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The Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management (SIM2) Consortium at KU Leuven

  • P. T. Jones
  • T. Van Gerven
  • K. Van Acker
  • Y. Pontikes
  • Ö. Cizer
  • K. Binnemans
  • B. Blanpain

Abstract

The transition towards resource efficient, closed-loop economies is an urgent necessity as our world is facing resource shortages and unprecedented environmental challenges. Research groups in Metallurgy, Geology, Chemical Engineering, Building Materials, Chemistry, Economics, Process Psychology and Law at KU Leuven (Belgium) have recently connected their expertise in the area of recovery and recycling of inorganic materials into a structural collaboration, the ‘Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management’ (SIM2) program. This has led to a growth and an intensification of research projects as well as local and international research cooperation, propelling SIM2 to a flagship topic for the involved research groups and for the KU Leuven as a whole.

In our presentation we will highlight the vision, the organization in collaborative programs as well as the research topics of the program at KU Leuven. In addition we will elucidate the role of SIM2 in co-organizing a potential urban mining node for an EIT-KIC on critical raw materials.

Keywords

Resource management recycling recovery industry-university cooperation rare earths 

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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. Jones
    • 1
  • T. Van Gerven
    • 2
  • K. Van Acker
    • 1
  • Y. Pontikes
    • 1
  • Ö. Cizer
    • 3
  • K. Binnemans
    • 4
  • B. Blanpain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Metallurgy and Materials EngineeringKU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringKU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringKU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryKU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium

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