Non-aqueous SX provides enhanced separations


In the framework of the ERC SOLCRIMET project KU Leuven researchers have found that replacement of water by ethylene glycol provides enhanced selectivity in the solvent extraction of transitions metals from rare earth elements.

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Separation of REEs from bauxite residue leachate


This new RSC Advances paper demonstrates the effectiveness of a novel supported ionic liquid phase (SILP) for the uptake of REEs (Sc, Y, Nd, Dy) in the presence of base elements (Ca, Al, Fe) from bauxite residue (BR) leachates.

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A success story based on red mud


We proudly present to you #MSCA ITN fellow of the week Andrei Goronovski, part of the international research project REDMUD, in the science and technology of recycling waste. Red mud, or better bauxite residue – is a major source of critical raw materials which can be recycled and used for clean technologies in the future. To assess and research the ...

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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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