World Materials Forum
Newsletter 50

Dear all,

Focus this month on a new initiative of the Paris Peace Forum together with WMF to promote governance around critical minerals needed for the energy transition. And also a variety of measures/projects to develop future critical materials security by creating new supply chains (Rare Earth/Quartz), by recovering critical materials from wastes (Norway/Sintef), by regulating Chinese minerals investments overseas (Canada/Dentons) and by developing further “friend shoring” (Australia and Vietnam/The Diplomat, EU and Kazakhstan/Eurasianet).

Further on the scientific front with a wide range of innovations starting with a breakthrough technique to monitor chemistry evolution of Na-Li ion batteries (Nature Energy) and also a process to produce new solar panels from solar panel wastes at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (TechXplore), an inexpensive catalyst to turn ammonia into hydrogen (Rice University), integrated electronic-photonic chip for faster and energy efficient data communication at Caltech/Southampton (The Engineer), new solid ceramic electrolytes at MIT (AZO Materials), polymers designed to improve their electrical conductivity (Stanford Engineering), magnets using Bismuth Manganese alloys instead of rare earth (AMES Laboratory) and packaging paper wastes transformed into carbon anodes at NTU (TechXplore).

Regarding sustainability initiatives we have chosen to highlight how Aluminium MOFs can be cheap, stable and simple to use in capturing CO2 according to NIST, how to refurbish, upcycle and green old buildings in Bloomberg, how to use magnets to remove micro plastics from water at RMIT, how quantum can be used to develop transparent coatings that can block heat and save energy at Universite Notre Dame and how Anglo American optimizes desalinated water supply to their Los Bronces copper plant in Chile. Worth mentioning as well is a new global alliance of 60+ companies whose goal is to decarbonize the electronics supply chain.

Also 27 of our Start Up alumni were in the news this month with some fundings (Kebotix - USA, Lakril Technologies - USA), some partnerships announced or ongoing (Aerosint - Belgium with Fraunhofer IGCV, Citrine Informatics - USA with Morrow Batteries), a few awards (Bcomp - Switzerland, Fluence Analytics - USA, Perovskia Solar - Switzerland), founders or CEOs' interviews (CompPair - Switzerland, Genes'Ink - France, Lixo - France, Sakowin - France, Sylvatex - USA, UBQ Materials - Israel) and many interesting press articles as usual (BeFC - France, C12 - France, Carbios - France, ColdPad - France, Cuberg - USA, Cyclopure - USA, FREDsense Technologies - USA, Graphene MG - Australia, Nitricity - USA, Sepion - USA, Spin-Ion - France, Tiamat Energy - France, Twelve - USA, UbiQD - USA).

As always, we hope that you enjoy the reading.

The WMF Editorial Team.
Victoire de Margerie, Sélène Ciancioni & Valentin Desbuis


Eurasianet, November 9th: 
Agreement between EU & Kazakhstan for securing critical materials supply chain

Paris Peace Forum, November 12th: 
Call for action to support sustainable critical minerals by key global stakeholders

The Diplomat, November 21st: 
An Australia-Vietnam partnership could erode China's monopoly on rare earths

SINTEF, November 24th: 
A new EEC funded project to recover valuable raw materials from "red mud"

Quartz, November 25th: 
The West is rebuilding its rare earths supply chain - but China still looms large

Dentons, November 25th: 
Canadian government orders Chinese investors to divest minority stakes in Lithium projects


Nature Energy, September 14th: 
Fibre optic infrared spectroscopy in order to monitor cell chemistry evolution of commercial Na Li Ion batteries

AMES Laboratory, November 7th: 
Bismuth Manganese alloys instead of rare earth for magnets with microstructure engineering

Stanford Engineering, November 11th: 
Designing polymers to improve their electrical conductivity

AZO Materials, November 19th: 
Progress on solid ceramic electrolytes at MIT 

TechXplore, November 23rd: 
Waste packaging paper converted into carbon anodes for commercial batteries at NTU 

RICE University, November 24th: 
Inexpensive catalyst uses energy from light to turn ammonia into hydrogen at Rice

The Engineer, November 28th: 
Integrated electronic-photonic chip for faster and energy-efficient data communication at Caltech/Southampton 

TechXplore, November 28th: 
Process to produce new solar panels from solar panel wastes at Norwegian University of Science and Technology 


Spectrum IEEE, November 6th: 
A new alliance of more than 60 companies in order to decarbonize the electronics supply chain 

Materials Today, November 9th: 
Aluminium MOFs can be cheap, stable and simple to use in capturing CO2 according to NIST

Bloomberg, November 23rd: 
Sustainable construction: how to refurbish, upcycle and green old buildings, November 23rd: 
Anglo American to optimize desalinated water supply to Los Bronces copper plant in Chile 

Science News, November 29th: 
Using magnets to remove micro plastics from water at RMIT

Science Daily, November 29th: 
Quantum for transparent coatings that block heat and save energy at Universite Notre Dame


Aerosint (N 2017), November 22nd:
Aerosint & Fraunhofer IGCV expose a new way to 3D print multiple materials at Formnext 2022

BComp (N 2018), November 22nd:
BComp wins BMW Supplier Innovation Award in the Newcomer of the Year category

BComp (N 2018), October 28th: 
Report on Bcomp on Swiss TV (FR)

BeFC (N 2022), November 10th: 
Reportage about BeFC in L'ADN magazine (FR)

BeFC (N 2022), November 18th: 
Discover BEFC in video 

C12 (N 2021), November: 
C12 is part of the R&D program QRYOLink (Quantum cRYOgenic Link) funded by the French Government

Carbios (N 2017 - Grand Prix Scale Up 2021), November 22nd: Carbios CEO invited on BFM TV in Tech&Co (FR) 

Carbios (N 2017 - Grand Prix Scale Up 2021), November 24th: Carbios highlighted in Plastics Technology article on recycling

Citrine Informatics (Grand Prix 2017), November 10th: 
Citrine Informatics Reports Quarterly ACV Bookings Record in Q3 2022

Citrine Informatics (Grand Prix 2017), November 14th:
Citrine Informatics and Morrow Batteries join forces to accelerate the development of high performance, sustainable battery technology

Cold Pad (N 2019), November 2nd: 
Bureau Veritas delivers approval in principle to C-Claw

CompPair (N 2019), November 1st: 
CEO Amaël Cohades interviewed on So Good Sofa 

Cuberg (Grand Prix 2018), November 23rd: 
Why aviation will be the first industry to adopt next-gen battery technology according to Cuberg, in TIME

Cyclopure (N 2019), November 15th: 
Cyclopure in the 11 Water Tech Companies to watch, according to Water Conditioning & Purification International

Fluence Analytics (N 2019), November 14th:
Fluence Analytics wins Houston Innovation Award in the Hardtech Business category

FREDsense Technologies (N 2019), November 17th: 
FREDsense portable water quality test kit used to detect dissolved arsenic levels on-site in city groundwater wells

Genes'ink (N 2017), November 7th: 
Genes'ink, one of only four companies in the world capable of producing transparent electrodes without Chinese rare metals -- interview by Radiofrance (FR) 

Graphene MG (N 2020), November 6th: 
Graphene MG's UQ technology offers solution to storing solar energy to power homes, on ABC news

Kebotix (N 2019), October 31st: 
Kebotix awarded a $400,000 grant from the US EPA to further develop an AI platform for inadvertent-PCB-free organic pigments

Låkril Technologies (N 2022), November 16th: 
Låkril Technologies Secures Over $1.4M in Pre-Seed Funding to Advance Development of Plant-based Acrylic Acid

Lixo (N 2021), November 7th: 
Lixo puts artificial intelligence at the service of waste management, highlighted in bpifrance Big Media (FR)

Lixo (N 2021), November 2nd:
CITEO and Lixo interviewed on Circul'R Talks podcast (FR)

Nitricity (Grand Prix 2021), November 2nd: 
Nitricity to join Elemental Excelerator's portfolio of climate tech innovators

Nitricity (Grand Prix 2021), November 4th:
Nitrogen made different with Nitricity 

Perovskia Solar (N 2022), November 28th: 
Perovskia Solar secures the 2nd place of the Swiss Innovation Challenge over 100 competing start ups (DE)

Sakowin (N 2022), November 14th:
Sakowin's CEO, Gérard Gatt, on BFM TV (FR)

Sepion Technologies (Coup de Coeur Award 2017), November 4th:
Sepion listed in C&EN's 10 Start-Ups to watch for 2022

Spin-Ion (N 2020), November 7th:
Spin-Ion system to engineer ultra-thin magnetic materials highlighted in Magnetics Magasine

Sylvatex (Coup de Coeur Award 2022), November 10th:
Virginia Klausmeier, CEO and Founder of Sylvatex, interviewed by Exige International's Leadership Series

Tiamat Energy (Coup de Coeur Award 2022), November 29th:
Tiamat mentionned in Techniques de l'Ingenieur article.

Twelve (N 2019), November 10th: 
Twelve's carbon transformation technology selected for TIME’s Best Inventions of 2022

UbiQD (N 2020), November 5th: 
UbiQD and its transparent solar panels in an article from Interesting Engineering

UBQ Materials (N 2021), November 8th: 
UBQ Materials’ waste-based thermoplastic is in Forbes

UBQ Materials (N 2021), November 22nd: 
Achieving climate goals in a post-consumer recycled materials desert with UBQ Materials

UBQ Materials (N 2021), November 14th:
UBQ Materials praised in Plastics News