Author Archives: Sim2 Kuleuven

Smartphones, geopolitics and a stubborn Belgian

Following the Social License to Operate Symposium in Leuven (Feb’ 21, 2018, Artefact), Dirk Draulans (a renowned science journalist), produced a three-page article for Knack, Flanders’ leading political (weekly) magazine.

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Valorisation of secondary resources: quo vadis?

On 21 Feb’ 2017, SIM² KU Leuven attended the closing conference of the INSPIRE project in Cardiff (Wales). Joris Roosen presented KU Leuven’s perspective on the challenges for the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade resources.

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Artefact SLO Symposium: Five Lessons Learned

In this article “Five lessons learned” Peter Tom Jones reflects on the Artefact Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining & recycling of critical metals and summarises some key take-home messages. Reactions are welcome.

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ELFM IV (February 2018): Six lessons learned

In this article “Six lessons learned” Peter Tom Jones reflects on the 4th International Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM IV) Symposium and summarises some key take-home messages. Quo vadis for ELFM? Reactions are welcome.

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Extraction of rare earths from bauxite residue

In the context of the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD project, KU Leuven researchers have published a new method to extract rare earths (REEs) from bauxite residue (red mud) by dry digestion followed by water leaching.

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ELFM IV Symposium testimonial video now available

The ELFM IV organising committee has released a 5-minute video (Feb’ 2018), which integrates multiple testimonials and perspectives from the EC, national public bodies, academia, industry and civil society. A great executive summary!

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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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