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Symposium EN01-Materials for Sustainable Electronics

A strategic goal of social development is an increasing use of resources. Key for the future is a sustainable use of these resources, which ultimately requires a non-destructive resource lifecycle. Although complete recycling is impossible from the entropy point of view, the nearly “inexhaustible” combination of solar, wind and geothermal energy sources can be the driver for sustainability for the foreseeable future. This will facilitate the evolution of a true circular economy. However, this still leaves significant materials research needs, required to be able to access and use the energy sources and make them truly sustainable, as well as for the systems that use that energy. To truly realize the circular economy given the complex interplay of materials, electronics and energy makes 100% recycling a true challenge. This will demand a development of new materials and technology designed up front with this in mind.

Condition to be met by such materials include increasing the percent of recyclability, minimizing peripheral waste all through the manufacturing processes and to extend lifetimes for end products made with the materials. Such goal can be achieved by using sturdier materials, self-repairing materials, programmable self-destroying and recyclable materials, where all options need to continue to allow for innovation and dynamics in technology development. At the next level, materials combinations must be chosen that minimize unwanted chemical and non-chemical processes. Importantly, materials combinations and devices need to be designed for high yield, minimal environmental impact and end-of-life component & material separation and recycling.

Topics will include:

  • Programmable lifetime materials
  • Defect chemistry
  • Recyclable composition design
  • Electronics in extreme environments and accessing new processing environments
  • Composite hybrid materials with new functionality, designed for recyclability
  • Develop and apply methods to measure and identify emerging and legacy chemicals in plastic and organic products and waste stream and recycling material flows
  • Seek safer substitute chemicals for materials manufacturing and processing
  • Understand toxicity of materials and chemical additives to humans and ecosystems
  • Analysis of materials as contaminants in wastewater treatment plants and landfills.

Invited Speakers:

  • Gregg Beckham (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Allison Beese (The Pennsylvaia State University, USA)
  • Fenna Blomsma (Technische Universität Denmark, Denmark)
  • Michael Braungart (Lueneburg Leuphana University, Germany)
  • Peter Fiske (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Martin Geissdoerfer (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Oliver Gutfleisch (Technische Universität Darmstadtt, Germany)
  • Igor Lubomirsky (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
  • Satyajit Majumdar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India)
  • Toru Okabe (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Elsa Olivetti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Armin Reller (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
  • Veena Sahajwalla (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Bill Tumas (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • John Warner (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Naoko Yoshie (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

Anke Weidenkaff
Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

David Cahen
Weizmann Institute of Science
Department of Materials and Interfaces

David Ginley
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Materials and Chemical Science and Technology

Alp Sehirlioglu
Case Western Reserve University
Materials Science and Engineering

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