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RARE³ KU Leuven featured in new Environmental Magazine “Mblad”

Mblad, the brand new B2B magazine about the environment, sustainability and innovation published a article about the availability issue of Critical Metals with respect to clean technologies. RARE³ KU Leuven features within the article (full reference: Mblad, 1 (1), 2016, 4-7). You can read the entire article here.

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Collaboration reduces barriers to rare earth separation (RARE³ KU Leuven in Chemistry World)

As part of ongoing research into critical metal reuse and recycling, chemical engineers have teamed up with chemists to develop a simple photochemical method for separating vital rare earth metals, europium and yttrium.1Rare earth elements are crucial for modern technologies such as batteries, magnets and consumer electronics, but their similar chemical properties make them difficult to separate.

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RARE³ KU Leuven breakthrough: Separating rare earth metals with UV light

Researchers from the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a method to separate two rare earth elements – europium and yttrium – with UV light instead of with traditional solvents. Their findings, which were published in Green Chemistry, offer new opportunities for the recycling of fluorescent lamps and low-energy light bulbs.

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Wanted: new ways to recycle metals (C&EN, April 2015)

RARE³ team (Binnemans & Dupont, KU Leuven) obtains worldwide press coverage with its work on REE recycling through ionic liquids. The work is now picked up in an feature article on novel recycling methods in the journal Chemistry & Engineering News, the magazine for the members of the American Chemical Society.

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