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 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. 

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.
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.
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.

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.
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
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".
  • 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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