Webinar: Endangered Elements: Critical Materials in the Supply Chain

The periodic table of elements is under siege.  Modern materials use an ever-increasing number of elements, and some supplies are running short. This is presenting a number of supply chain risks: demand shocks due to new uses, supply uncertainties because of geographically concentrated production and geo-political risks, and reliance on co-production. Tune in to this special broadcast LIVE from the ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to discover how chemists are working to tackle these problems and  showcase how innovators are creating chemistries that can be resilient and conflict-free.

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What You Will Learn

  • Why is “running out” of mineral resources less of a problem than the costs and environmental consequences of mineral production?
  • current state of critical element dependency in the chemical industry; how we depend on metals in ways we don’t necessarily think of
  • where critical elements end up after they are used or spent, focusing on recovery and recycling throughout the global supply chain
  • And much more…

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 2-3;30 pm ET (8 pm CET)

Fee: Free to Attend

Download Slides: Available the day of broadcast

Meet Your Experts

Paul Chirik is the Edward S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, having joined the department in 2011. Previously he was the Peter J. Debye Professor of Chemistry at Cornell. Chirik earned his B. S. in Chemistry at Virginia Tech and Ph. D. at Caltech. His research group is interested in developing sustainable methods for chemical synthesis.

Roderick G. Eggert is Professor of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1986.  He also is Deputy Director of the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub created in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate innovation in energy materials. He has lectured extensively on the economics of rare earths and other critical elements and has testified on this topic before committees of the European Parliament, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Avtar Matharu is Deputy Director of the Green Chemistry Centre and Scientific Leader for Renewable Materials Technology Platform. His background is synthetic organic chemistry relevant to design, synthesis and characterisation of functional materials such as liquid crystals and ultra-high capacity optical data storage media. His research now focuses on technological innovations in green and sustainability chemistry.

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