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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 wins new EU Horizon 2020 project: welcome METGROW PLUS
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    METGROW+ is a H2020 project answering the call "new metallurgical systems" (SC5-11E). The project is coordinated by VTT (Finland) with KU... more
  • Dr. Tom Vander Hoogerstraete wins high-profile FWO Postdoc grant on solvent extraction of rare earths
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    Dr. Tom Vander Hoogerstraete (Dept. of Chemistry), a key postdoc in the RARE³ KU Leuven Cluster, has won a prestigious Postdoc Mandate... more
  • SIM ICON SUPERMEX project approved
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    (Leuven, 23-6-2015 ) The Board of Directors of IWT and SIM have formally approved the SIM ICON SUPERMEX project, which is part of the SIM... more
  • Long awaited, final Report of the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) now available
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    The final report "Strengthening of the European Rare Earths Supply Chain - Challenges and policy options" of the European Rare Earths... more

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Press

  • Collaboration reduces barriers to rare earth separation (RARE³ KU Leuven in Chemistry World)
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    As part of ongoing research into critical metal reuse and recycling, chemical engineers have teamed up with chemists to develop a... more
  • 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

Jobs

  • 15 new PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN Project DEMETER (European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles) – On-line application (deadline 30-7-2015)
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    (Leuven, 27-5-2015) On the 12th of May 2015 the European Commission approved the new EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European... more
  • 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