Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Willem Vereycken

Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Willem Vereycken

In September 2018 Willem Vereycken started his PhD in the SOLVOMET lab supervised by Prof. Koen Binnemans (cf. Research Line 3 in SIM² KU Leuven). This week he has been nominated for short list for the “Eos Scriptieprijs 2018” for his excellent Master Thesis on the...
Green (IL-based) solvents developed to dissolve gold

Green (IL-based) solvents developed to dissolve gold

SIM² KU Leuven researchers from the SOLVOMET Group developed new leaching solutions to dissolve metals, based on non-volatile ionic liquids. These compounds proved to be sufficiently strong oxidizers to dissolve gold, forming a safer alternative for the aggressive...
The Quest of the Negative Sequence (for extraction of REEs)

The Quest of the Negative Sequence (for extraction of REEs)

The extraction of lanthanides from nitrate media with basic nitrate extractants shows a remarkable decreasing trend when going from left to right in the lanthanide series. The Binnemans group (SOLVOMET KU Leuven) is taking the first step into explaining this...
New Mg–REEs alloys developed within the EU Remaghic project

New Mg–REEs alloys developed within the EU Remaghic project

The EU Horizon 2020 Remaghic project on “New Recovery Processes to produce Rare Earth -Magnesium Alloys of High Performance and Low Cost” has come to an end. The key results obtained in this Innovation Action project are summarised by Blanca Araujo Perez...
Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)

Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)

In September 2015 the European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles (in short: ETN DEMETER) was initiated. As the project is near completion, the DEMETER Closing...
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...