Belgium / United States – The University of Leuven in Belgium has become the European branch of the prestigious US Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR ³), which is dedicated to developing new technologies for maximising the recovery and recycling of metals used in manufactured products and structures.
CR ³ is part of the US National Science Foundation’s industry/university co-operative research centre programme which, to date, has been limited to academic partners within the USA. This new European expansion project has received financial support from Umicore Group, Machiels, Metallo-Chimique, Nyrstar and ArcelorMittal.
Faculty and students associated with CR ³ will collaborate with industry partners on research leading to advances in recycling and recovery technologies that maximise the capture and reuse of post-consumer scrap and minimise the production of manufacturing scrap. These include sensors, controls and sorting technologies that can identify valuable metals and separate them from the waste stream, as well as new alloys that are easier to recycle.
CR ³ KULeuven is pursuing an active co-operation between the Flemish government and European partners on mapping the transition paths to sustainable materials management.