What technological advances will shape the Swiss economy and society in the coming years? The Technology Outlook 2021 knows the answer! Every two years, the SATW creates an early detection report, the Technology Outlook, which describes pioneering technologies, evaluates their importance for Switzerland and compares Switzerland with selected European countries on the basis of social media posts. For the first time, the importance of technologies for Switzerland, but also the intensity of the discussion on social media as a trend over time will be shown. Our managing director, Alessandra Hool, collaborated on it and elaborated the role of critical materials will play in the future. The article can be found […]
The IRTC-Business workshop and Round Table on “Building resilient economies – the role of policy” took place via Zoom on November 17, 2020, from 2 am to 6 pm CET. Around 80 registered participants attended the workshop which comprised in a first part presentations from policy-making, industry and research on how more resilient economies can be built and supported. In a second part, the participants split in two groups, one with an industry and one with a policy focus on the topic. In both groups, an expert panel discussed questions surrounding the main topic from their respective views. Participants were able to contribute via a virtual whiteboard. In a follow-up […]
Titanium is a strong, grey metal which is highly corrosion resistant and has a high melting temperature. It has a very low density but high strength, it’s 45% lighter than steel with the same strength though. Compared to Aluminum, it’s 60% heavier, but twice as strong. Titanium is one of the earths most abundant materials, but mainly occurs in the form of minerals. The most common compound of titanium is used in paints and polymers, while its metal form is mainly used in aerospace, medical equipment and automotive industry. Due to its lightweight, titanium offers a better performance and lower fuel consumption in transport applications. Over half of the titanium is used […]
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 scenarios as well as circular product design. An additional keynote lecture on materials governance as well as business opportunities in the EIT RawMaterials Framework complemented the programme. Throughout the three evenings we had up to sixty people each night, mixed from academia and industry participating and engaging actively in the discussions.
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 solders, thin film solar panels, thermal interface materials, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes. In transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) used in flat panels displays and in amorphous silicon and CdTe PV cells, indium can be replaced by other TCOs. There is no commercially available substitute for indium in semiconductors used in thin-film solar cells. Indium rarely […]