CSIRO Waite Campus Seminar: Dr Kris Broos
Jul 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The following seminar will take place at 11:00 am on Thursday 4th July in the CSIRO Building 1 seminar room, Gate 4 Waite Rd, Urrbrae
Giving value to industrial waste
Dr Kris Broos | Flemish Institute for Technological Research | VITO · Research Group for Materials Technology
Closing material loops and resource efficiency are both crucial when striving for sustainable material use within a circular economy. VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, has a strong focus on innovations that improve the recycling possibilities for low-grade ores and mineral waste streams (metal slags, construction and demolition waste, bottom ashes, dredging sludges and mine tailings). On the one hand, we investigate how we can recover critical or economically valuable metals from these streams, and on the other hand, we develop new solutions for the remaining mineral fractions (often more than 95% of the total waste stream). The cleaned mineral fractions offer great opportunities within the building sector, not only as an inert aggregate, but more and more as a potential replacement for cement, one of the largest contributors to the global CO2 production.
During his seminar, Kris Broos (expert Sustainable materials) will further dive into the story ‘from waste-to-product’ with a range of cases and examples.
About the Speaker
Dr Kris Broos graduated in 1999 as environmental engineer and obtained a PhD in Applied and Biological Sciences in 2003 at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). After 5 years of environmental research at the CSIRO Land and Water in Australia, Kris moved back to Belgium to work at VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. With a track record of more than 30 SCI papers and a strong involvement in several large EU projects (H2020, FP7, Interreg, EIT Raw Materials), Kris has become an expert on Sustainable Materials Management. His field of expertise is the transformation of inorganic waste streams into new resources and products. In particular, the recycling of construction and demolition waste, metal slags, and industrial waste streams have been some of his focus areas. Currently, Kris is exploring a new strategic research line on the use of sensor-based technologies and machine learning for the inline characterization of heterogeneous waste streams.
Enquiries to Jeff Baldock: Jeff.Baldock@csiro.au