15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers, ESR) in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ETN Project REDMUD

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Positions number 7 and 8 are below.

ESR 7: Process Intensification for rare earth element recovery from BR
Objectives: To intensify the leaching of REEs from BR by different mineral acids by the use of ultrasound reactors, and to determine the optimal process parameters; To use carbon dioxide for the neutralisation of BR.
Host: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Supervisor: Prof. T. Van Gerven (tom.vangerven@cit.kuleuven.be) & Prof. K. Binnemans
Duration*: 36 months

ESR 8: Recovery of rare earths with supported ionic liquid phases  
Objectives: To use supported ionic liquid phases (SILPs) to recover REEs, and especially Sc, from acidic leachates; To develop models to describe the sorption of the metal ions on the SILPs; To investigate different ionic liquid/solid support combinations in SILPs; To perform separation experiments with SILPs in chromatographic columns.
Host: KU Leuven (Belgium)
Supervisor: Prof. K. Binnemans (koen.binnemans@chem.kuleuven.be) Duration*: 36 months