World Materials Forum
Newsletter 52

Dear all,

In the field of critical materials, new publications warn about risks due to a Chinese rare earth dominance (Baker Institute), a strong decrease in mining capital expenditures in 2023 (S&P Global) or a fast deployment of low carbon technologies (LSE working paper). The EU therefore urges bankers to fund suppliers of critical minerals (Reuters). Good news though with the discovery of Europe's largest deposit of REE in Sweden (EuroNews) and a new Finnish technology for improved lithium production efficiency ( The USA is also investing on LFP batteries to be more independant (C&En) and Science News is providing us with a review of existing and new technologies in order to recycle rare earth elements.

Now on the scientific front with a great variety this month such as cheap porous polymer for water purification at DGIST, metal-organic frameworks for low temperature capture and release of ammonia at UC Berkeley, improved lifespan solar panels thanks to TiO2 coated ultra thin glass at FEP, devices made of gallium that melt and reform thanks to magnetic fields at Carnegie Mellon, new transistor materials beyond silicon - TMD - at MIT, efficient water to H2 conversion thanks to a new kind of solar panels at University of Michigan, redox-active interlayer for more efficient Li-S batteries at Argonne National Lab and some interesting questions about the packing of solid-state batteries on Battery Design.

Also we chose to highlight 6 sustainability initiatives: India's $2.3 billion project to develop green hydrogen in ABC News, a comprehensive database of all renewable energy projects and powerplants in Africa in Nature, a novel technique turning abandoned mines into long duration energy storage in IIASA, the world's first battery passport proof of concept in Mining Review Africa, an assessment of 12 carbon sequestration technologies by CSIRO and a new global commission launched in the UK in order to raise mining sustainability standards in Mining 2030.

Also 18 of our Start Up alumni were in the news this month: some impressive funding rounds (Citrine Informatics – USA, Zeta Energy – USA, MagREEsource – France, Noon Energy - USA), some partnerships announced or ongoing (Carbios – France with Novozymes, Kebotix – USA with LG Nova), many interesting press articles as usual (Citrine Informatics – USA, Woodoo – France, Fluence Analytics – USA, Brimstone Energy – USA, Graphene Manufacturing Group – Australia, Nanomakers – France, UBQ Materials – Israel, Lakril Tchnologies – USA, Perovskia Solar – Switzerland, Genes'ink – France, Sylvatex - USA) and to finish some interesting investments (an innovation lab in India for EH Group – Switzerland, and a pilot recycling plant in Grenoble for MagREEsource – France).

As always, we hope that you enjoy the reading.

The WMF Editorial Team.
Victoire de Margerie, Nadja Leclere & Valentin Desbuis


S&P Global, December 2nd:
Planned Mining Capital spending to fall 11 billion in 2023

Baker Institute, December 20th:
What China's rare earths dominance means for the US, January 6th:
Finnish technology to allow for on line monitoring of dissolved metal concentrations and to result in improved lithium's production efficiency

Euronews, January 13th:
SKAB announces the discovery of Europe's largest deposit of rare earth elements in Sweden but it will not be operational before at least 10 years

Science News, January 20th:
A review of existing and new technologies in order to recycle rare earth elements

Reuters, January 25th:
EU urges banks to fund mining of critical materials

C & En, January 29th:
LFP batteries are back to North America (lower performance but less expensive... and iron rather than nickel and cobalt)

LSE Working paper, January 30th:
New scenarios of demand requirements for so called "transition critical materials" (TCMs)


University of Michigan, January 4th:
A new kind of solar panel developed at the University of Michigan has achieved 9% efficiency in converting water into hydrogen

DGIST, January 4th:
DGIST develops cheap porous polymer for efficient water purification

Argonne National Lab., January 6th:
Redox-active porous layer adds to energy storage capacity and suppresses the shuttle effect on lithium sulfur batteries at Argonne National Lab

UC Berkeley, January 11th:
Using MOF to capture and release ammonia with smaller temperature swings thus saving lots of energy at UC Berkeley

MIT, January 18th:
New transistors materials beyond silicon at MIT - transition-metal dichalcogenides or TMDs

Battery Design, January 24th:
Things about Solid State Batteries that you are often not told

Tech Xplore, January 25th:
Improving lifespan and efficiency of solar panels thanks to TiO2 coated ultra thin glass at Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP)

Matter, January 25th:
Devices made of gallium that melt and reform thanks to magnetic fields at Carnegie Mellon


ABC News, January 5th:
India approves $2.3 billion to develop green hydrogen

Nature, January 6th:
A comprehensive data base of all renewable energy projects and existing power plants in Africa

IIASA, January 12th:
Turning abandoned mines into long duration energy storage solutions

Mining Review Africa, January 18th:
Global Battery Alliance launches world's first battery passport proof of concept

CSIRO, December 20th:
12 technologies of carbon sequestration assessed by CSIRO

Mining 2030, January 25th:
New global commission launched to raise mining sustainability standards


Citrine Informatics (Grand Prix 2017), January 4th:
Citrine Informatics raises $16M in Series C Financing

Citrine Informatics (Grand Prix 2017), January 10th:
Citrine Informatics appoints CFO Rahim Lakhani

Citrine Informatics (Grand Prix 2017), January 23rd:
Citrine Informatics appoints CCO Scott Carlyle

Carbios (N 2017 - Grand Prix Scale Up 2021), January 20th:
Carbios and Novozymes strengthen collaboration with a long-term exclusive strategic partnership

Genes'Ink (N 2017), January 24th:
Genes'Ink highlighted as one of the major key players concerning 2023-2030 conductive inks market

Woodoo (N 2018), January 10th:
Woodoo in architectural practices and design offices, features translucent wood

Fluence Analytics (N 2019), January 29th:
Fluence Analytics named a 2023 best place to work in Houston

Kebotix (N 2019), January 5th:
LG NOVA selects Kebotics for their future program in open innovation

Brimstone Energy (Grand Prix 2020), January 16th:
Brimstone Energy to eliminate cement CO2 emissions

EH Group ("Coup de Coeur" 2020), January 11th:
EH Group establishes innovation lab. in India

Graphene MG (N 2020), January 9th:
Graphene Manufacturing Group streamlines internal teams to support and accelerate R&D of graphene production

Nanomakers (N 2020), January 11th:
Nanomakers working on EU project to develop batteries with gel inside

Zeta Energy ("Coup de Coeur" Scale up 2022), January 11th: Zeta Energy receives $4M in federal funding

UBQ Materials (N 2021), January 13th:
UBQ Materials helping to reach "zero waste" alongside net zero

Lakril Technologies (N 2022), January 20th:
Lakril Technologies CEO interviewed on sustainable lactic to acrylic by AZO Materials network

Lakril Technologies (N 2022), January 23th:
Lakril's groundbreaking new catalyst technology lowers manufacturing costs of renewable chemicals

MagREEsource (N 2022), January 12th:
MagREEsource secures €5M to reindustrialise a permanent magnet industry

MagREEsource (N 2022), January 24th:
MagREEsource to open pilot recycling plant in Grenoblet

Noon Energy (N 2022), January 19th:
Noon Energy raises $28M to develop carbon-based long term energy storage

Perovskia Solar (N 2022), January 2nd:
Perovskia Solar awarded 2nd place in Swiss Innovation Challenge

Sylvatex ("Coup de Coeur" 2022), January 5th:
Sylvatex discusses "next generation" cathode manufacturing process