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ESM FOUNDATION

 

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.

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NEWS

New List of Critical Raw Materials is out!

New List of Critical Raw Materials is out!

Mon Sep 2020

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

Material of the Month: Nickel

Material of the Month: Nickel

Tue Sep 2020

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. Due to an expect

Journal article: link between circularity and criticality

Journal article: link between circularity and criticality

Tue Aug 2020

The IRTC project, coordinated by ESM Foundation, has published a joint scientific paper by leading international experts on the link of material criticality and transitioning towards a more circular economy. The paper explores the potential benefits, as well as caveats, of adopting a circular econom

Join the SusCritMat free online evening courses on October 14-16, 2020

Join the SusCritMat free online evening courses on October 14-16, 2020

Tue Aug 2020

SusCritMOOC Online Training 2020 Want to learn more about the sustainable management of critical raw materials? Join the SusCritMat free online training in the evenings of October 14-16! Don’t miss the keynote lecture of Prof. Paul Ekins, University College London. Registration: SusCritMooc O

Open-access teaching materials on 22 topics available for download; MOOC starts in early 2021

Open-access teaching materials on 22 topics available for download; MOOC starts in early 2021

Tue Aug 2020

Press Release, August 2020 Learn about critical raw materials, supply chain risks and sustainability Critical raw materials (CRM) such as cobalt, lithium or the Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are essential for the technologies that drive sustainable societies, but their availability is frequently thre

 

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Slide Creating awareness for high school students YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Slide Apply for Research Grant on Swiss policies regarding critical raw materials FUNDING Slide The International Round Table on Materials Criticality SHARING Slide Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials LEARNING Slide Curating an exhibition on “Battery materials” PUBLIC AWARENESS Slide Creating online learning content ONLINE LEARNING Slide Supporting Companies Internationally ADVISING INDUSTRIES Slide Sustainable Resources Management OUTREACH
 

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.

 

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