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Xiaofei Wang

Associate Scientist
Olen, Belgium
Group Research & Development
Working for Umicore since 2023
"I'm fulfilled knowing that my work has a tangible impact on reducing environmental harm & promoting resource efficiency."

Can you tell me about your job at Umicore?

As an Associate Scientist on Environmental Technologies at Corporate Research and Development (CRD), I oversee the development and optimization of applications that align with Umicore's ambitions of striving to be a sustainability champion. My primary focus is to ensure that all discharged water meets environmental standards, minimize water consumption, and follow up on initiatives where we can recover metals for reuse. Nevertheless,our responsibilities in the environmental lab include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, controlling dust emissions containing heavy metals, and managing wastewater treatment across Umicore's sites.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What excites me most about my role is the opportunity to tackle pressing environmental challenges through innovative solutions. Our team works on the development of cutting-edge technologies for carbon capture and storage and the implementation of efficient metal recovery processes, so we can learn and get inspiration from each other on different topics Every project I undertake contributes to Umicore's strong-rooted foundation as an industry leader in sustainability. I find fulfillment in knowing that my work has a tangible impact on reducing environmental harm and promoting resource efficiency.

What do you like about working at Umicore?

Umicore enables my impact with modern facilities and experts across various disciplines. The company's commitment to sustainability is visible with its priority and resource investments to contribute to a greener future. Additionally, Umicore collaboration with various universities and institutes enhances our collective ability to innovate and address complex environmental issues.

Why did you choose to work at Umicore?

I was drawn to Umicore because of its strong commitment and goals on sustainability, such as achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 through its Let’s Go for Zero ambitions. The company's values align closely with my own passion for environmental conservation and responsible resource management. Joining Umicore offered me the opportunity to work for a company that shares my commitment to creating positive change in the world.

What motivates you when you go to work in the morning?

Each morning, I am motivated by the opportunity to contribute and drive meaningful progress towards our goals. Whether it's exploring new technologies, collaborating with colleagues, or evaluating existing processes, I am inspired by the prospect of making a real difference in the world.

What has been the highlight of your time at Umicore so far?

Witnessing the impact of our efforts on sustainability. From implementing innovative wastewater treatment processes to optimizing metal recovery methods, seeing tangible results reinforces my belief in the power of technology to create a brighter future.

Do you have any advice for new Umicore employees?

For newcomers joining Umicore, I encourage you to embrace the company's commitment to sustainability and innovation. Take advantage of the resources available to you, including modern facilities and opportunities for collaboration. Stay informed about technological trends and future goals in sustainability and take the lead on driving positive change in the world. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on the environment and society.