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...
New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

New PhD on REE recovery from bauxite residue

On July 2nd, 2018, Dženita Avdibegović obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry. She successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue leachates by functionalised sorbents‘. (Leuven, 02/08/2018) The research was supervised by...
MSA: a green solvent for REE recovery

MSA: a green solvent for REE recovery

Within the EU H2020 REMAGHIC project, SIM² KU Leuven developed a process to recover rare earths from lamp phosphor waste by dissolution in concentrated methanesulphonic acid (MSA), a green solvent known for its characteristics of thermal stability, low toxicity and...