Register for Summer School To mine or not to mine

Register for Summer School To mine or not to mine

Researchers are invited to (pre)register for the Summer School “To mine or not to mine – A multi-criteria assessment of the landfill mining of municipal and industrial solid waste deposits” (September 10-12, 2018). This latest Summer School is organised in Leuven...
New Policy Brief on bauxite residue reprocessing

New Policy Brief on bauxite residue reprocessing

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 Baleomenos (Aluminium...
New “TED-talk” on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM)

New “TED-talk” on Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM)

SIM² KU Leuven and EURELCO coordinator Peter Tom Jones was invited to provide a TED-talk in Mechelen for the University of Flanders (Universiteit van Vlaanderen). In a 15 minute-talk (in Dutch) Jones explains the Enhanced Landfill Mining concept, covering the role of...
A new association for the global REE industry

A new association for the global REE industry

On March 29, 2018, the official kick-off event for the GloREIA project took place in Brussels. GloREIA is to become a new, global association for the rare earth industry. The GloREIA project receives support from EIT RawMaterials. (Leuven, 5-4-2018) There are industry...
Non-aqueous SX provides enhanced separations

Non-aqueous SX provides enhanced separations

In the framework of the ERC SOLCRIMET project SIM² KU Leuven researchers have found that replacement of water by ethylene glycol provides enhanced selectivity in the solvent extraction of transitions metals from rare earth elements. These findings have now been...
Separation of REEs from bauxite residue leachate

Separation of REEs from bauxite residue leachate

This new RSC Advances paper by Dženita Avdibegović,  Mercedes Regadío  and  Koen Binnemans (SIM² KU Leuven & SOLVOMET) demonstrates the effectiveness of a novel supported ionic liquid phase (SILP) for the uptake of REEs (Sc, Y, Nd, Dy) in the presence of base...