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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.

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, flotation tailings 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

  • "ETN NEW-MINERs meet the locals" video launched
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    Preceding the formal kick-off meeting of the EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining, a unique event “New-miners meet... more
  • Campine & KU Leuven win ANTARES project
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    VLAIO O&O ANTARES: new flagship project on antimony trioxide production from a diversified antimony-containing feed stream On March... more
  • EP votes YES to add ELFM to Landfill Directive
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    Breaking News: European Parliament votes YES to include “Enhanced Landfill Mining” in the EU Landfill Directive On 14-3-207 the... more
  • E-cars & e-bikes in EU-28: what about recycling?
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    The European Environmental Agency (EEA) recently published a milestone report on e-mobility in Europe. The report “focuses upon... more

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Press

  • RARE³ KU Leuven featured in new Environmental Magazine "Mblad"
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    Mblad, the brand new B2B magazine about the environment, sustainability and innovation published an article about the availability issue of... more
  • Prof. Binnemans on thorium nuclear reactors in Norwegian television series Occupied
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    Prof. Koen Binnemans (RARE³ KU Leuven) in an interview with the Flemish quality newspaper De Morgen, 29 January 2016, on the issue of... more
  • Prof. Koen Binnemans (RARE³ KU Leuven) in 3 pager in Knack on rare earths and antimony
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    The Flemish weekly quality news magazine Knack (13-1-2016) featured a 3-page interview with Prof. Koen Binnemans on the lessons learnt from... more
  • Antimony recovery lights up lamp waste recycling (Chemistry World)
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    Researchers in Belgium have developed a method to extract antimony from lamp phosphor waste and convert residues from the process into... more

Jobs

  • Open position for tailings project at KU Leuven
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    Vacancy for a Post-doc (or PhD*) position for the SMART project – Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings Since the earliest days... more
  • 15 PhD positions in newly approved EU H2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project
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    *Closed* Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie... more
  • 15 PhD positions in newly approved EU H2020 MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project
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    *Closed* Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie... more
  • 2 open PhD position in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, MSCA-ETN Project DEMETER (European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles, Project 674973)
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    *Closed* Applications are invited for the remaining PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the... more