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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

30/03/2015 Fourth IUC RARE³ Meeting in Leuven
15/04/2015 - 17/04/2015 4th International Slag Valorisation Symposium
06/09/2015 - 09/09/2015 ICFE-9

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

  • 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
  • KU Leuven features in the first issue of the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy with a paper on the Balance Problem
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     A new year, a new Journal! In line with the steady transition to a low-carbon circular economy, Springer is producing its first issue of... more

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Press

  • Afval bevat waardevolle metalen (Knack)
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    Article appeared in the Flemish News Magazine Knack (25-2-2015), following the RARE³ breakthrough in research concerning the recycling of... more
  • From urban to landfill mines (Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal)
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    Feature article published in EU Magazine: Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal, January 2015, 110-111 In view of a more sustainable urban... more
  • SRCR 2014: Waste streams could offer secondary mineral resources
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    Industrial Minerals, 2014 Finland-based engineering group Outotec Oyj has called on the mineral processing industry to recognise its... more
  • Let’s Not Waste Our e-waste
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    Chemistry International - The News Magazine of IUPAC, July-August 2014 Waste. Most people will associate this word with something they... 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