IRTC Beijing 2019

IRTC is an international “Round Table” project on approaches towards assessing materials criticality, taking place in the form of workshops at international conferences. The results are consecutively published in the form of joint scientific papers and a Roadmap on Criticality for authorities. The project shall advance the research in criticality assessment, foster international exchange and education in the topic, identify common ground and differences, and raise awareness towards materials criticality, especially in industry. It shall also lay the cornerstone for a long-lasting international network of internationally leading experts. Awareness towards materials criticality, and its crucial role for a circular economy, shall be raised by creating visibility at established conference with […]

Sustainability and Second Life: Lithium and Cobalt Recycling

Lithium and cobalt are essential for lithium-ion-batteries, which are used in electric vehicles, electronics and electricity storage. As the supply for these minerals is not expected to meet the ever increasing demand, recycling rates for these minerals are very low. Why is this the case and are there solutions? The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a webinar about those questions.

IRTC Research grant

Are you currently doing, or have you done, research in criticality – as a student, academic, professional or out of personal interest? IRTC is awarding research grants of 500,-€ for your research on Critical Raw Materials. Click here to learn more.

Learn more about Critical Raw Materials by watching these videos!

We have recently added two new highly informative videos to the SusCritMat Youtube channel: In one video, Ester van der Voet from Leiden University talks about scenarios for critical raw materials. As global demand for critical raw materials continues to grow, crucial for an optimal supply of these materials is to predict which ones and how much of them will be needed. Ester van der Voet from Leiden University presents scenarios assessment – a method used to deal with the problem at hand. After giving a short theoretical introduction into the method of scenario assessment, she discusses various scenarios for supply and demand of critical raw materials. In the other video, Stefano […]

Speakers at TMS 2019 announced!

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) will host the third installment of the IRTC roundtable at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The topic will be “How Does Industry Manage Criticality in Product Development?” All TMS 2019 registrants are invited to attend this roundtable session and participate in the discussion. Learn more about this event here. The speakers are: Prof. Roderick Eggert, Colorado School of Mines and the Critical Materials Institute, USA Prof. Nikolaos Michailidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Dr. Christina Meskers, Umicore, Belgium Prof. Atsufumi Hirohata, University of York, GB Dr. Min-Ha Lee, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) Prof. Armin Reller, ESM Foundation, Switzerland, and […]

SusCritMat Short Course 2018

The SusCritMat Short Course on Cobalt, held at the EIT Raw Materials Week on Friday, November 16, was a great success. At the event, participants experienced a short version of a SusCritMat training school, covering several topics related to the sustainable management of Critical Raw Materials across the value chain.

Call for Research Proposals

Duration: March-September 2019 (6 months) Maximum funding: 45’000 CHF The Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle (ESM Foundation), with support by Swissmem, is looking for an assessment of policy developments in the area of rare and critical metals in Switzerland and their impact on Swiss industries. For this, we are searching for a researcher or a research team who will carry out such an assessment with the following aims: Identification of relevant institutional bodies that shape and influence raw material policies and regulations in Switzerland; Identification and assessment of relevant Swiss legislations, provisions, standards, and reporting obligations with regards to critical raw materials import, their use in components, recycling and substitution; Overview of […]