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On 21st November, CHROMIC will participate in the satellite event of the Raw Materials Week 2019 named “How to define the impact of new technologies? A workshop on Sustainability assessment”. The workshop will gather a broad cluster of EU H2020 projects such as METGROW+(https://metgrowplus.eu/), NEMO(https://h2020-nemo.eu/) and CHROMIC itself, to discuss important issues regarding the economic sustainability and the beneficial impacts for the environment and for the whole society of the processes that are being developed to recover and valorize raw materials.

Questions such as how to determine the impact of resource recovery versus landfilling for such new processes and technologies will be presented and carefully addressed in an interactive debate aiming to formulate policy recommendations.

The event will take place at Le Plaza Hotel, Adolphe Maxlaan 118/126, 1000 Brussel.

To register, visit this page: https://apps01.vito.be/vitoevents/inschrijving/SustainAssessment2019.aspx.

The programme of the workshop is the following:

14.00: Welcome and introduction to the workshop

14.15: Sustainability in recovering metals from secondary resources: Approach and lessons learned in METGROW+ and CHROMIC (Yoko Dams, VITO and Koen Oorts, ARCHE)

14.35: Sustainability in the mining sector: Approach and lessons learned in NEMO (Andrea di Maria, KU Leuven)

14.50: Sustainability in enhanced landfill mining: Approach and lessons learned in NEW-MINE (Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven)

15.00: Summary and common issues

15.15: coffee break

15.45-16.45: Interactive discussion

16.45: wrap-up and outlook to next event

17.00 – 18.00: networking cocktail


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Our project coordinator Liesbeth Horckmans (VITO) will be speaking at the EU Raw Materials Week 2019 (Brussels, 18th-22nd November). She was invited to present the progress of CHROMIC during the event named “Horizon 2020 Technology Success Stories”, which will take place on the 18th.

The Raw Materials Week is the most important EU annual event in the sector, gathering a wide range of stakeholders to discuss raw materials policy and initiatives, to provide guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials.

The “Horizon 2020 Technology Success Stories” event is focused on tangible results and impact of the H2020 projects in the area of raw materials and more broadly on the benefits that industry and society will gain from their developments. Horckmans will participate in the session “Raw materials processing and recovery”, alongside, among others, representatives of CHROMIC’s closely related projects FAME (http://www.fame-project.info/), METGROW+ (https://metgrowplus.eu/) and SCALE (http://scale-project.eu/).

This represents an important opportunity to team up among projects that share the same overall goals of developing technologies to strengthen the mineral sector and improve the circular economy in the EU. The exchange of outcomes and methodologies that will result from the joint participation to the event will contribute to the accomplishments of those objectives.

Furthermore, as CHROMIC is now entering its final year, the event will also be useful for taking stock of all the work that has been done so far, as well as for gaining extra momentum to proficiently deal with the challenges that remain to be tackled.


30 September 2019 Events

Matti Buyle with VITO presented his research work within CHROMIC at the 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM), which took place on 1st – 4th September in Poznan, Poland. The LCM conference series is one of the world’s leading forums for environmental, economic and social sustainability, focusing on practical solutions for the implementation of life cycle approaches into effective decision-making, whether in science, industry, NGOs or public bodies.

Buyle gave a talk in the special session “Emerging Technologies – Sustainable Future or Rising Risks?”. His presentation mainly focused on estimating the environmental impact of a technology on an industrial scale, based on lab-scale data only. By using the preliminary data of one slag type (CS slag), he showed how in CHROMIC the first steps have been taken to upscale the lab results and get an idea of the environmental profile on an industrial scale.

As Buyle reported, “This is particularly relevant, as the first iteration in CHROMIC is done and the presented results – even though very preliminary and highly uncertain – could be used to streamline further research efforts in the next iteration”.  


On 26th September Kathy Bru with BRGM will present the CHROMIC project at a technical event organized by AFOCO, an association that deals with the valorization and management of industrial by-product, bringing together the main French operators in the sector. The event is called “Creating economic and environmental value? With the alternative materials of course!” and will take place in Lille, France.

All the details about the event at http://www.afoco.org/actualite.php?actualite=34


On 9th September dr. Niall O’Toole with HZDR presented a poster about CHROMIC at the ILSEPT 2019 International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology (Melia Sitges, Sitges, Spain). The poster – prepared with HZDR colleagues Alexander Mansel, Norman Kelly and Christiane Scharf – was titled “Separation and recovery of chromium and vanadium from alkaline leaching solutions of Cr-V-bearing slags” and illustrated the research on solvent extraction carried out in CHROMIC.

ILSEPT 2019 is aimed at being an event in which researchers in academia and industry can share and discuss cutting edge results on the use of ionic liquids in separation applications. As reported by O’Toole, the CHROMIC research on solvent extraction met the interest of many participants working in the field of chemical separation.




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The CHROMIC’s results will be presented at EUROCLAY 2019 (https://euroclay2019.sciencesconf.org/) by VITO’s researcher Elena M. Seftel. EUROCLAY is one of the most important scientific meetings in the field of clays and clay minerals, an event taking place every four years, in which the latest cutting-edge results of this research area are presented. The forthcoming edition of the event will be held at Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC) in the center of Paris, France, from 1st to 5th July.

Two contributions will show the research conducted by VITO within CHROMIC. The first one is a poster titled “Sorption of metal oxyanions from complex solutions by layered double hydroxide (LDHs) type anionic clays” will be part of the session “Layered double hydroxides for Future Earth”, whereas the second, an oral presentation called “Clay-based structured composites for oxyanions uptake from aqueous waste effluents” (realized in collaboration with the Laboratory of Adsorption and Catalysis of the University of Antwerpen), will be presented during the session “Clay and clay minerals in ceramics: from industrial to new hierarchical/textural materials”.


On Wednesday 26 June dr. Niall O’Toole from HZDR will give a talk about research carried out within CHROMIC at the European Metallurgical Conference (EMC), in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The topic of the presentation will be the development of a solvent extraction process for recovery of chromium and vanadium from steel slags, which is one of the main scientific and technological tasks tackled in CHROMIC.

The EMC is one of the most important international conference and meeting for metallurgists and engineers from the non-ferrous industry and research institutes in Europe. Besides its relevance, the event is particularly focused on the theme of sustainability, a founding theme of the CHROMIC project’s philosophy.

Further information about the European Metallurgical Conference 2019 at the conference website https://emc.gdmb.de/welcome/


VITO’s researcher Frantisek Kukurugya will present a paper at the Physical Separation ‘19 Conference, which will take place in Falmouth, UK, from 13th to 14th June. 

The conference, organized by Minerals Engineering International (MEI)(http://www.min-eng.com/), will bring together researchers and operators in the field of physical separation methods, which are of vital importance in the mining sector. On the second day of the event Kukurugya will present the paper titled “Up-concentration of Cr in stainless steel slag and ferrochromium slags by magnetic and gravity separation” (F. Kukurugya, P. Nielsen and L. Horckmans), which shows results obtained by VITO within Work Package 2 of the CHROMIC project.  

Further information about Physical Separation ‘19 at the conference website (http://www.min-eng.com/physicalseparation19/)


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CHROMIC is going to participate in the Raw Materials Summit 2019, which will take place on 20-22 May in Berlin, Germany.

The Raw Materials Summit is the flagship event organized by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) RawMaterials (link https://eitrawmaterials.eu/), the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide.

The summit will bring together experts from all around the world to discuss innovation and new technologies encompassing the entire raw materials value chain. Also, topics such as strategies concerning supply and access of raw materials, European industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity will be covered in-depth, providing a wide understanding of the EU positioning concerning the energy transition and the impact this will have on raw materials supply and policies.

CHROMIC couldn’t miss the event and will contribute by bringing the broad scientific and technological expertise it has gained in the field. Liesbeth Horkmans – the CHROMIC project coordinator – was invited to give a talk about CHROMIC in the “H2020 – research along the raw materials value chain” session of the summit.

Further information about the event here (https://eitrawmaterials.eu/raw-materials-summit-2019/).


The CHROMIC project crosses the ocean to land at PDAC 2019 (https://www.pdac.ca/convention) in Toronto, Canada, from 3rd to 6th March.

The annual PDAC Convention is one of the top international events for the minerals and mining industry, attended by thousands of representatives of industries, research institutes, stakeholders and investors from all around the world.

CHROMIC – along with other Horizon 2020 Raw Materials projects – will be promoted within a dedicated EU booth. A short version of the CHROMIC project video (http://www.chromic.eu/multimedia/chromic-project/) will be presented.



This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 730471

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