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WELCOME TO THE RARE³ WEBSITE

RARE³ is the KU Leuven Research Platform focusing on the Advanced Recycling and Reuse of Rare Earths and other Critical Metals. As part of a comprehensive zero-waste approach, RARE³ develops breakthrough recycling processes for both complex End-of-Life waste and newly produced and historically landfilled industrial residues containing critical metals. The use of ionic liquid technology (“ionometallurgy”) forms one of the core research activities within RARE³.

Upcoming events

15/04/2015 - 17/04/2015 4th International Slag Valorisation Symposium
06/09/2015 - 09/09/2015 ICFE-9
05/10/2015 - 07/10/2015 BR2015

The RARE³ Platform

RARE³ represents the KU Leuven Research Platform focusing on the Advanced Recycling and Reuse of Rare Earths and other Critical Metals (indium, germanium, tantalum, cobalt, etc.). RARE³ is one of four Research Lines within the Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management Research Cluster at KU Leuven (SIM² KU Leuven). As part of the comprehensive zero-waste approach targeted in SIM² KU Leuven, RARE³ performs fundamental, strategic and applied science in order to develop breakthrough recycling processes for complex End-of-Life products (e.g. permanent magnets, lamp phosphors) and newly produced and historically landfilled industrial residues containing critical metals. These residues include bauxite residue (red mud), goethite, phosphogypsum, metallurgical slags etc. Flagship research activities within RARE³ are (1) the use of ionic liquid technology (“ionometallurgy”) for the recovery, separation and purification of critical metals; (2) the application of methods of process intensification to improve the recovery methods; and (3) the development of novel electrometallurgical processes. To corroborate the environmental benefits of the RARE³ recycling processes, novel Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies are developed and implemented.


News

  • Press message KU Leuven: Recycling of rare-earth elements from fluorescent and energy saving lamps
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    KU Leuven Chemists have developed an innovative process, based on ionic liquid technology, for the recycling of the metals europium and... more
  • New REE recycling review paper RARE³ KU Leuven accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production
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    After the milestone review paper of RARE³ KU Leuven/EREAN , the KU Leuven team has now received confirmation concerning the acceptance of... more
  • KU Leuven/MC-ITN EREAN rare-earth recycling review paper crowned as both "Hot Paper" and "Highly Cited Paper"
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    The KU Leuven/MC-ITN EREAN rare-earth recycling review paper has been crowned as both “Hot paper” (“… received enough citations in... more
  • KU Leuven RARE³ team on the front cover of Green Chemistry for its cutting-edge ionic liquid research
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    The KU Leuven RARE³ team has developed an innovative process for the recycling of rare earths from lamp phosphors, based on ionic liquid... more

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Press

  • Ionic liquid a perfect fit for rare earth recycling (Chemistry World)
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    Chemists in Belgium have shown how an intriguing ionic liquid they developed 10 years ago can recover valuable rare earth metals from... more
  • KU Leuven chemists retrieve rare earth metals from lamps (Flanders Today)
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    Chemists from the University of Leuven have developed a new method to retrieve the metals europium and yttrium from discarded fluorescent... more
  • Chemici recycleren zeldzame metalen uit tl en spaarlampen (De Standaard)
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    Scheikundigen van de KULeuven hebben een nieuwe methode ontwikkeld om kostbare metalen terug te winnen uit tl en spaarlampen. Leuvense... more
  • Zeldzame grondstoffen uit tl-lamp (EOS)
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    Spaar- en tl-lampen bevatten waardevolle metalen zoals yttrium en europium, zogenoemde ‘zeldzame aarden’. Wetenschappers aan de KU... more

Jobs

  • URGENT ! (Feb. 2015) ! 2 PhD positions available in the flagship EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN REDMUD Project
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    !URGENT! 2 open PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN Project REDMUD (European Training Network for... more
  • 15 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN Project REDMUD (European Training Network for Zero-Waste Valorisation of Bauxite Residue, Project 636876)
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    Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Hungary Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage... more