2023-2024 / GEOL1044-1

Raw Materials in a Circular Economy


26h Th, 26h Pr, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Master in Chemical and Materials Science Engineering (Ir.), professional focus in Advanced Materials - Innovative Recycling (AMIR-EM)5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering5 crédits 


Maud Bay, Sandra Belboom, Eric Pirard

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Starting from the geological availability of resources and the pricing of raw materials, the course will consider the whole material value chain (supply chain management) with a particular attention to waste and end-of-life products being generated. The Circular Economy and the systemic vision of the raw materials value chain is a core concept of this course.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding of the scientific literature on mineral raw materials

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.2, II.1, II.2, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.3, IV.5, V.1, V.2, V.3, VI.1, VI.2, VI.3, VI.4, VII.1, VII.2, VII.3, VII.4, VII.5, VII.6 of the MSc in geological and mining engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

This course is a combiantion of theoretical lectures, case studies, demo sessions using OpenLCA and group work

Recommended or required readings

Students will have to work by groups of two or three on a project. They will be given a product/technology and will have to critically analyse the lifecycle assessment, the resource use and the end-of-life.
Subjects will be distributed at the end of the LCA courses.
A written report will be submitted for each project. This will include an overall presentation and critical discussion on the implementation of a circular economy as well as separate chapters on LCA analysis and specific resources. Separate chapters will be under the responsibility of a given student.
An oral presentation of the work is scheduled during the exam period with questions being adressed to all students over any part of the report.
Evaluation will include an individual note and a group note.
Before attending some courses, students will be given some reading material accompanied by questions to be answered in written form.
Final note will be: written report (68%) oral report (22%) and reading material questions (10%).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Teaching & Research assistant

Sart Tilman B52

e-mail : mcabidoche@uliege.be

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