Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

ESR in the picture: Stelios’ work featured in New Walk Museum

Stelios Leicester

In September 2018 we briefly described PhD student Stylianos Spathariotis’ artwork which linked ‘Deep Eutectic Solvents, Fifty Shades of Grey and Brexit‘. We (and Stelios especially) are very proud to announce that his work, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, has been selected for display in the annual open exhibition at New Walk Museum. The piece combines the science of metal recovery ...

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Fifth SOCRATES network-wide event takes place in Leicester (February 2019)

Leister town hall. Source:

The fifth Network-wide Event of ETN SOCRATES takes place from 19 to 21 February 2019 in Leicester, U.K. The meeting is hosted by Leicester University and the venue is the College Court. During the meeting, the recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors, together with representatives of the partner organisations and the project management, will monitor the progress of ...

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SOCRATES successful Midterm Review & 4th Network-Wide Event in Leuven (Belgium, September 2018)

happy consortium

The fourth Network-Wide Event (NWE4) of MSCA ETN SOCRATES took place on September 13 and 14, 2018, in Leuven (Belgium). It was an important event, as the midterm evaluation was scheduled because the project is halfway. The midterm evaluation meeting started with a short welcome and introduction by the project officer, Maria-Emma Campo Cossio Luhaces. She clarified that “The goal ...

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The 4th International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology is organised in Sitges, Spain (08 – 11 September of 2019)


The ILSEPT-  4th “International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology” is taking place in Sitges (Spain) between 08 – 11 September of 2019. The overall aim of this conference is to gather scientists from different fields, researchers, industrialists to discuss and share new cutting edge results on the use of ionic liquids (ILs) and deep eutectic solvents (DESs) ...

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The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids is taking place to Beijing (May 14 – 19, 2019)

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids is taking place to Beijing (China) on May 14 – 19 of 2019. The ‘COIL’ symposium is one of the most important and influential conferences on an international level in the field of Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). Ionic Liquids is a new generation of solvents making their way in the scientific ...

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Making amorphous slag

a beautiful shiny amorphous slag obtained after quenching

Work Packages 1 and 2 of the SOCRATES project are working on the extraction and recovery of critical and economically important metals that are present in the investigated tailings, sludges, slags and ashes. This leaves behind residual mineral matrices that can be used in our Work Package 3: “Residual matrix valorization”, possibly requiring prior treatment processes. By activating these (treated) residues ...

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To burn or not to burn… Is that a right question?

Figure 2. Waste hierarchy pyramid (source:

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the SOCRATES consortium or any of its members. The Consortium will not take any liability for such statements included in the article. At first, I wanted to write about one weekend, June 15-17, that I spent in ...

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Summer School 2018: “To mine or not to mine” (10-12 September 2018)

Dont miss out on this amazing summer school, sept2018

On September 10-12, 2017, the joint ETN SOCRATES, ETN NEW-MINE & EIT KIC IMAGINE summer school is organised in Leuven, Belgium. The Summer School aims at offering an integral approach for the assessment of landfill mining projects. The interdisciplinary training programme aims at going beyond technical assessment, offering an approach to determine the value of landfill mining from an economic, environmental, ...

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SOCRATES Researcher wins prestigious ADUC-prize!

Chemiedozententagung in Jena
Foto: Maik Schuck / Weimar

Dr. Oldamur Hollóczki from the Mulliken Center for Theoretical Chemistry was awarded with the prestigious ADUC-prize. Every year, the Prize of the Association of German University Professors in Chemistry (ADUC in German – Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Universitätsprofessoren und -professorinnen für Chemie) honors up to three junior research group leaders for the establishment of an independent research area. The prize was conferred ...

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First Socrates paper is out: Selective recovery of gold with novel electrochemical method

Selective recovery of gold with novel electrochemical method

We are pleased to announce that the first peer reviewed journal paper by researchers of the SOCRATES project has been accepted for publication! Researchers of the SOCRATES project from Outotec Oy and Aalto University are developing original process for taking high-purity gold product out of complex hydrometallurgical solution. The proof-of-concept paper has now been published in an Open Access in ...

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