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Publications

Below the published journal papers and conference papers written by one of the team members of the NEMO project are listed. These are updated on a regular basis.
The NEMO project partners also organise several activities about public acceptance and present the NEMO project concept, first results, abstracts, etc. at various events.

Presentations about NEMO at various events

  • International Process Metallurgy Symposium 2019 (IPMS) (Finland, 5/11/2019)
    The 2019 International Process Metallurgy Symposium focused on “Metallurgy as a tool for challenges in circular economy”. As such, it emphasizes the important role metallurgy and metallurgists have in solving the resource deficit in metals and minerals. The shift from “traditional” raw material research towards recycled materials is ongoing. Another emerging or growing trend is the need and request for minimizing and utilizing waste in processes. All this underlines the importance of fundamental metallurgical research, knowledge and education, when we are changing from linear economy towards Circular Economy of Metals. Pirkka-Pekka Ollonqvist presented the NEMO project, exposing its concept and first results on “Sulfide precipitation kinetics and particle size distribution in Zn-Ni-Co system”.
  • Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit 2019 (Cyprus, 23/10/2019)
    The 2019 Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit and Exhibition is an yearly event that is science-focused and industrial engineering-oriented, organized since 2003 by the not-for-profit corporation FLOGEN Stars Outreach (www.flogen.org), which is dedicated to achieving sustainability through science and technology. Speakers address the link between scientific and engineering domains in the pursuit of sustainable development. Following the rich tradition of previous years, the summit covered 3 sustainability pillars: (1) Science, Technology & Industry, (2) Governance & Management and (3) Education & Civil Society. Teodor Velea presented the NEMO concept: “Turning the ‘extractive waste problem’ into a ‘resource recovery opportunity’“.
  • EIT KIC Raw Materials NOI re-activate meeting (Germany, 1/09/2019)
    The EIT KIC Raw materials Re-active network of infrastructure brings together all expertise, experience and capabilities comprising the whole process of RE-ACTIVATING closed mine sites in a sustainable manner, using best available technologies. The network is coordinated by NEMO partner DMT. During the annual project workshop, Lieven Machiels presented the NEMO project and other KU Leuven activities in the field of re activation of abandoned mining sites and mining waste recycling. (Read also a report from the closing workshop of the Re-Activate project: “Recycling of Historical Mining Waste, a new business?”)
  • 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM) (Poland, 1/09/2019)
    Andrea Di Maria presented an abstract describing the NEMO concept at the 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM), held in Poznan in September 2019. In his speech “LCA in the mining sector: The environmental implications of new recycling technologies for sulphidic mine residues”, Andrea showed the potential in the integration of environmental, economic and social analysis for the sustainability of the European mining sector.
  • Critical raw materials event at raw materials week 2018 (Belgium, 12/11/2018)
    The NEMO project was one of the European projects presented at the annual Raw Materials Week. During an event on Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), co-organised by the European Commission, and the Horizon 2020 project SCRREEN (a European Expert Network on CRMs), together with other EU projects, a variety of stakeholders got a fresh update about the latest EU activities in the field of Critical Raw Materials.
  • EIP raw materials workshop on tailings (Belgium, 16/05/2018)
    The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials organized an operational Group meeting
    On Re-Mining of Mining Waste. The NEMO project was invited to present its concept and approaches. After the meeting, an extensive report was published on challenges and opportunities for mining waste recycling.

Public acceptance and ‘Social License to Operate’

The NEMO project (co-)organises various events discussing the public acceptance or ‘Social License to Operate’ of mining and recycling industrial activities. The reports of these events can be found below: