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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.
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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

24/08/2016 - 26/08/2016 DEMETER Summer School
29/08/2016 - 31/08/2016 REDMUD Summer School
28/05/2017 - 31/05/2017 2nd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources (ERES 2017), Santorini, Greece

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

  • PhD dissertation David Dupont on ionic liquid technology now available
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     On 27 April 2016 David Dupont (Department of Chemistry) obtained his PhD degree from KU Leuven. His work on the use of ionic liquid... more
  • 2 KU Leuven red mud papers in Top 25 Most Downloaded Papers in Minerals Engineering
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    C.R. Borra, et al., Selective recovery of rare earths from bauxite residue by combination of sulfation, roasting and leaching, Minerals... more
  • Prof. Koen Binnemans wins Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET
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    On the 16th of March 2016 the European Research Council (ERC) formally approved the Advanced Grant proposal of Prof. Koen Binnemans (SIM²... more
  • New review paper on zero-waste valorisation of landfilled industrial process residues
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    Peter Tom Jones, Koen Binnemans, Towards zero-waste valorisation of landfilled stocks and fresh flows of critical-metal-containing... 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

  • 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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    Applications are invited for the remaining PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie... more
  • 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
  • 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