprehensive and nuanced view on Circular Economy, written for a broad public. The book is based on the discussions within the interdisciplinary KU Leuven Metaforum working group on this topic. Recommended summer reading!  Book available at LannooCampus https://www.lannoocampus.be/nl/wat-met-recyclage >

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • Summer school: Digitizing the Circular Economy, Leuven, 17/07/2017 – 20/07/2017. Visit the website here >
  • ETN COSMIC summer school on ultrasound and microwaves for chemical processing, Leuven, Belgium, 4/09/2017 – 8/09/2017. Visit website here >
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 – 22/09/2017. Visit website here >.
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018. Visit website here >
  • Asia Steel International Conference 2018, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India,6/2/2018 – 9/2/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here >.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH: KEY VISUAL JORIS ROOSEN



ERC Advanced Grant SOLCRIMET: website is on-line!
Since June 2017 the website for Prof. Koen Binnemans’ ERC Advanced Grant SOLCRIMET project is on-line.
SOLCRIMET targets solvometallurgical solutions for the selective recovery of critical metals from End-of-life waste streams, using environmentally-friendly, non-water nor acid-containing solvents.

Visit the ERC SOLCRIMET website here >



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #9
[MAY 17, 2017]



4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining – Call for abstracts
The call for extended abstracts for the Fourth Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV, February 5-7, 2018) is open until May 30, 2017. We call upon all our stakeholders to submit a proposal. Papers for ELFM IV will be grouped into four major sessions: Geophysics, remediation and (pre)processing technologies; Thermal valorisation technologies; Upcycling technologies; Multi-criteria assessment. Submit your abstract here. Part of the ELFM IV programme is already available as it consists of 15 Invited Lectures, featuring a number of key academic, industrial and societal ELFM actors. You can view the programme here >

SIM² KU LEUVEN



10 good reasons to use solvometallurgy
One of the key niches within SIM² KU Leuven is the development of the solvometallurgy approach, which employs non-aqueous solutions to extract metals from ores, industrial process residues, production scrap and urban waste. In order to position this emerging branch Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones authored a 31-page position paper in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. The paper is open access and can be downloaded here >.

NEW PAPERS and PhDs



4 new PhDs on rare-earth recovery in our EU and national/KU Leuven projects

POLICY NEWS



New Policy Brief on the recycling challenges of End-of-Life Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
The EU Horizon 2020 projects EREAN and DEMETER have just published a new (joint) Policy Brief on the challenges with respect to the recycling of End-of-Life hybrid and electric vehicles ((H)EVs). The May 2017 Policy Brief is titled: “Processing options and future possibilities for sustainable recycling of Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Internal Combustion Engine vehicles at vehicle recycling sites”. The main author is Prof. Neil Rowson from the University of Birmingham. Read Brief here >

CALL FOR PAPERS



Bauxite Residue 2018 Conference (Athens)
The 2nd “Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices” conference will take place in May 2018 in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. The Organisers cordially invite all interested participants to submit paper(s) to be featured at the Conference. All submitted abstracts will undergo a full review with accepted abstracts selected for the final mode of presentation either in oral or poster format. All information can be found here >

OUTREACH



ETN NEW-MINE video on ELFM viewed > 50,000 times in two weeks
The ETN NEW-MINE team launched its official video “Not just another brick”. With the help of Storyrunner the film was presented by Early Stage Researcher Giovanna Sauve (KU Leuven). Using graphic designs and beautiful animations the film explains the complex ELFM flow sheet: from the mining of the landfilled Municipal Solid Waste until the conversion into recyclables and high-added value outputs such as hydrogen (for fuel cells) and plasmarock-based inorganic polymer cement. The film was viewed > 50,000 times in two weeks and shared massively on social media. Watch the video >

DISSEMINATION



Involve SIM² KU Leuven as your EU project dissemination partner?
Since recently the European Commission is demanding that multi-partner EU Horizon 2020 and EIT RawMaterials projects need to pay professional attention with respect to tailored dissemination and communication towards a diversity of target audiences. In order to assist EU project coordinators, SIM² KU Leuven has developed a number of “dissemination and outreach” services. In need of a dissemination partner in your project? Read more about our services here >

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here >
  • ETN COSMIC summer school on ultrasound and microwaves for chemical processing, Leuven, Belgium, 4/09/2017 – 8/09/2017. Visit website here >
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 – 22/09/2017. Visit website here >.
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018. Visit website here >
  • 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 7/02/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here >.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH: INSIDE COVER IN CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS





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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #8
[MARCH 28, 2017]



Campine and KU Leuven win strategic R&D project on antimony trioxide production (“ANTARES”)
On March 9, 2017, the Flemish Government (VLAIO) officially approved the R&D project ANTARES, a strategic cooperation between Campine, one of the leading antimony trioxide producers in Europe, and SIM² KU Leuven, UCL, InsPyro and Praxair. ANTARES, which stands for the “Design of a novel, flexible and rapid process for the transformation of distinct primary and anthropogenic antimony-rich resources into high-purity antimony-tri-oxide (ATO)” is a 2.5 year project with a total budget of 1.83 million euro. The Flemish Government provides a research subsidy of 0.92 million euro. ANTARES needs to tackle the antimony supply risk that endangers the Flemish and European antimony trioxide producers.

Read full article here.

SIM² KU LEUVEN



Solvometallurgy, an emerging branch in extractive metallurgy
Over the last years SIM² KU Leuven has been spending considerable attention on co-developing the field of “solvometallurgy”, an emerging branch in extraction metallurgy. Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones have now authored a milestone position paper in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy to present the opportunities and challenges for solvometallurgy. An exciting journey lies ahead!Read more here.

NEW PUBLICATIONS



Rare-earth thematic section in Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy

The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy has just published its thematic section on “Green Rare Earth Elements—Innovations in Ore Processing, Hydrometallurgy, and Electrolysis”, assembled by Prof. Bernd Friedrich (RWTH Aachen). SIM² KU Leuven contributed through two papers:

Separation of Rare Earths by Solvent Extraction with an Undiluted Nitrate Ionic Liquid (K. Larsson, K. Binnemans)
REE Recovery from End-of-Life NdFeB Permanent Magnet Scrap: A Critical Review (Y. Yang, A. Walton, R. Sheridan, T. Van Gerven, P.T. Jones, K. Binnemans)

POLICY NEWS



European Parliament votes YES! to include ELFM in Landfill Directive
On March 14, 2017, the European Parliament voted about its position with respect to EU Waste Policy. The approved “Waste Package” concerns four Directives, incl. the Landfill Directive. For the first time ever, this Landfill Directive is now set to include a specific reference to “Enhanced Landfill Mining”. This breakthrough is the result of the concerted efforts of the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO) and the Belgian MEPs Hilde Vautmans & Mark Demesmaeker. Read full story here.

NEW PROJECTS



EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC kicked off

COSMIC is “the European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors”. It is one of the 6 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie ETNs currently coordinated by the SIM² KU Leuven cluster. COSMIC is a key instrument for supporting and training the chemical process industry – and in particular the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries – in their transition from batch to continuous production.

Read more here.

OUTREACH



Video on landfill mining researchers meeting landfill site locals
Preceding the formal kick-off meeting of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining, a unique event “New-miners meet locals” was organised on February 6, 2017 in Houthalen, Belgium. The event took place to initiate a fruitful dialogue between NEW-MINE PhD students & Supervisors from diverse EU universities and companies and the so-called ‘DE Locals’ group of the Remo landfill site in Houthalen. As the “social license to operate” is key for these type of mining projects, real interaction during all project phases is of significant importance. Watch video here.

DISSEMINATION



Involve SIM² KU Leuven as your EU project dissemination partner?
Since recently the European Commission is demanding that multi-partner EU Horizon 2020 and EIT RawMaterials projects need to pay professional attention with respect to tailored dissemination and communication towards a diversity of target audiences. In order to assist EU project coordinators, SIM² KU Leuven has developed a number of “dissemination and outreach” services. In need of a dissemination partner in your project? Read more about our services here.  

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/04/2017 – 5/04/2017. Visit website here
  • Res Metallica (multi-scale modeling of materials), Leuven, Belgium, 17/05/217. Visit website here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here
  • ETN COSMIC summer school on ultrasound and microwaves for chemical processing, Leuven, Belgium, 4/09/2017 – 8/09/2017. Visit website here
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 – 22/09/2017. Visit website here.
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018.
  • 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 7/02/2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here.



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #7
[MARCH 2017]



Hilde Vautmans (Member European Parliament) launches ambitious ELFM EU Action Plan
On February 7, 2017 the KU Leuven coordinated EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project kicked off in Houthalen, Belgium. The kick-off was organised in conjunction with the 5th General Assembly of the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO). The event was attended by 80 participants from 13 EU Member States. Guest speaker was Belgian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Hilde Vautmans who launched her ambitious ELFM EU Action Plan. This consists of a new EU Parliamentary Working Group on Landfill Mining, a second ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, and the ambition to set up “ELACON” (European Landfill Mining Competency Network), which is to be a multi-level stakeholder platform with the support of the European Commission (based on the successful ERECON concept). The General Assembly also included a unique event in which the NEW-MINE researchers went in dialogue with the “locals” living in the vicinity of the Remo landfill site in Houthalen.

Download ELFM EU Action Plan
Download Report “NEW-MINERS meet LOCALS”

SIM² KU LEUVEN



Zero waste valorisation of metal-containing urban/industrial waste is our mission
SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to perform cutting-edge fundamental, strategic and applied research contributing to cost-effective, zero-waste valorisation of End-of-Life waste, mining waste and industrial process residues, covering the full value recycling/recovery chain. 

NEW PUBLICATIONS



New process to concentrate Sc in red mud leachates. B. Onghena, C.R. Borra, T. Van Gerven, K. Binnemans, Separation and Purification Technology, 176, 208–219 (2017), Download here.
New non-aqueous solvent extraction system for rare-earth separation. N.K. Batchu, T. Vander Hoogerstraete, D. Banerjee, K. Binnemans, Separation and Purification Technology, 174, 544–553 (2017). Download here.
KU Leuven Metaforum working group on Circular Economy (CE), December 2016. Download here
Full list of papers here

OPEN ACCESS



SIM² KU Leuven’s guide to Open Access
Since the launch of Horizon 2020 the EC has been highlighting the importance of Open Access publishing. Open Access publishing implies that all peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from a Horizon 2020 project should be deposited in open-access repositories. SIM² KU Leuven developed a step-by-step Open Access flow diagram that can be used by all partners who are involved in Horizon 2020 projects.

NEW PROJECTS

New Flemish Policy Research Centre on Circular Economy
The Flemish Government recently approved the setup of a new Policy Research Centre “Sustainable Materials Management in a Circular Economy (CE)”. The centre will perform policy research in order to monitor the progress of the Flemish region to a Circular Economy, to frame Flanders’ CE actions in international policy and to study the effects on economy and environment of different policy measures to stimulate CE. The centre is a collaboration between KU Leuven, UGent, UA and VITO, and is led by prof. Karel Van Acker (SIM² KU Leuven).

OUTREACH



Marie-Curie programme EC salutes DEMETER video as dissemination Bast Practice
During the yearly Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 ITN coordinators information day organised by the European Commission in Brussels (12-12-2016), the ETN DEMETER video was presented as the example of successful outreach. The DEMETER video, featuring Early Stage Researcher Gwen Bailey (KU Leuven), was made in collaboration with Storyrunner. The video was viewed more than 10,000 times in the first week after being launched.

iINAUGURAL LECTURE



Inaugural lecture Prof. Yiannis Pontikes
SIM² KU Leuven is pleased to invite you to attend the Inaugural Lectures of the Materials Engineering Department, including the one of Prof. Yiannis Pontikes. The lectures will take place on Thursday, 9 March 2017 from 4:30 pm till 6:00 pm in the auditorium 00.39, Departement Materiaalkunde, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, 3001 Heverlee. You are also kindly invited to join the reception afterwards.

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/04/2017 – 5/04/2017. Visit website here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 – 22/09/2017. Visit website here.
  • 4th International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Mechelen, Belgium, 5/02/2018 – 6/02/2018.
  • 2nd ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 7-02-2018.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here.



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #6
[NOVEMBER 2016]



First ever zero-waste tailings valorisation project approved: meet SBO SMART 
SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been formally approved by the Flemish Government (SIM & VLAIO). SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings. SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”. This project, which was developed together with SIM KU Leuven’s strategic research partners VITO and UGent, as well as FLAMAC and supported by a plethora of Flemish companies, is the first ever project in Flanders that is 100% dedicated to finding zero-waste solutions for tailings, i.e. the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction (gangue) of an ore. This project is of strategic interest for the Flemish partners of EIT RawMaterials.

Read more about the SIM SBO SMART project here

SIM² KU LEUVEN



RL4: Sustainability Assessment & Policy Research
This SIM² KU Leuven Research Line investigates the economic and environmental feasibility of new flow sheets for the recovery of metals and/or minerals from end-of-life consumer goods, industrial process residues and low-grade ores. Particular attention goes out to the legal, social and economic bottlenecks, while assessing also the opportunities and possible incentives for sustainable (inorganic) materials management.

NEW PUBLICATIONS



Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy’s thematic section on red mud valorisation
The management of bauxite residue (BR), also known as red mud, continues to be a challenge. More than 150 million tonnes of BR is produced annually, and a number of legacy sites still remain, asking for attention. Yet, from a different perspective, BR can be seen as a resource. The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (vol. 2, issue 4) features a dedicated thematic section on zero-waste BR valorisation, incl. a preface and seven selected papers. 

OPEN ACCESS



SIM² KU Leuven’s guide to Open Access
Since the launch of Horizon 2020 the EC has been highlighting the importance of Open Access publishing. Open Access publishing implies that all peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from a Horizon 2020 project should be deposited in open-access repositories. SIM² KU Leuven developed a step-by-step Open Access flow diagram that can be used by all partners who are involved in Horizon 2020 projects.

NEW PROJECTS



EU H2020 PLATIRUS: Platinum group metals recovery using secondary raw materials
PLATIRUS is a new EU Horizon 2020 project (GA 730224), which aims at reducing the EU deficit of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). PLATIRUS targets a miniaturised PGMs recovery process. Input secondary raw materials are autocatalysts, electronic waste (WEEE) and tailings & slags from nickel and copper smelters. KU Leuven and VITO are core partners in this project, which is coordinated by Tecnalia. 

OUTREACH



Policy Brief on the need for continued critical raw material (CRM) research
Prof. Binnemans was invited to give a talk at the “Critical Raw Materials in Everyday Applications” workshop (Brussels, September 26-27, 2016). This Policy Workshop was organised to bring Critical Raw Materials experts in contact with EU Policy Makers. Prof. Binnemans provided a clear Policy Brief message to the EU Policy Makers, concerning the need for a concerted effort for continued CRM research, not despite of but rather because of the current low prices for CRMs. 

PRIZES



Tobias Hertel wins Best Paper Award (ICSOBA)
ETN REDMUD Early Stage Researcher Tobias Hertel (KU Leuven) has won the “Best Bauxite/Alumina Paper Award” for his paper “Large-Scale Valorisation of Bauxite Residue for Inorganic Polymers” at the 34th International ICSOBA Conference in Québec, Canada (October 3-6, 2016). The paper was co-authored by Remus Ion Iacobescu, Bart Blanpain and Yiannis Pontikes.

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/04/2017 – 5/04/2017. Visit website here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here
  • EUROMAT 2017 (Area H: Raw Materials), Thessaloniki, Greece, 17/09/2017 22/09/2017. Visit website here.
  • 2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Athens, Greece – 7/05/2018 – 9/05/2018. Visit website here.



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #5
[SEPTEMBER 2016]



SIM² KU Leuven wins 8 new EIT RawMaterials projects
SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that in the 2016 EIT RawMaterials call for KIC Added Value (KAVA) projects it succeeded in winning 8 new projects, including 3 as coordinator. The newly won projects include 1 Upscaling project (RECOVER, coordinated by SIM² KU Leuven, targeting a mobile installation to demonstrate residue-to-geopolymer transformation), 1 new Network-of-Infrastructure on the valorisation of abandoned mining sites (RE-ACTIVATE), as well as 1 Education project (GAMES) and 5 Internationalisation projects (DOORS II, CIRRUS, TopStars, SETI, Gateway). This brings SIM² KU Leuven’s EIT KAVA portfolio to a total of 14 projects, corroborating its strong position within the Raw Materials education, innovation and valorisation domain in Europe. Most projects are set to start in January 2017, pending formal EIT Board approval.

Read more about EIT RawMaterials and (SIM² KU Leuven’s) KAVA projects here
EIT RawMaterials Co-location centre in Flanders (incl. Umicore, UGent and VITO as core partners)

SIM² KU LEUVEN



RL3: Upcycling of low-grade materials
Raw materials and residues are upcycled through innovative processes leading to new applications. The developed processes and materials demonstrate a sustainability advantage over existing ones and are industrially realistic. In terms of raw materials, attention is placed on clays, sludges, ashes, residues and tailings, whereas, as processes, alkali activation, carbonation, (bio-)leaching, and high temperature processes, involving hydrothermal synthesis, liquid-phase sintering and clinkering, are investigated.

NEW PUBLICATIONS



Red mud & NdFeB magnet recycling
Review paper on red mud valorisation. Full reference: C.R. Borra, B. Blanpain, Y. Pontikes, K. Binnemans, T. Van Gerven, Recovery of Rare Earths and Other Valuable Metals From Bauxite Residue (Red Mud): A Review, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, DOI 10.1007/s40831 -016-0068-2 – download hereJoint review paper on NdFeB magnet recycling: Y. Yang, A. Walton, R. Sheridan, K. Güth, R. Gauß, O. Gutfleisch, M. Buchert, B.M. Steenari, T. Van Gerven, P.T. Jones, K. Binnemans, REE Recovery from end-of-life NdFeB permanent magnet scrap: a critical review, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2016, in print.

IN THE PRESS



10 reasons for being optimistic
SIM² KU Leuven Coordinator Peter Tom Jones published a new edition of his book Terra Reversa (co-authored by Vicky De Meyere). The core message of this new edition is that the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy is in its take-off phase. The new edition includes sections on urban/landfill mining and describes the rise of the circular economy and the peer-to-peer paradigm. In his review in the weekly political magazine Knack (7-9-2016) Dirk Draulans provides a clear synthesis of the core messages. 

NEW PROJECTS

EU H2020 NEOHIRE
NEOHIRE is a new project funded* through Horizon 2020, answering the NMBP-03-2016 call. The project is coordinated by CEIT (Spain) and involves KU Leuven as core research partner. The objective is to reduce the use of rare earths, cobalt and gallium in wind turbine generators. NEOHIRE not only develops a new concept of bonded NdFeB magnets but it also targets novel recycling techniques for these critical raw materials from present and future permanent magnet wastes. (*Pending formal completion GA Procedure).

OUTREACH



New video design & recycling of electric cars
The EU ETN DEMETER and SIM² KU Leuven teams are delighted to share their new animation video, featuring Gwen Bailey (MTM – KU Leuven). This popular Stoyrunner animation film (10,000 views in one week) shows the opportunities and challenges to design and recycle the rare-earth permanent magnet motors and generators used in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (HEVs).
DEMETER develops eco-friendly recycling methods for the present generation of HEVs while also creating novel motor designs (based on Design-for-Reuse/Recycling) for the new generation of HEVs.

NEW JOBS



15 PhD students selected at EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE Recruitment Event
From an initial list of 182 eligible candidates, 29 “landfill mining researchers” were preselected for the Recruitment Event, which took place on 6 September 2016 in Leuven. After a lengthy deliberation the Recruitment Committee selected the 15 winning candidates, who are set to start their research in November 2016. The official kick-off meeting will take place in Leuven on 7 February 2017. The meeting will be combined with a General Assembly meeting of the EURELCO network.

UPCOMING EVENTS



  • Policy Workshop Technologies and Policies for a Circular Economy on Rare Earth Elements, Brussels, Belgium, 26/09/2016 – 27/09/2016 (Joint organisation by REEcover, REE4EU and EREAN) More info here
  • 10 years MRC – Leuven, 4/10/2016. Visit website here
  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/05/2017 – 5/05/2017. Visit website here [Abstract submission deadline: 15/09/2016]
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #4
[JULY 2016]



45 open PhD positions in 3 new EU H2020 MSCA-ETN projects
Interested in a PhD position in a premier, EU-wide Training Network? As the coordinator of three new EU Horizon 2020 ETN projects, SIM² KU Leuven has, in collaboration with its partners, 45 open PhD positions. The three projects are NEW-MINE, SOCRATES and COSMIC, which deal with respectively, Enhanced Landfill Mining of Urban Solid Waste landfills; zero-waste valorisation of low-grade industrial process residues; and process intensification. For these projects we need 45 metallurgists, material scientists, chemists, as well as chemical, environmental and mechanical engineers. Interested researchers – with a MSc degree and less than 4 years of research experience – should apply through the on-line application tools of NEW-MINE, SOCRATES and COSMIC, where all details about the positions and the attractive conditions are provided. The deadline for applicants is, resp., 30 July 2016 (for SOCRATES and NEW-MINE) and 15 September (for COSMIC). Recruitment events take place on 6 and 12 September & 10 October 2016. We kindly ask all SIM² KU Leuven stakeholders to circulate these positions to graduated MSc students.

SIM² KU LEUVEN



Brand new website for SIM² KU Leuven
SIM² KU Leuven has just launched a new website. The website, which is fully dynamic and smart phone friendly, contains a multitude of features, including the top 10 papers per research line, project information, info on available equipment, open positions, news items, press articles, videos and a dynamic agenda. Please feel free to visit the new website and provide us with your input. 

NEW PUBLICATIONS



New papers on critical metal extraction and recovery
A. Rout, K. Binnemans, Efficient separation of transition metals from rare earths by an undiluted phosphonium thiocyanate ionic liquid, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 16039-16045 (2016) – download
J. Roosen, J. Pype, K. Binnemans, S. Mullens, Shaping of alginate-silica hybrid materials into microspheres through vibrating-nozzle technology and their use for the recovery of neodymium from aqueous solutions, Industrial & Enginereering Chemistry Research 54, 12836–12846 (2015) – download
J. Roosen, S. Van Roosendael, C.R. Borra, T. Van Gerven, S. Mullens, K. Binnemans, Recovery of scandium from leachates of Greek bauxite residue by adsorption on functionalized chitosan-silica hybrid materials, Green Chemistry 16, 2005-2013 (2016) – download

 AWARDS & NEWS



Qmineral wins prestigious Reynolds Cup
On June 7th of 2016, Qmineral received the “Reynolds Cup” at the 53rd CMS annual meeting in Atlanta (USA). The Reynolds Cup is known as “the world championship for mineral quantification”.  Qmineral was founded by Dr. G. Mertens and Prof. J. Elsen (SIM² KU Leuven). Congratulations to Qmineral!

SIM² KU LEUVEN & PROMETIA



PROMETIA
In May 2016 SIM² KU Leuven was formally accepted as a new Member of PROMETIA. PROMETIA is an international non-profit association promoting innovation in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy for mining and recycling of raw materials. SIM² KU Leuven will bring in its expertise in the field of zero-waste valorisation of tailings and industrial process residues.

NEW PROJECTS



EU H2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES
The European Training Network for the Sustainable, zero-waste valorisation of critical-metal-containing industrial process residues (SOCRATES) targets ground-breaking metallurgical processes, incl. plasma-, bio-, solvo-, electro- and ionometallurgy, that can be integrated into environmentally friendly, (near-) zero-waste valorisation flow sheets. As a basis for a concerted effort to strengthen the EU’s critical-metal supply chain for Ge, In, Ga and Sb, SOCRATES trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in technological innovation: metal extraction (WP1), metal recovery (WP2), residual matrix valorisation (WP3) and integrated assessment (WP4). Key data: Beneficiaries: KU Leuven, Leicester U., Utrecht U., U. Bonn, Freiberg U., Outotec, Kerneos, Metallo; Partner Organisations: Aalto U., VTT, Boliden Kokkola, Umicore, AVR; Budget: 3,8 million euro.

OUTREACH



Animation film on red mud valorisation
RARE³ KU Leuven (Research Line 2 in SIM² KU Leuven) launched a brand new animation film on the zero-waste valorization of red mud (bauxite residue) landfills, featuring former MTV Star Ray Cokes. The film reveals how the red mud problem can be turned into a resource opportunity. Watch the video here

FEATURED EVENT – 5th SLAG VALORISATION SYMPOSIUM



UPCOMING EVENTS & SUMMER SCHOOLS

  • DEMETER Summer School on Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles – Leuven, Belgium, 24/08/2016 – 26/08/2016.  Registration still open
  • REDMUD Summer School on the production of aluminium and the zero-waste valorisation of bauxite residue – Leuven, 29/8/2016 – 31/8/2016. Registration still open
  • 10 years MRC – Leuven, 4/10/2016. Visit website here
  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, 3/05/2017 – 5/05/2017. Visit website here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017. Visit website here



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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #3
[MAY 2016]



SIM² KU Leuven wins three new EU H2020 MSCA-ETN projects
SIM² KU Leuven is very happy to announce that it has won three new EU Horizon 2020 European Training Network Projects as a coordinator. The three projects are NEW-MINE (with a record-breaking score of 98%), SOCRATES (95%) and COSMIC (97%), which deal with respectively, Enhanced Landfill Mining of Urban Solid Waste landfills; zero-waste valorisation of low-grade industrial process residues; and process intensification. The NEW-MINE project in particular represents a major breakthrough as this is the first ever, full-scale R&D project on the topic of Enhanced Landfill Mining. SIM² KU Leuven will now initiate the Grant Agreement procedures and will start the recruitment procedure for, in total, 45 new PhD students. Recruitment events are planned for the period August-September 2016. More details about the three projects will be shared soon..

SIM² KU LEUVEN

SIM² KU Leuven Research Line 1
Pyro-, hydro-, solvo- and electrometallurgical unit processes are developed and integrated into zero-waste flow sheets for the production and recovery of base metals such as iron and steel, copper, zinc, nickel and lead. Both experimental and modelling methodologies are developed and used. 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Two red mud papers in Top 25 Most Downloaded Papers in Minerals Engineering
C.R. Borra, et al., Selective recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue by combination of sulfation, roasting and leaching, Minerals Engineering, 92, 2016, 151-159. See here.
C.R. Borra, et al., Leaching of rare earths from bauxite residue (red mud), Minerals Engineering, 76, 2015, 20-27. See here
Solvent extraction of rare-earth elements
M.E. Leblebici, S. Kuhn, G.D. Stefanidis, T. Van Gerven, Milli-channel mixer and phase separator for solvent extraction of rare earth elements, Chemical Engineering Journal, 293, 2016, 273–280. Download paper here.

 AWARDS & NEWS

Dr. Lieven Machiels wins Leuven Da Vinci Prize
Dr. Lieven Machiels, Research Manager for SIM² KU Leuven, was awarded with the Leuven Da Vinci Prize by the IOF Council. This innovation award was granted for the breakthrough results obtained in the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade industrial residues through metal recovery and mineral valorization in low carbon binders and high-added value building products. This work is part of the Enhanced Landfill Mining endeavours of SIM² KU Leuven in collaboration with its industrial partners, incl. Group Machiels and CRH.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue on ELFM
Following the successful Third Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium in Lisbon (February 2016) preparations are on-going to complete a Special Issue on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. Papers should cover ELFM of mono-landfills containing mining waste and industrial residues. Deadline for papers: 30 June 2016.

NEW PROJECTS

EU H2020 Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET
Prof. Koen Binnemans (Department of Chemistry & Leader RARE³ KU Leuven cluster within SIM² KU Leuven) recently obtained an Advanced ERC Grant for his groundbreaking work in the domain of ionic liquids for critical metal recycling. SOLCRIMET’s aim is to successfully apply a novel approach in metallurgy – solvometallurgy – to the extraction of specific critical metals, i.e. rare earths, tantalum, niobium, cobalt, indium, gallium, germanium and antimony. The approach involves the discovery of non-aqueous solvent pairs that are immiscible and allow the extraction of metal complexes at moderate temperatures, leading to high-purity recycled metals.

OUTREACH



Documentary ELFM Seminar in the EP
Documentary highlighting the key results of the first ever ELFM seminar in the European Parliament, organised by two Flemish MEPs (Vautmans & Demesmaeker) and EURELCO, featuring speakers from four DGs  (ENV, ENERGY, GROW and RTD) along with leading actors from industry, academia and public bodies. Watch here.
See also:
Download booklet ELFM Seminar in the EP here
Watch VPRO Tegenlicht documentary here

PhD IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Dr. DAVID DUPONT 

On 27 April 2016 David Dupont obtained his PhD degree from KU Leuven. His work on the use of ionic liquid technology for rare earth and critical metal recycling, promoted by Prof. Koen Binnemans, was considered by the Members of the Examination Committee as being of a genuinely exceptional quality level. We are glad to share his full PhD dissertation, including no less than 9 peer-reviewed publications obtained during his less than 3 years of “PhD time”.

FEATURED EVENT – DEMETER SUMMER SCHOOL – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN



UPCOMING EVENTS & SUMMER SCHOOLS

  • Res Metallica: Looking deeper into materials – Leuven, 11/5/2016. More details here
  • CR³ Spring Meeting 2016, KU Leuven, Belgium, 17/5/2016 – 18/5/2016 (For Corporate Members and Invited Guests, more info here)
  • Aluminium Innovation Hub Brokerage event – Leuven, 31/5/2016.
  • DEMETER Summer School on Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles – Leuven, Belgium, 24/08/2016 – 26/08/2016.  Registration now open.
  • REDMUD Summer School on the production of aluminium and the zero-waste valorisation of bauxite residue  – Leuven, 29/8/2016 – 31/8/2016. Registration now open.
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017

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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #2
[25 MARCH 2016]

Dear colleague,

This is the second SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter, the first one AFTER the despicable attacks in Brussels, our neighbour city. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims, some of whom we know. Considering our mission to contribute to a better world, we will keep up the research work at SIM² KU Leuven. Here below we bring you some key news, which will contribute to this mission and, now more than ever, we invite you to cooperate with us. (Peter Tom Jones, Chairman SIM² KU Leuven)



Prof. Koen Binnemans wins Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET
On the 16th of March 2016 the European Research Council (ERC) formally approved the Advanced Grant proposal of Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM² KU Leuven & RARE³ KU Leuven). SOLCRIMET’s aim is to successfully apply a ground-breaking metallurgical approach – solvometallurgy – to the extraction of specific critical metals, i.e. rare earths, tantalum, niobium, cobalt, indium, gallium, germanium and antimony, which are key enablers of the required transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. The approach involves the discovery of non-aqueous solvent pairs that are immiscible and allow the extraction of metal complexes at moderate temperatures, leading to high-purity recycled metals. The possibility to recycle critical metals with energy-efficient, low-cost processes will have a significant impact on the global recycling rates of these metals. More information about the critical metal recovery research within SIM² KU Leuven can be found here.

SIM² KU LEUVEN

About SIM² KU Leuven
SIM² KU Leuven (Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management) is the interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven, which develops zero-waste, eco-friendly flow sheets for the valorisation of (1) End-of-Life (critical) metal containing products, (2) mining waste and industrial residues, and (3) landfilled streams.

Read more about SIM² KU Leuven
Download SIM² KU Leuven folder

NEW PUBLICATIONS

3rd ELFM Symposium (2016)
Peter Tom Jones, Koen Binnemans, Towards zero-waste valorisation of landfilled stocks and fresh flows of critical-metal-containing industrial process residues: a critical review, Proceedings Third International Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining, Lisboa, 2016, 150-173. Download pdf paper here. An events page on ELFM III can be found here.
1st Red Mud Valorisation Conf. (2015)
All papers from the Proceedings of the 1st Bauxite Residue Valorisation Conference (5-7 October 2015) are available here.Other papers
More SIM² KU Leuven publications available here.

 IN THE PRESS & NEWS

Royal Flemish Academy
Prof. Koen Binnemans has been elected as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). The KVAB is the Academy of Flanders, a learned society founded in 1772.

De Morgen
Prof. Koen Binnemans in an interview with the Flemish quality newspaper De Morgen, 29 January 2016, on the issue of thorium reactors in the popular Norwegian television series Occupied. Download the pdf of the interview here.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue on ELFM
Following the successful Third Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium in Lisbon (February 2016) it has been decided that there will be a Special Issue on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. Papers should cover ELFM of mono-landfills containing mining waste and industrial residues.
All details about scope and deadlines can be found here

NEW PROJECTS

EU H2020 METGROW+ (group photo)

METGROW+ is one of the two winning H2020 projects answering the call “new metallurgical systems” (SC5-11E). Within this project, primary and secondary materials are studied as critical metal resources. The project is coordinated by VTT (Finland) and involves the Flemish partners KU Leuven, UGent, VITO, Group Machiels, Arche and Umicore.

EU H2020 MSCA-ETN DEMETER
DEMETER is the EU Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles, coordinated by KU Leuven. More details here.

OUTREACH

ELFM short film
Digging for garbage is a short film, with former MTV star Ray Cokes, intended for a wide audience to raise awareness with respect to the benefits of Enhanced Landfill Mining. For the first time ever a brass band enters the bowels of a semi-excavated landfill, providing incredible and unforgettable scenes. Watch video here.
See also:
Download booklet ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament here
Watch VPRO Tegenlicht documentary featuring SIM² KU Leuven here

FEATURED EVENT

On 17 and 18 May 2016 the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling will have its plenary spring meeting in the historical Begijnhof of Leuven.The Center currently organizes 10 research projects with the 3 academic partners WPI, CSM and KU Leuven in close cooperation with its industrial members. During the meeting the strategy of the Center is defined, the status and direction of the different projects are discussed. In addition, the cooperation between the Center and EIT RawMaterials will be highlighted during a networking event. If you have interest to participate in this meeting or learn more about the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, you can contact Prof. Bart Blanpain, site director for KU Leuven, or Brajendra Mishra, Center Director.




UPCOMING EVENTS & SUMMER SCHOOLS

  • E-Waste Challenge Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Organised by EIT Climate, UNEP & KU Leuven, Course opens from 4/4/2016. Registration here
  • Hands-on InsPyro workshop on extractive metallurgy – Leuven, 15/4/2016, More details here.
  • Public PhD Defense David Dupont on use of ionic liquids for critical metal recovery – Leuven, Arenberg Castle, 9.30h, 27/4/2016.
  • Res Metallica: Looking deeper into materials – Leuven, 11/5/2016. More details here
  • CR³ Spring Meeting 2016, KU Leuven, Belgium, 17/5/2016 – 18/5/2016 (For Corporate Members and Invited Guests, more info here)
  • Aluminium Innovation Hub Brokerage event – Leuven, 31/5/2016.
  • DEMETER Summer School on Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles – Leuven, Belgium, 24/08/2016 – 26/08/2016.  More details here
  • REDMUD Summer School on the production of aluminium and the zero-waste valorisation of bauxite residue  – Leuven, 29/8/2016 – 31/8/2016. More details here
  • 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece, 28/05/2017 – 31/05/2017

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SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #1
[MARCH 2016]

Dear colleague,

Welcome to this first Newsletter of SIM² KU Leuven, the interdisciplinary Research Cluster at KU Leuven dealing with innovation in urban and landfill mining. This monthly Newsletter will inform you about breakthrough research results, publications, projects, events  etc. The Newsletter will also explore synergies with other initiatives on the Flemish, European and global level. We hope it leads to novel co-operations and we are always open for suggestions. (Peter Tom Jones, Chairman SIM² KU Leuven)



In 2013 the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) was set up by the European Commission at the request of the European Parliament. Its long awaited, final report was released in June 2015. In the framework of the KU Leuven coordinated EU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN project, a milestone Policy Brief, providing a summary of ERECON’s recycling chapter, has just been published.  New research policy recommendations are provided.

Download EREAN Policy Brief 2
Download ERECON Final Report

SIM² KU LEUVEN

SIM² KU Leuven (Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management) is the interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven, which develops zero-waste, eco-friendly flow sheets for the valorisation of (1) End-of-Life (critical) metal containing products, (2) mining waste and industrial residues, and (3) landfilled streams.

Read more about SIM² KU Leuven
Download SIM² KU Leuven folder

NEW JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

D. Dupont, et al., Antimony Recovery from End-of-Life Products and Industrial Process Residues: A Critical Review, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2 (1), 2016, 79-103.  Download here C.R. Borra, et al., Smelting of Bauxite Residue (Red Mud) in View of Iron and Selective Rare Earths Recovery, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2 (1), 2016, 28-37. Download here

M. Danthurebandara, et al., Valorisation of thermal treatment residues in Enhanced Landfill Mining: environmental and economic evaluation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 99, 2015, 275-285. Download here

More new SIM² KU Leuven publications can be found here

SIM² KU LEUVEN IN THE PRESS

Chemistry World (2-10-2015) reported how SIM² KU Leuven researchers have developed a green method to extract antimony from lamp phosphor waste. Download here

Knack (13-1-2016) featured a 3-page interview with Prof. Koen Binnemans on the lessons learned from the rare earth crisis. Download here

Mblad published an article about the availability of critical metals for clean technologies  (Mblad, 1(1), 2016, 4-7). Download here

CALL FOR PAPERS

Following the successful Third Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium in Lisbon (February 2016) it has been decided that there will be a Special Issue on Enhanced Landfill Mining in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. Papers should cover ELFM of mono-landfills containing mining waste and industrial residues.

NEW PROJECTS

EU H2020 REMAGHIC
This SPIRE project, which started in October 2015, contributes to Europe’s rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the TRLs for a new generation of industrial processes. The project is led by CIDAUT with KU Leuven the only university partner. More details here
MIP ICON MIVAMIL
This Flemish Environmental & Energy Technology Innovation Platform project targets the “MIning and VAlorisation of critical Metals from former Industrial Landfills” (MIVAMIL). The project is a collaboration between Campine, Witteveen & Bos, Tauw België, Recmix Belgium, Jacobs Beton and KU Leuven.

SIM² KU LEUVEN OUTREACH

In October 2015 the European Parliament organised its first ever Seminar on Enhanced Landfill Mining (together with EURELCO). A  summary booklet has been launched, with testimonials from the EC, the EP and other key stakeholders. Conclusions? Europe needs improved inventories for its 500,000+ landfills; a vision for Europe’s landfills needs to be developed along with a set of innovative technolo­gies that can upcycle the ex­cavated waste into valuable products.

Download booklet ELFM EP Seminar

UPCOMING EVENTS & SUMMER SCHOOLS

DEMETER Summer School
Design and recycling of rare-earth permanent magnet motors and generators in hybrid and full electric vehicles – Leuven, Belgium, 24/08/2016 – 26/08/2016 –
More details here REDMUD Summer School
Production of aluminium and the zero-waste valorisation of bauxite residue – Leuven, Belgium, 29/08/2016 – 31/08/2016 –
More details here

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