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Newsletter #2 - May 2016

Dear colleague,
Welcome to this second Newsletter of the EU Horizon 2020 project "REDMUD", which stands for the European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue (red mud). This Newsletter will inform you about breakthrough results, publications, projects, events... with respect to red mud valorisation. We hope it leads to novel co-operations and we are always open for suggestions. (Lucian Onisei, Dissemination Manager MSCA-ETN REDMUD)

Registration now open for REDMUD Summer School
On 29-31 August 2016 a unique Summer School will take place in Leuven, Belgium. The aim of this Summer School is to bring PhD students and postdocs together to learn and discuss about the production of aluminium and the zero-waste valorisation of bauxite residue (red mud). The summer school consists of 12 comprehensive lectures, which are provided by world class experts, including Ken Evans (consultant for International Aluminium Institute, UK), James Vaughan (University of Queensland, Australia), Bray E. Lee (US Geological Survey, US), Arne Ratvik (SINTEF, Norway), Ester van der Voet (Leiden University, Netherlands) and many others, including leading ETN REDMUD actors. The REDMUD Summer School is co-organised by the RARE3 KU Leuven Cluster and Arenberg Doctoral School. Registration is now open and can be done here.

REDMUD is the European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue, which targets the vast streams of both new and landfilled/stockpiled red mud in the EU-28. REDMUD trains 15 young researchers in the science and technology of bauxite residue zero-waste valorisation, with emphasis on the recovery of iron, aluminium, titianium and the rare earths (incl. scandium) while valorising the residuals into building materials.
By training the researchers in pyro-, hydro- and ionometallurgy, electrolysis, rare-earth extraction and separation technology, inorganic polymer and cement chemistry, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), NORM aspects and characterisation, they become the much needed experts for the growing European critical raw materials industry. 
Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET
Prof. Koen Binnemans (KU Leuven & General Coordinator MSCA-ETN REDMUD) obtained an Advaned ERC Grant for his work on critical metals and ionic liquids. SOLCRIMET’s aim is to successfully apply a ground-breaking metallurgical approach – solvometallurgy – to the extraction of specific critical metals. 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. 
Conference publications by REDMUD ESRs
C. Bonomi, et al., Review of Technologies in the Recovery of Iron, Aluminium, Titanium and Rare Earth Elements from Bauxite Residue, Proc. 3rd Symp. Enhanced Landfill Mining, Lisbon, 2016, 259-276.
T. Hertel, et al., A proposal for the 100% use of bauxite residue, Proc. Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Leuven, 2015, 231-239. (full pdf here).

2 KU Leuven 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.
ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament
This was the first ever Seminar on landfill mining in the EP. It featured two MEPs, speakers of four DGs of the European Commission along with leading actors representing industry, academia and pulbic bodies. The seminar was attended by almost 100 people. Both the EP and EC representatives acknowledged that the EU-28 urgently requires thorough inventories of its landfills and needs to develop a clear vision with respect to landfill mining. Industrial mono-landfills, such as red mud ponds, are to be prioritised.
Special Issue on ELFM
A Special Issue on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy is being prepared. Papers should cover ELFM of mono-landfills containing mining waste (tailings) and industrial residues, such as red mud, goethite sludge, phosphogypsum, metallurgical slags etc. All details about scope and deadlines can be found here.

Special Issue on green rare earth production
The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (JSM) is now seeking manuscripts for a thematic collection on the topic of rare earths. Accepted papers would be published in 2016. Authors interested in submitting to this collection should contact Guest Editor Bernd Friedrich, RWTH Aachen University, directly at More info here.
  • Aluminium Innovation Hub Brokerage eventLeuven, 31/5/2016
  • 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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