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Material of the Month: Rare Earth Elements

Material of the Month: Rare Earth Elements

Sat Aug 2020

Rare Earth Elements (REE) are still considered as one of the most critical elements for industrial use and green technologies. However, it is now well known that the group of 17 individual elements is as diverse as any other 17 elements of the Periodic Table. The pure chemical similarity of the REEs

Material of the month: Graphite

Material of the month: Graphite

Thu Jul 2020

Graphite: soon the new black gold?   Graphite is a soft, crystalline form of Carbon. Natural Graphite occurs in metamorphic rocks such as marble, schist, and gneiss. At present, graphite is the anode material of choice in batteries. It naturally occurs in three different variations: amorpho

Paulus Academy: Presentation on critical materials in the digitalization

Paulus Academy: Presentation on critical materials in the digitalization

Tue Jun 2020

  On June 25th Alessandra Hool, CEO of ESM, gave a talk at the Paulus Academy in Zurich about materials and their role in the age of digitalization. She talked about how metals are essential for new technologies and where they come from. The presentation was part of a series of talks in the

IRTC Business Workshop on Identifying risks in industry supply chains

IRTC Business Workshop on Identifying risks in industry supply chains

Thu Jun 2020

  On May 19th, the IRTC held a workshop on the topic of "Identifying risks in industry supply chains" with Alessandra Hool, CEO of the ESM foundation, as the moderator. Over a hundred participants took part in it and there was a lot of valuable input that will be used to develop the decision

Material of the month: lithium

Material of the month: lithium

Tue Jun 2020

No electromobility without lithium Due to the ever-growing battery sector, the demand for lithium has surged over the last years. In 2016, battery grade lithium accounted for about 35% percent of the lithium demand and soared to almost the double quantity of 65% of demand in 2019. Besides batteries

 

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