September 11, 2019

Nanotechnologies and Smart Systems for the Early Diagnostics

Held in BOLOGNA, June 11-12  2019

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July 15, 2019

Call for proposals in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing  Updated Work Programme for 2020

 

 

 

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April 3, 2019

 

A4M POSITION PAPER

 

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WG 8: Raw Materials for a Circular Economy

Chair: Jan Meneve (VITO)

Scope and objective of this WG

 

Manufacturing has traditionally been understood as the production process in which raw materials

are transformed into physical products through processes involving people and other resources. It is now clear that physical production is at the centre of a wider manufacturing value chain. Resource efficiency, substitution of critical materials, and recycling of waste streams will be essential in the future manufacturing value chain within a materials constrained world. Advanced material technologies play a vast yet largely unexplored role in this area.

Indeed, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials EIP RM in its Strategic Implementation Plan SIP Part I calls upon to improving supply conditions in the EU and reducing import dependency through new integrated technological solutions where materials science and technology play a key role, as is illustrated in the following examples:

  • access to raw materials: advanced metallurgy to improve the resource efficiency of primary and secondary mining;

  • better resource efficiency of industrial processes and products: nanotechnology for smart, multifunctional materials in priority industrial sectors as Energy, Health, Mobility; extended component life time in demanding environments through impoved corrosion and wear resistance;

  • improved recycling: advanced material technologies for the conversion of waste into resources and products;

  • new alternatives to supply rare and critical raw materials through substitution: smart material structures for the substitution of critical elements, especially relevant to Energy materials;

  • mitigating the related negative environmental and social impacts: substitution of toxic elements.

 

This EuMaT WG8 aims at triggering research and innovation ideas & activities in the H2020

Research Programme targeting the Societal Challenge of Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, and Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – LEIT.

Technological developments as well as the co-evolution of business models and other measures for developing an eco-system that supports a resource effective economy are considered.

In technological terms, this translates in resource efficient production, substitution of critical materials, and closing of material cycles by re-use, remanufacturing, and recovery and recycling of waste streams.

EUMAT can act as the leading forum to contribute to the debate about the key role of advanced material technology in resource efficiency, substitution of critical materials, and recycling of waste streams, for the EU manufacturing and processing industries, providing market and science based, realistic solutions.  

The WG8 background and priorities are presented in the following document: Raw Materials for the EU Manufacturing Industry: tackle supply risks, create opportunities.

 

Contact 
Jan Meneve
Research Manager
Unit Sustainable Materials Management
VITO – Vision on Technology
Boeretang 200, 2400 MOL
Tel +32 14 33 56 69 or mob +32 476 66 03 06; fax +32 14 32 11 86; skype jan.meneve_vito
jan.meneve@vito.be; www.vito.be
 
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