Newsletter #20

Dear all

This month we would like to feedback on our 1st WMF Australia Chapter that happened in Melbourne on November 19th and was a great opportunity to witness the positive vibes of the Australian eco system, be industrial companies of all sizes (BHP, CleanTeq, Imagine Intelligent Materials), universities & research centers (Swinburne, Monach, Wollongong, CSIRO) and support actors (Victorian Government, Sydney Mining Club) towards using Materials Smarter, Less and Longer.

So we now look forward to welcoming a great Australian delegation in Nancy next June!

The general news of November are a very interesting panorama of the critical materials constraints on China renewable energy transition as well as a quite direct opinion expressed by MIT Tech Review as to the timeline of the electric car revolution.

Unconventional ideas can also bring interesting results as we can read from the works on increasing solar efficiency at Cambridge University, faster battery charging at Argonne National Lab or 3D printing Ti/Ni alloys at University of Maryland.

And design of final products can definitely bring its contribution to minimizing criticality of raw materials - see survey done at University of Padova.

Not to forget a variety of sustainability initiatives with Qantas to reach net zero emissions by 2050, EasyJet announcing full offsetting of their carbon emissions or Nissan coordinating an EEC supported project with a carbon neutrality objective in 2050.

Finally some good news coming from our WMF start ups with some great papers (3 French start ups: Ajelis, Carbios and Woodoo), a flurry of nominations and awards (B Comp - Switzerland, Imagine - Australia, Kebotix - USA, Mosaic Materials - USA, Polystyvert - Canada and Safi Organics - Kenya), and our Grand Prix 2017 (Citrine Informatics, USA) highlighted by Lanxess for AI assisted development of Urethane systems .

As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.

Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin


Applied Energy, November 1st:
A panorama of critical mineral constraints (availability and scalability) on China's renewable energy transition

MIT Tech Review, November 19th:
Why the electric car revolution may take a lot longer than expected?

South China Morning Post, November 25th:
Acceleration of rare earth projects in USA and Australia


Phys. Org, November 11th:
Disorder in the production of perovskite material can be win win with an easier production process and an increase in solar cell efficiency at Cambridge University

Materials Today, November 13th:
Faster charging thanks to exposing the cathode to concentrated light at Argonne National Lab

Eurekalert, November 28th:
Alternative and "green" cooling technologies thanks to 3D printing of Ni/Ti alloys at University of Maryland


Recycling, November 18th:
Design for Recycling in a Critical Raw Material Perspective at University of Padova


The Rising, November 16th:
Qantas to reach net zero emissions by 2050

The Guardian, November 19th:
EasyJet to offset carbon emissions from all its flights

Production Engineering Solutions, November 26th:
A new white paper led by Nissan as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities


Ajelis (N 2018), November 28th:
Great paper in French magazine L'Usine Nouvelle

BComp (N 2018), November 28th:
BComp receives an award at the BioComposite competition organized by Composites World

Carbios (N 2017), October 30th:
Great paper in ZME Science

Citrine (Grand Prix 2017), November 25th:
Lanxess and Citrine Informatics for AI assisted development of Urethane systems

Imagine (N 2018), November 21st:
Bronze Award at JEC Asia

Kebotix (N 2019), Mosaic Materials (N 2019) and Polystyvert (N 2018), November 10th:
All 3 among the 10 Start Ups to Watch by Chemical and Engineering News

Safi Organics (N 2019), November 20th:
Nominee at the Africa Prize of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Woodoo (N 2017), November 27th:
Great paper inPhys