FEMS Junior Euromat 2020
Open-access teaching materials on 22 topics available for download; MOOC starts in early 2021
New List of Critical Raw Materials is out!
SusCritMOOC Online Evening Course series 2020
Material of the month: Indium
ESM is dedicated to support research and development activities in the field of Rare and Critical Elements, focussing on their industrial applications. The Foundation sponsors and organises conferences and workshops, publishes studies and surveys, coordinates related projects, and provides scholarships and educational grants. ESM is operating within a national and international network of experts, partner institutes and organisations.
Evening course series on the sustainable management of critical raw materials
On October 14, 15, and 16 SusCritMat held an online course series on critical raw materials. The participants gathered insights into three core topics each evening: Criticality, development of future supply and demand sce
Indium is a very soft, ductile and malleable metal and its earth crust occurrence can be compared to the one of silver or mercury. It got its name from its indigo blue spectral line. Nowadays its main uses can be found as indium-tin oxide in flat panel devices. Other applications include alloys and
Germanium is a hard, brittle semimetal that first came into use a half-century ago as a semiconductor material in radar units and as the material from which the first transistor was made. Today, germanium is mainly used in electronics and solar applications, fiber-optic systems, infrared optics, pol
The 2020 EU Critical Raw Materials List
The European Commission has just published the 2020 EU Critical Raw Materials List. The Commission reviews the list of critical raw materials for the EU every three years screening 83 materials.
Economic importance and supply risk are the two mai
Nickel is one of the most common elements in the earths’ crust. Therefore, general depletion is not likely, however mining of remaining ores with reduced nickel contents, mines in disperse locations and increasing environmental regulations turn nickel mining more challenging.
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Creating awareness for high school students
Apply for Research Grant on Swiss policies regarding critical raw materials
The International Round Table on Materials Criticality
Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials
Curating an exhibition on “Battery materials”
Creating online learning content
Supporting Companies Internationally
Sustainable Resources Management
WHAT WE OFFER
Since its creation more than 65 years ago, ESM has fostered industrial materials research related to critical elements. Over 2 Mio CHF have been granted to projects in fields where less common elements play a crucial role.