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Will EU produce rare earths from its own mines?

In 2013 the FP7 EURARE project was initiated with as goal to develop sustainable exploitation schemes for Europe’s rare-earth ore deposits. Recently, an overview article was published in the Johnson Matthey Technology Review.

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Ten good reasons to use solvometallurgy

The position paper “Solvometallurgy: an emerging branch of extractive metallurgy” is now available as an open access paper from the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy website. The paper presents ten reasons to use solvometallurgy.

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Kick-off VLAIO O&O ANTARES project completed

On April 18, 2017, the VLAIO O&O ANTARES project kicked off at the premises of Campine in Beerse (Belgium). ANTARES targets high-grade antimony trioxide production from a diversified antimony-containing feed stream.

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Oliver Gutfleisch (TUD) wins ERC Advanced Grant

SIM² KU Leuven is happy to share the news that its ETN EREAN colleague at the Technical Unversity of Darmstadt (Germany), Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch, has been granted a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant on magnetocaloric cooling.

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Breakthrough in lamp phosphor recycling

Steff Van Loy, Koen Binnemans & Tom Van Gerven (SIM² KU Leuven) achieved a milestone with respect to lamp phosphor recycling. Using ball milling they significantly enhanced the rare-earth leaching rates in the lamp phosphors.

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Solvometallurgy: an emerging branch in metallurgy

In order to position this emerging branch within extraction metallurgy, Prof. Koen Binnemans and Dr. Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven) have authored a milestone position paper to present the opportunities and challenges for this exciting development within the metallurgy domain.

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DEMETER & NEW-MINE featuring in DOCVILLE

On March 2017, 2017, SIM² KU Leuven will present two of its successful animation videos in the “Research Roulette" programme of the DOCVILLE (film) festival in Leuven. Both recycling of e-cars and Enhanced Landfill Mining feature!

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E-cars & e-bikes in EU-28: what about recycling?

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) recently published a milestone report on e-mobility in Europe. The report “focuses upon electric passenger vehicles, explaining the different types that are now available on the market, how each type works, and their respective advantages ...

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