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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

06/09/2015 - 09/09/2015 ICFE-9
05/10/2015 - 07/10/2015 BR2015
08/02/2016 - 10/02/2016 ELFM III

The RARE³ KU Leuven Platform

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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. The corporate folder of RARE³, which covers the flagship topics, the research breakthroughs, the main projects etc., can be downloaded here: low_res_ PDF_RL2_6_2 text inline no blue border


News

  • RARE³ KU Leuven team wins third Marie-Curie European Training Network Project in a row: welcome "MSCA-ETN DEMETER"
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    The RARE³ team is delighted to announce that it has received funding for its EU H2020 MSCA-ETN DEMETER project. Considering an overall... more
  • RARE³ KU Leuven wins new EU H2020 rare-earth recycling project: welcome "REMAGHIC"
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    Abstract: REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europe’s rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the... more
  • Press message RARE³ KU Leuven: Recycling of rare earths from lamps by use of light
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    Collaborative research between chemical engineers and chemists led to a breakthrough in the recycling of rare-earth elements that are used... more
  • 2 new RARE³ papers in Special Issue of Green Chemistry on Elemental Recovery and Sustainability
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    The Green Chemistry special issue on “Elemental Recovery and Sustainability” features two new RARE³ papers. The first paper served as... more

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Press

  • RARE³ KU Leuven breakthrough: Separating rare earth metals with UV light
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    11 May 2015 Researchers from the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a method to separate two rare earth... more
  • Corporate RARE³ KU Leuven folder now available
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    RARE³ Innovative, efficient processes are developed for the recovery of rare-earth elements (REEs) and other critical metals (PGMs, Ge,... more
  • RARE³ in Nature News (23-4-2015): Degrees of separation
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    Chemists hope to break China’s monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from... more
  • Wanted: new ways to recycle metals (C&EN, April 2015)
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    RARE³ team (Binnemans & Dupont, KU Leuven) obtains worldwide press coverage with its work on REE recycling through ionic liquids. The... 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