Lots of news as usual in the field of critical materials with 2 thorough overviews of the critical materials supply chains as seen by Australian CSIRO's and by US Wilson center's experts, 2 interesting papers on higher quality recycling of EV batteries and electronic wastes (Nature Communications and Pennsylvania State University), an estimation of "greenflation" as a risk for long term renewable energy (Reuters) and a paper on opportunities of developing the downstream of battery materials in the DRC (Mining.com).
Now on the scientific front with perovskite for printed flexible LEDs at Washington University, more efficient supercapacitors and improved energy storage at University of Surrey and Sao Paolo University, improved water electrolysis for green hydrogen at Institute for Basic Science in Korea, color-controlled photonics at Harvard University, lower energy data storage thanks to skyrmion manipulation at room temperature at RIKEN, better cycling performance of Lithium metal batteries at Daegu Gyeongbuk IST, better joining of materials in Solid state batteries at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and finally a thorough review of fusion energy perspectives in Nature.
On the sustainability front, we picked 4 initiatives: India's bid to become a clean energy powerhouse in TechXplore, a review of EV batteries life cycle to reduce their environmental impact by Cornwell University, a proposal to shape a sustainable future for polyurethane by Argonne National Lab, and a new mold to use just the right amount of concrete conceived by Cambridge University.
And finally 21 of our WMF Start Up Alumni were in the news this month. As usual, interesting press coverage (BComp - Switzerland, Brimstone Energy - USA, Carbios - France, Citrine Informatics - USA, Cuberg - USA, Demeta - France, EH GRoup - Switzerland, Graphene MG - Australia, Kebotix - USA, Lixo - France, NAWATechnologies - France, Polystyvert - Canada, UbiQD - USA, UBQ Materials - Israel), an award-winner (Astrileux - USA), some fundings (Anthro Energy - USA, Brimstone Energy - USA, Carbios - France, Primo1D - France, Sepion - USA), interviews (Bram Neirinck from Aerosint - Belgium, Cody Finke from Brimstone Energy - USA, Philippe le Bouteiller from Hymag'in - France, Nicholas Flanders from Twelve - USA) and finally a few promising collaborations (Twelve with Exosonic - USA, UBQ Materials with Polyram Group - Israel).
As always, we hope that you enjoy the reading.
The WMF Editorial Team, Victoire de Margerie, Valentin Desbuis & Sélène Ciancioni
CSIRO, November 3rd: A framework to understand opportunities and risks in metals forecasts for the energy transition