The rare-earth element Balance Problem revisited


Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

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Umicore announces battery production investments


On February 8, 2018, Umicore reported a net profit of 267 million euro in 2017. Concurrently, Umicore announced an investment of 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials for a.o. electric vehicles.

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ELFM IV Symposium book has been released


The organising committee of the ELFM IV Symposium (Feb’ 5-6, 2018) is happy to share the ELFM IV Symposium Book (ed. Jones & Machiels, Feb’ 2018). ELFM IV offers a total of 50 papers, grouped according to 4 thematic categories.

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SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check


In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors - Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden - provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues.

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To mine or not to mine, that is the question


Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

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ELFM and EURELCO featured in the Financial Times


Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM.

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EURARE project is completed


The EURARE project began on the 1st of January 2013, and ran for five years (Balomenos et al., 2017). Its main goal was to set the basis for the development of a sustainable European REE industry. It aimed to safeguard the uninterrupted supply of REE raw materials and products crucial for sectors of the EU economy (including automotive, electronics, machinery ...

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EU H2020 MSCA ETN REDMUD receives prize again!


The presentation: ‘Alternative Binder Formation and Iron Extraction From Chemically and Thermally Modified Bauxite Residue’ by EU ETN REDMUD researcher Tobias Hertel, was awarded the prize for the best oral presentation at the EUROMAT 2017 (organized by the Federation of European Material Societies), Thessaloniki, 17-22 September in the Area H: Raw Materials.

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Best Bauxite Residue Paper Award goes for ETN REDMUD


‘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)


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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