CloseLoop Workshop Substitution of Critical Raw Materials

Time: 19 November 2018

Venue: Dipoli, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo, Meeting room Takka

Target audience: Chemical, metallurgical and energy industries, ministries, cities, NGOs, researchers, post graduate and post doctoral students


EU has listed 27 substances as critical raw materials (CRM) based on their economic importance and supply risk. The modern society is increasingly dependent on these materials. Especially, the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy (solar and wind) and electric mobility will drastically increase the need for metals. Key supply risk mitigation measures are recovery of critical materials from end-of-life products and their substitution by earth abundant or renewable raw materials. In this workshop, we will present case studies of CRM substitution with a key focus in the energy sector.

Preliminary Agenda

08.45-09.15     Registration and coffee

09.15-09.30     Opening of the workshop

09.30-10.00     How energy transition is reshaping demand and supply of metallic minerals?

  • Tiina Koljonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (tbc)

10.00-10.45     A Roadmap to Sustainable Use of Thermoelectrics

  • Robert Freer, University of Manchester (UK)

10.45-11.00     Nanostructured inorganic-organic thermoelectrics

  • Antti Karttunen, Aalto University

11.00-11.30     Promotion of CRM substitution 

  • Dr. Julien Frey, EIT Raw Materials

11.30-12.30     Lunch

12.30-13.15     Li and Mg-organic batteries on the horizon

  • Dr. Klemen Pirnat, National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia)

13.15-13.30     Thin-film solid-state batteries with organic electrodes

  • Maarit Karppinen, Aalto University

13.30-14.00     Substitution case examples from heavy industry

  • Elina Huttunen-Saarivirta, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

14.00-14.30     Coffee

14.30-15.15     Carbon nanotube based electronics

  • Albert Nasibulin, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia)

15.15-15.30     Electrocatalysis on functionalized carbon nanotubes

  • Tanja Kallio, Aalto University

15.30-15.45     Summary and closing of the workshop


The workshop is free of charge but registration is required. You can register by sending e-mail to by November 9, 2018. Please, specify your name, affiliation, e-mail address and possible special diet in the registration mail.