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Best Bauxite Residue Paper Award goes for ETN REDMUD

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‘Best Bauxite Residue Paper Award’ at the 35th International ICSOBA 2017 Conference goes to ETN REDMUD paper “High Temperature Processing Options for the Valorisation of Bauxite Residue toward New Materials” by Tobias Hertel, Bart Blanpain and Yiannis Pontikes. The conference took place in Hamburg, Germany from 2-5 October 2017 Seven PhD candidates of the MSCA REDMUD project attended this year’s edition of the ...

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Symposium on Social License to Operate (21-2-18)

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As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth - Stories from Below”, a unique symposium on the Social License to Operate with respect to the mining and recycling of critical metals is taking place on February 21, 2018 (Leuven).

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ELFM IV Symposium programme & registration

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On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. This week the full Symposium programme was released. Early bird registration is now possible.

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EC publishes new list of Critical Raw Materials

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On September 13, 2017, the EC finally published its updated list of Critical Raw Materials. SIM² KU Leuven will continue to provide recovery/recycling technology for the following CRMs: Sb, Co, Ga, Ge, In, PGMs, REEs and Sc.

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In memoriam Prof. Risto Harjula (Helsinki U.)

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SIM² KU Leuven & EREAN/REDMUD are deeply saddened to hear the news that our wonderful colleague, Prof. Risto Harjula (U. Helsinki), has passed away on September 11, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Risto’s family.

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SOLVOMET, a new Industrial Service Centre

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SIM² KU Leuven has just launched “SOLVOMET”, an Industrial Service Centre whose mission is to support its industrial partners in the development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals.

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China Global Television Network reports on ELFM

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In the aftermath of the publication of the animated promotional videos of ETNs NEW-MINE and SOCRATES, we were contacted by China Global Television Network (CGTN) who made a brief report on the projects’ ground-breaking research.

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Towards a new Rare Earth Association: GloREIA

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In June 2017 the EIT RawMaterials network has approved the GloREIA KIC Added Value project, which stands for “Towards a Global Rare Earth Industry Association”. The funding for this EIT RawMaterials project is 300,000 EUR.

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New Policy Brief on EU Rare Earth Supply Chain

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In the framework of the EU EREAN and DEMETER projects on Rare Earth recycling, a new Policy Brief “ERES 2017: Six Lessons Learned” was launched in order to stimulate (policy) debate about the Europe's Rare Earth supply.

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