Italy, Milan

Critical Raw Materials Substitution for Energetics and Photonics

when 5 September 2016 - 10 September 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 220

The “Advanced School on Critical Raw Materials Substitution for Energetics and Photonics” (RAMSES) aims at promoting the diffusion of knowledge on novel material strategies for the substitution or reuse of critical materials in the fields of energy and photonics. The idea of this school originates from the need to provide an ample training opportunity in which technological innovations are presented by experts in view of their environmental, economical, and societal impact. Lectures by material scientists, engineers, and geologists will be coupled with lessons offered by experts in technological solutions and sustainability as well as from environmental, economical, sociology, and anthropology areas.
The summer school will be hosted in the campus of the University of Milano-Bicocca. It will be open to PhD students and young researchers from EIT Raw Materials partners and from non-EIT Raw Materials institutions.
The duration of the program is one week (six full days from Monday to Saturday included). The methodology combines approx. 30 hours of lectures, along with visits to University laboratories; visit to selected industries in Milan; presentation of student activities through poster sessions; (short 5-minutes presentations introducing the results of the poster) and two round tables involving the faculty and students. The program also entails an interesting social programThe summer school will be hosted in the campus of the University of Milano-Bicocca. It will be open to PhD students and young researchers from EIT Raw Materials partners and from non-EIT Raw Materials institutions.
The duration of the school will be of one week (six full days from Monday to Saturday included). Approximately 30 hours of invited lectures are foreseen. In addition to lectures, other activities are planned like: visits to University laboratories; visits to selected industries of the Milan area; presentations of students’ activities by poster sessions coupled to mini-orals (short 5-minutes presentations introducing the results of the poster); two round tables involving teachers and students. A social program is also planned.

Course leader

Prof. Anna Vedda

Target group

PhD students and young researchers

Course aim

Contents covered:

Overview of Transparent and conductive materials: from fundamental to applications; Towards cost-effective functional materials by using non-toxic earth abundant elements and low-cost scalable novel synthetic methods; New concepts, materials and nanomaterials for optoelectronics and photovoltaics; Substitution of gallium and germanium in microelectronic devices; Substitution through bio-inspiration.
Energetics Inorganic thin film solar cells based on Earth–abundant elements; Computational studies for metal-free electro-catalysts; Substitution global approaches in the field of New Technology for Energy; Substitution of critical metals in fuel cells;
Photonics - Critical-metals-free luminescent materials; Recycled Aluminum Nitride powder as scattering media for opto-electronics and lighting; Glass-ceramics for engineering optical properties and nonlinear optics.
Economic and Social Aspects Business models, circular economies, and critical resources; Becoming a resource - Material extraction and transformation; Social sustainability – public perception and risk communication

Fee info

EUR 220: Covering school attendance, abstract book, meals and coffee breaks, social excursion and social dinner