During April, the Jury of our WMF Start Up Challenge met and nominated a new great team of start uppers whose CEOs will all be with us in Nancy in June - see here
And here is our no 13 with a new bench of initiatives that combine efficient use, substitution, recycling and reuse of critical materials (copper based alternative to gold and silver for next generation electronics, faster charging of EV batteries thanks to vanadium, new recycling process at ambient pressure to regenerate NMC cathodes containing nickel, manganese and cobalt). As well as a set of breakthrough research projects in materials science (Graphene as a battery material, modified vitrimer for easier recycling, new energy efficient and low cost iron based alloys, renewably powered electrosynthesis to ultimately replace petrochemicals). Also AI is seen as a great tool to transform diamonds into more effective semi conductors. Finally it is certainly worth reading the progress recently achieved on 3D Printing Cement as well as on recycling Apple smartphones.
As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.
Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin
Science Daily, April 1st: Tohoku University proposes copper based alternative to gold and silver for next generation electronics
Reuters, April 18th: Apple to open a "Material Recovery" lab and investigate new techniques using robotics and machine learning to rip apart its devices and recover materials such as copper, aluminum and cobalt