EU “Raw Materials Week” 2018

EU “Raw Materials Week” 2018

Following the success of the Raw Materials Week 2017, the 3rd edition of the EU “Raw Materials Week” will take place from Monday 12-11 to Friday 16-11-2018 in Brussels. It builds on a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the...
Quo vadis SIM MaRes? Can low-grade residues be valorised?

Quo vadis SIM MaRes? Can low-grade residues be valorised?

On September 17, 2018, 40 persons from academia, research organisations and industry attended the SIM MaRes Sounding Board meeting in Novotel Leuven. The objective of the day was to realign the Flemish-funded SIM MaRes programme – “developing novel technologies for...
Deep Eutectic Solvents, Fifty Shades of Grey and Brexit

Deep Eutectic Solvents, Fifty Shades of Grey and Brexit

What is the link between Brexit and Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs)? Well, Stelios Spathariotis (Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at the University of Leicester (UK) in the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project) has embarked on a highly original and artistic method to reach out to a...
Milestone biohydrometallurgy event in Orléans on 10-10-2018

Milestone biohydrometallurgy event in Orléans on 10-10-2018

PROMETHEE and BRGM, the French geological survey, are organising a milestone workshop dedicated to bioleaching and biohydrometallurgy on October 10, 2018. The event will focus on the bioleaching state-of-the-art, current research and industrial projects and...
Prof. Binnemans wins LeCoq de Boisbaudran award at ICfE-10

Prof. Binnemans wins LeCoq de Boisbaudran award at ICfE-10

Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM² KU Leuven & Solvomet) was recently given the LeCoq de Boisbaudran award for his “outstanding and long-lasting contribution” in the field of rare earth recycling. The prize was awarded during the tenth International Conference on...
Novel Sm/Co separation process for SmCo magnets

Novel Sm/Co separation process for SmCo magnets

SIM² KU Leuven researchers have developed a novel approach to separate samarium from cobalt originating from SmCo magnets. Their newly published paper in Separation and Purification Technology (210 (2019) 209–218) introduces very simple and cheap-to-maintain solvent...