Lots of news as usual in the field of critical materials: 3 innovative ways of recovering critical metals from waste (Science, LL National Lab and Waste Management), a column about China's tax policies on rare earths (Quartz), 2 papers on US strategies for securing its supply chain of critical materials (Nikkei Asia and DoE) and the 2022-list of 50 critical materials published by US Geological Survey. Finally, an analysis on the potential shortages linked to the war in Ukraine (The Conversation).
Further on the scientific front with a wide variety of innovations such as 2 new chemical pathways for hydrogen production at Riken and at University of California, graphene for lower cost micro chips at University of Sussex and new contribution to graphene Spintronics at University of Manchester, an electron microscope for magnetic forces co-built by Tokyo and Monash Universities and an update on the race to build best in class quantum computers by IEEE Spectrum
In the field of sustainability, we have chosen 5 initiatives : solar powered system for cheap desalination at MIT, historical shut down of the biggest Australian coal-fired station highlighted in the Guardian, a free EV-battery recycling program launched in California by Ford, Volvo and Redwood, Japanese new R&D project for green hydrogen by photosynthesis as explained in Nikkei Asia and lastly the first solar canal project in California detailed in The Conversation.
Finally 20 of our WMF Start Up Alumni were in the news this month. A combination of funding rounds or grants (EH Group - Switzerland, Twelve - USA, Zeta - USA), scale-up & development announcements (Carbios - France, Cycladex - USA, Fluence Analytics - USA, Inopsys - Netherlands), some exciting partnerships (Cycladex with Glen Eagle, PolySpectra with Keyland Polymer, UBQ Materials with Nestlé & PepsiCo), a few CEOs interviews (Brimstone Energy - USA, Nelumbo - USA, Woodoo - France), two award winners (EH Group - Switzerland, Kebotix - USA) as well as interesting press coverage (Aerosint - Belgium, Applied Nanolayers - Netherlands, Brimstone Energy - USA, C12 QE - France, CompPair - Switzerland, Cuberg - USA, Safi Organics - Kenya, UBiQD - USA, Woodoo - France).
As always, we hope that you enjoy the reading.
The WMF Editorial Team. Victoire de Margerie, Valentin Desbuis & Sélène Ciancioni
Science, February 9th: Using flashes of electric heat to extract rare earth from industrial waste at Rice University