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CRM_InnoNet featured at EMRS ZnO Symposium

Report on the holding of Symposium K “ZnO Material Science from researches to electronic applications” EMRS Fall Meeting, September 16-20, Warsaw, Poland. ZnO is a well-known wide-gap semiconductor, that has a combination of unique properties, such as almost complete analogue of GaN w
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European vs. U.S. CRM Substitution Efforts

2013 saw the launch of the ‘Critical Materials Institute’ (CMI), one of five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded ‘Hubs’ that combine the talents of researchers and developers, with the aim of severing the reliance on critical raw materials (CRMs) mainly to facilitate the uptake of
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Recent Activity from TUDelft

The August issue of CRM_InnoNet’s quarterly newsletter, the Critical Raw Material Bulletin, featured the activities of TUDelft.  TUDelft have a wealth of expertise on product design and ask designers to consider the importance of the materials they choose at the design stage. Here we
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Strategic metals or critical metals?

The proliferation of think tank reports and government initiatives show that global governments have concerns of the security of supply of certain resources.  Various assessments have come to different conclusions about the most at risk elements or resources, but a consensus has forme
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EIP Raw Materials Conference 19/04/2013

The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP RM) aims to promote innovation along the entire value chain of raw materials and has a number of ambitious targets to achieve by 2020, such as: 10 innovative pilot actions (e.g. demonstration plants) for exploration, extraction
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Ongoing TU Delft research in the Netherlands

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Industrial Design Engineeering (IDE) has partnered with FME–CWM (industry representative organisation for companies in the technological sector) in The Netherlands, to develop company awareness and solution opportunities concerning critical ra
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Critical Raw Materials, what for?!

  Critical Raw Materials (CRM) are vital for many industrial sectors in Europe such as clean energy options like wind turbines, solar cells, electric vehicles, energy-efficient lighting and many other sectors and applications. Ok, they are important, but how to deal with their sc
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What exactly is substitution?

CRM_InnoNet will drive networking, innovation and policy in the field of substitution of critical raw materials. So what exactly is substitution? The most obvious and simple example of substitution is the direct replacement of a material for another in a given application or process.
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To substitute or not to substitute?

Increasing the availability of raw materials in Europe to enable businesses to operate is an ever evolving challenge. Europe depends almost entirely on imports for a number of strategic metals. Many resources are only available from a limited number of sources which creates the possib
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