The beginning of 2019 has been extremely busy for your WMF team with the 2nd edition of our San Francisco Chapter on January 13th and the 1st edition of our Tokyo Chapter on January 18th.
We also finalized the program of WMF 2019 - just amazing thanks to our great speakers.
So here is our no 11 with a bench of sustainability initiatives (zero waste projects, reuse of 1st generation EV batteries, ban of some mining dams). As well as a review of emerging solutions to produce and refine rare earths at an acceptable cost and with higher environmental standards. Also an interesting survey that correlates the Criticality of Lithium to a change in global warming objectives. And some good surprises when Stanford and Grenoble LETI announce the “computer on chip” or when Russia, Singapore and US researchers collaborate on AI for improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells. Finally it is certainly worth reading why a Quantum Computer is useful to develop lighter and more powerful EV batteries or why Materials Science may become the most important technology of the next decade.