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Title: CR3: Cornerstone to the sustainable inorganic materials management (SIM2) research program at K.U.Leuven
Authors: Jones, Peter Tom
Van Gerven, Tom
Van Acker, Karel
Geysen, Daneel
Binnemans, Koen
Fransaer, Jan
Blanpain, Bart ×
Mishra, Brajendra
Apelian, Diran #
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Series Title: JOM: the Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society vol:63 issue:12 pages:14-15
Abstract: The transition toward resource efficient, low-carbon closed-loop economies is an urgent necessity as our world is facing unstable but rising fossil energy prices, resource shortages, and unprecedented environmental challenges. In the E.U. in particular the prospect of insufficient and often critical raw materials (metals and minerals) will hamper further economic development. For example, the attempts to increase the share of wind energy, solar power, and electric transportation will face a shortage of critical metals for the production of batteries, PV-panels, and strong magnets. New technologies are required to better separate metals and minerals from leaner ores and secondary materials.
The advanced treatment of secondary raw materials is part of Belgium’s strength in recycling and contributes to the vision of closed loop processes. Companies and policymakers are starting to incite universities and research institutes to increase their efforts in this field as they recognize the urgency of the transition to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) and its researchers are acting to take the lead in this development and to create the scientific insights to support technological innovations for the transition to SMM.
This article will discuss the sustainable inorganic materials management program at K.U.Leuven and its relationship with the Center for Materials Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3).
ISSN: 1047-4838
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Design and Synthesis
Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling
Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems Section
Department of Materials Engineering - miscellaneous
Chemical and Extractive Metallurgy Section (-)
× corresponding author
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