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Proceedings of the Second International Slag Valorisation Symposium: The transition to Sustainable Materials Management


The world is facing unstable but rising fossil energy prices, resource and (critical) raw material shortages and unprecedented environmental challenges. The transition to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is the twin brother of the transition towards a sustainable energy system. As a resource poor and import dependent continent, the European Union in particular is in need of an effective raw material strategy. Such a strategy will need to be based on resource efficiency, recovery and recycling. The valorisation of residues from high-temperature processes - the topic for this Second International Slag Valorisation Symposium – is an essential element of this SMM strategy. In this Symposium Book the reader can find all papers and posters (abstracts) presented at the Second Slag Valorisation Symposium. The papers from the 26 invited speakers are grouped according to four thematic categories:

  • Geopolymers, alkali activation and high-temperature residues
  • Innovative construction materials taking advantage of slags and other high-temperature residues
  • Environmental and legislative barriers for slag and residue valorisation
  • Hot stage slag engineering as a method to improve slag valorisation options

Considering the wide diversity and geographical origin of the speakers, it can be stated that this book provides a rich overview of the contemporary trends in the worldwide research and innovation strategies as regards the valorisation of ferrous and non-ferrous slag, fly ash, bottom ash and numerous other high-temperature residues.


Peter Tom Jones, Yiannis Pontikes, Jan Elsen, Özlem Cizer, Luc Boehme, Tom Van Gerven, Daneel Geysen, Muxing Guo, Bart Blanpain


List of Poster Abstracts, 26 + 1 Papers, List of participants (all papers are available as individual pdf-files at the Downloads page).

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Board of Scientific Advisers

A Board of Scientific Advisers reviewed all papers before being published. This Board of Scientific Advisers consisted of the Session Chairpersons, the Session Editors and a number of other internationally recognised experts:

  • George Angelopoulos (University of Patras, Greece)
  • Bart Blanpain (K.U.Leuven)
  • Rob Boom (TUDelft/Tata Steel, The Netherlands)
  • Özlem Cizer (K.U.Leuven)
  • Bert Coletti (MetalloChimique)
  • Jan Elsen (K.U.Leuven)
  • Hurman Eric (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Muxing Guo (K.U.Leuven)
  • Peter Tom Jones (K.U.Leuven)
  • Miroslav Karbowniczek (AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland)
  • Patrick Laevers (Group Machiels)
  • Lenka Muchova (JRC - European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Sevilla, Spain)
  • Angel Palomo (Eduardo Torroja Institute (CSIC), Madrid, Spain)
  • Yiannis Pontikes (K.U.Leuven)
  • Jef Roos (K.U.Leuven)
  • Piotr Scheller (University of Freiberg, Germany)
  • Koen Van Balen (K.U.Leuven)
  • Maurits Van Camp (Umicore)
  • Lucie Vandewalle (K.U.Leuven)
  • Tom Van Gerven (K.U.Leuven)

Symposium Book 1st Slag Valorisation Symposium (April, 2009)

Pdf of the 1st Slag Valorisation Symposium is available here.

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