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European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)





CloudMEDIA-ULg (01/2014 - 12/2020)

PIerre Leclercq

ECOLISER: Eco-binders for the sol treatment, permeability and road construction (01/2014 - 12/2023)

Luc Courard, Frédéric Collin (Supervisors), Zengfeng ZHAO (Researcher)

This research project focuses on the development of binder material formulations based on industrial by-products or waste. The pozzolanic binders, based on the use of lime and active silica (such as slag, biomass fly ash, etc.), will be investigated. The developed eco-binders may be combined with recycled aggregates/sands to optimize the granular skeleton in order to obtain a product based on 100% recycled materials. These products will be developed in the form of stabilized sands, dry roller compacted concrete or sand concrete and used in the construction industry. More.

EMR Connect (01/2017 - 12/2019)

Mario Cools (responsable académique), Martine Mostert (chercheuse post-doctorante)

Le projet EMR CONNECT s’inscrit dans la volonté de développer des transports publics transfrontaliers plus efficaces et plus durables. L’Université de Liège, en tant que partenaire académique, concentre ses activités sur le réseautage dans le domaine de l'éducation et du savoir. En savoir plus.

IDEES: Pilotes industriels. L'Internet de demain pour développer les entreprises, l'économie et la société - Pilotes industriels (mHealth) (01/2014 - 12/2023)

Pierre Leclercq

RAWFILL: Supporting a new circular economy for RAW materials recovered from landfills (03/2017 - 03/2020)

Frédéric Nguyen (Supervisor)

The North-West Europe region has 100.000 landfills. Most of these landfills lack state-of-the-art environmental protection systems, leading to local pollution, land-use restrictions and global impacts. This problem can be transformed into an opportunity as large volumes of resources such as materials and energy can be recovered through Landfill Mining. More.

SeRaMCo: Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products (introducing new products, applying the circular economy) (10/2017 - 09/2020)

Luc Courard (responsable académique), Simon Delvoie, Zengfeng Zhao

The project objective is to increase the use of construction and demolition waste as secondary raw materials for cemental and precast concrete production. Plus.

VALDEM: Design and properties of self compacting concrete based on recycled fine particles (07/2016 - 06/2020)

Mohamed El Karim Bouarroudj (PhD researcher), Prof. Luc Courard (Supervisor)

Solutions intégrées de valorisation des flux "matériaux" issus de la démolition des bâtiments : Approche transfrontalière vers une économie circulaire. Plus.

Wal-e-Cities : WAL-LIV (GxABT-LUCID): Smart Living - Environnement urbain et bien-être citoyen (03/2016 - 12/2020) 

Catherine Elsen

L'objectif du portefeuille FEDER Wal-e-Cities est le développement de villes intelligentes ("Smart cities") au sein d'un territoire wallon interconnecté. Plus.

ACCEPT: Assistant for Quality Check during Construction Execution Processes for Energy-efficienT buildings (janvier 2015 - décembre 2017)

Pierre Leclercq

ANGELHY: Innovative solutions for design and strengthening of telecommunications and transmission lattice towers using large angles from high strength steel and hybrid techniques of angles with FRP strips (04/2017 - 12/2020)

Jean-Pierre Jaspart

BEACON: Bentonite mechanical evolution (06/2017 - 05/2021)

Robert Charlier

BIOFLEX: Flexible Biometallurgy Infrastructure and Expertise network (01/2016 – 12/2018)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

The 5 objectives of the BIOFLEX project are:

  1. Inventorizing  and identifying the uniqueness of all biometallurgy-related infrastructure and expertise inside the project consortium and in the KIC consortium
  2. Identifying gaps of infrastructure not present in the consortium and in the KiC and developing a strategy to fill them up by involving external parties
  3. Developing a system for customers to make use of services delivered by the infrastructure
  4. Stimulating further development of biometallurgical processes through identifying common project opportunities and a clear definition of the state-of-the-art
  5. In long term, increasing the number of streams treated biometallurgically and thus increasing the value created by biometallurgical processes

CEReS : Co-processing of coal mine and electronic wastes. Novel resources for a sustainable future (07/2016 - 06/2019)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev, Fanny Lambert

The co-processing approach behind the CERes Project employs AMD-generating coal wastes as a cheap source of leaching solution (lixiviant) to recover metals from processed e-wastes. The novel flow-sheet (i) removes the AMD-generating potential of coal wastes through accelerated bioleaching, ensuring their long term environmental stability while expanding avenues for their safe reuse; and (ii) enables selective recovery of base metals from waste PCBs, while concentrating precious and critical as well as rare earths into enriched substrates. Compared to current best available technologies CEReS has numerous economic and environmental benefits by bringing together two waste streams from opposite ends of the supply chain; harvesting each as a novel resource for a single, coherent ‘grave-to-cradle’ process. More.

EQUALJOINTS-PLUS: Valorisation of knowledge for European pre-QUALified steel JOINTS (07/2017 - 06/2019)

Jean-Pierre Jaspart

ESPON : European Spatial Planning Observatory Network (janvier 2017 - décembre 2017)

Jacques Teller

L'UR Urban and Environmental Engineering est le point de contact national du programme européen ESPON, en collaboration avec l'Université de Gand et la VUB. À ce titre, UEE participe à l'évaluation des rapports de recherche porduits dans le cadre du programme ESPON, ainsi qu'à l'animation et la structuration du réseau belge ESPON.

ENIGMA: European training Network for In situ imaGing of dynaMic processes in heterogeneous  subsurfAce environments (01/2017 - 12/2020)

Frédéric Nguyen

The ENIGMA ITN aims at training a new generation of young researchers in the development of innovative methods for imaging process dynamics in subsurface hydrosystems, in order to enhance understanding and predictive modelling capacities and to transfer these innovations to the economic sector. More.

FREEDAM: FREE from DAMage Steel Connections (juillet 2015 - juin 2018)

Jean-François Demonceau, Jean-Pierre Jaspart

The proposed research is aimed at the development of a new design strategy whose goal is the design of connections able to withstand without any damage the rotation demands due to seismic events, namely #Free From Damage Connections. More.

HOLISHIP: HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life cycle (09/2016 - 08/2020)

Philippe Rigo

INSPIRATION: Managing soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification (04/2016 - 03/2020)

Serge Brouyère

INTEMATE : Multiscale mechanics of INTErface dominated MATErials (avril 2012 - décembre 2017)

Anne-Marie Habraken

The general ambition of the project is to contribute to a better understanding and prediction of the multilevel interactions between interfaces present in materials and the deformation and failure mechanisms, in order to inspire the development of new materials with extreme structural performances. More.

JOULES: Joint Operation for Ultra Low Emission Shipping (juin 2013 - mai 2017)

Philippe Rigo

Reducing emissions from shipping has increasingly become a challenge over the last years, both as a counter measure against global climate change and to protect local environments and population from waste, gas emissions and noise. This challenge has been documented both in policy papers, like the Europe 2020 initiative or the Transport White Paper, and in rules and regulations issued by IMO as well as by local authorities. Those legislations as well as emission taxes and an increasing public awareness on green shipping have led to the fact, that low emission ships and shipping has become a key competitive factor both for European shipbuilders (including equipment manufacturers and shipyards) and shipping companies. In response to topic SST.2013.1-2 of the Sustainable Transport Work Programme 2013 the JOULES proposal aims to significantly reduce the gas emissions of European built ships, including CO2, SOx, NOx and particulate matters. JOULES follows an integrated and holistic approach, not only limite

KIC-RM: KIC Raw Materials (01/2016 - 12/2022)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - AMCO: Automated Microscopic Characterization of Ores (01/2016 - 12/2018)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - ATHY: Advanced Training in Hydrometallurgy (01/2017 - 12/2017)

David Bastin

KIC-RM - BIOFLEX: Flexible Biometallurgy Infrastructure and Expertise network (01/2016 - 12/2018)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

KIC-RM - GEOKTPRO 2.0: Georesources Engineers in the knowledge triangle (01/2017 - 03/2019)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - LLE R2R Geomet: Raw to recycled - a geometallurgical approach (janvier 2016 - décembre 2017)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - NEWECO: Towards a new European Industrial ecosystem for metals production (juin 2016 - mai 2018)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - NetFlot: Flotation Network (01/2016 - 12/2018)

David Bastin

KIC-RM - OREVAL: Raw to recycled materials - Advanced characterisation and 3D imaging (R2R-AC+3Di ) (01/2016 - 12/2018)

Éric Pirard

KIC-RM - PreFlex: Pre-treatment and physical separation of complex low grades ores and residues (01/2016 - 12/2018)

David Bastin

KIC RM - RawMATCop - MINEODUST: Spatiotemporal mapping of dust dispersion around mining sites using remote sensing (juillet 2017 - juin 2018)

Éric Pirard


Éric Pirard

LOCAFIplus: Temperature assessment of a vertical steel member subjected to localised fire - Valorisation (07/2017 - 12/2018)

Jean-Marc Franssen

OPTIBRI : Optimal use of High Strength Steel grades within bridges (juillet 2014- juin 2017)

Anne-Marie Habraken

The project aims to develop welded bridges using High Strength Steel where it is required (mainly in highly stressed web). As usually the fatigue resistance of the welded joint as well as stability issues reduce the interest of using HSS in bridges, the project studies: the optimal welding and post welding treatment in order to have a high fatigue resistance, as well as, the buckling behaviour of multiaxially stressed plates. More.

RoSTAR : Upscaling of the RoStar ultra fine grinding mill for the liberation of high valued ores (06/2016 – 12/2018)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

The objective of the project is to create of a pilot ultra-fine grinding mill by up-scaling and improvement of an existing demonstrator mill. More.

TRAFIR: Characterization of TRAvelling FIRes in large compartments (07/2017 - 12/2012)

Jean-Marc Franssen

VALMETHYDRO: Valuable Metals Through Innovative Hydrometallurgy (05/2016 - 03/2019)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

The VALMETHYDRO primary objective is to optimize and to improve the CMI synthetic rutile process in order to render it capable to efficiently treat ilmenite-based resources with lower Ti grades and complex mineralogy. More.


CONNECTEUR: Connecting European connectivity research (avril 2014 - avril 2018)

Benjamin Dewals 

Successful prediction of pathways of storm runoff generation and associated soil erosion is of considerable societal importance, including off-site impacts such as water quality and the provision of related ecosystem services. Recently, the role of connectivity in controlling runoff and erosion has received significant and increasing scientific attention, though in a disparate and uncoordinated way. There is a wealth of experience and expertise in connectivity across Europe that could be harnessed to ensure that the potential already demonstrated in key studies can be more widely fulfilled; to move forward along agreed lines and identify emerging goals, and to benefit from cross-fertilization of ideas from the fields of Hydrology, Soil Science, Geomorphology and Ecology. COST is the appropriate vehicle for funding this activity because it will gather together existing expertise to advance the field of connectivity in a concerted way.

COST TU1403: Adaptative Facades Network (10/2014 - 10/2018)

Shady Attia

EU-MORNET: European Model Reduction Network (avril 2014 - avril 2018)

Benjamin Dewals

This Action will bring together all major groups in Europe working on a range of model reduction strategies with applications in many domains of science and technology. The increasing complexity of mathematical models used to predict real-world systems, such as climate or the human cardiovascular system, has led to a need for model reduction, which means developing systematic algorithms for replacing complex models with far simpler ones, that still accurately capture the most important aspects of the phenomena being modelled. The Action will emphasize model reduction topics in several themes: 1. design, optimization, and control theory in real-time with applications in engineering; 2. data assimilation, geometry registration, and parameter estimation with a special attention to real-time computing in biomedical engineering and computational physics; 3. real-time visualization of physics-based simulations in computer science; 4. the treatment of high-dimensional problems in state space, physical space.

Flowing matter (mai 2014 - mai 2018)

Benjamin Dewals

Flowing matter lies at the crossroads between industrial processes, fundamental physics, engineering and Earth Sciences. Depending on the microscopic interactions, an assembly of molecules or of mesoscopic particles can flow like a simple Newtonian fluid, deform elastically like a solid or behave in a complex manner. When the internal constituents are active, as for biological entities, one generally observes complex large-scale collective motions. The phenomenology is further complicated by the invariable tendency of fluids to display chaos at the large scales or when stirred strong enough. A fundamental understanding of flowing matter is still missing impeding scientific progress, effective control on industrial processes, as well as accurate predictions of natural phenomena. Flowing matter frequently presents a tight coupling between small-scale structures and large-scale flow urging for a unifying approach. The Action will coordinate existing research efforts into a synergetic plan of collaborations.

KIC-RM - AMIR: Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (04/2017 - 04/2020)

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

TU1305: Social networks and travel behavior (mars 2014 - mars 2018)

Mario Cools
The past decade has gone through rapid ICT developments, which had wide societal impacts. ICT enhanced the shift from social groupsdefined by location to individually-based social networks. High-speed telecoms allow for ad-hoc personalised networks that affect travel behaviour. Unfortunately, research has lagged behind ICT advances, as our understanding of current travel behaviour is limited and existing urban mobility solutions cater to population behaviour that no longer exists. The transport demand models used today are based on inadequate understanding of the new social structure. A new transport paradigm is needed for the ultra-urbanized smart city. This Action aims to initiate a new collaboration framework for the various EU research groups that develops a new transport paradigm based upon ICT social networks and their subsequent travel behavior in the urban environment. The goals are to explore ways in which social activities become mobilised in space, identify how social ties affect the integration.


GABI: European network for shallow geothermal energy applications in buildings and infrastructures (01/2015 - 11/2018)

Frédéric Nguyen

The increased need for renewable energy sources has led to expansion of shallow geothermal applications for heating and/or cooling of buildings. The integration of heat exchangers in those elements of the structure that interface with the ground, such as foundations, tunnels and diaphragm walls, is particularly attractive because of the inherent cost saving involved in combining a required structural component with the harvesting of geothermal energy. Thermoactive geostructures present the additional benefit of relying onlocalized resources (the ground) and therefore do not need additional infrastructural investments. By providing an alternative to fossil fuels and reducing peak demand from the grid, they also provide an attractive tool towards energy independence and distributedgeneration with no adverse impact on the environment. However, the widespread application of this sustainable technology is currentlyhindered by the large heterogeneity in the development and regulatory framework in European countries.

i2MHB: Innovation in Intelligent Management of Heritage Buildings (01/2015 - 11/2018)

Luc Courard

L'objectif de cette action est de créer un réseau ouvert paneuropéen, afin de promouvoir les synergies entre les spécialistes de la science du patrimoine, acteurs industriels et acteurs de recherche / éducation, de parvenir à une compréhension commune de l'exploitation dans les bâtiments du patrimoine , en intégrant une expertise multidisciplinaire, la technologie et le savoir-faire par le biais d'un cadre mondial indépendant et nouveau .

MADEEHI Coopération et innovation pédagogique: Eau-Energie-Habitat à Madagascar

Luc Courard (Supervisor), A. Dassargues, S. Brouyère, Ph. Orban, M. Pirotton, S. Erpicum, V. Lemort, Sh. Attia, S. Reiter, J. Teller, G. Pirotte (Associates)

Le projet vise à renforcer les capacités en matière de maîtrise de l'énergie, de l'eau, d'habitat et des nouvelles technologies en harmonie avec le milieu socio-culturel, pour assurer un développement local durable et raisonné basé sur l'esprit d'entreprise et la valeur ajoutée des ressources naturelles de Madagascar. Lire la suite.

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