SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter #5

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)

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.
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 here

Joint 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.

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. 
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).
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.

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.
  • 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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