Author Archives: Sim2 Kuleuven

Call for papers ELFM IV Symposium (Feb. 2018)

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The Organisers of ELFM IV are delighted to announce that the call for extended abstracts for the Fourth Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining is now open (see website link here). ELFM IV will take place in Conference Centre LAMOT, Mechelen-Belgium (February 5-6, 2018) and will be followed by the Second ELFM Seminar in the European Parliament (February 7, 2018). ELFM ...

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15 years of slag valorisation @ KU Leuven (SVS V)

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On April 3, 2017, the Fifth Slag Valorisation Symposium (SVS V) kicked off in Leuven. For this Fifth edition a record-breaking attendance of 250 participants was obtained. Prof. Bart Blanpain, on of the Founding Fathers of the SVS Series had the honour to provide the first keynote lecture. Prof. Blanpain provided a bird’s eye overview on 15 years of slag ...

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Solvometallurgy: an emerging branch in metallurgy

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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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Campine & KU Leuven win ANTARES project

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On March 9, 2017, the Flemish Government (VLAIO) officially approved the R&D project ANTARES, a strategic cooperation between Campine, one of the leading antimony trioxide producers in Europe, and SIM² KU Leuven, UCL, InsPyro and Praxair.

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EP votes YES to add ELFM to Landfill Directive

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On 14-3-207 the European Parliament voted about its position with respect to EU Waste Policy. The so-called “Waste Package” concerns four Directives, incl. the Landfill Directive. For the first time, this Landfill Directive is now to endorse “Enhanced Landfill Mining”.

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REE thematic section in J. Sust. Metallurgy

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The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy has just published its thematic section on “Green Rare Earth Elements” (Vol 3, Nr 1). The thematic section features a number of innovations with respect to REE production and recycling.

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China to become net importer of some rare earths

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As China’s insatiable demand for REEs continues to grow over the coming ten years, China’s domestic production will struggle to keep up in all scenarios examined herein, leading the nation to become a net importer of some REEs.

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