Session 2

Critical Raw Materials

The increasingly critical availability of primary and secondary resources already influences current and future developments of modern functional materials and the resulting energy technologies. In particular, strategic metals are a key to this transformation. Their efficient use or substitution by more readily available elements is a challenge for science and industry. With the session "Critical Raw Materials" we are creating a forum that will deal with the criticality, substitutability and recyclability of strategic metals. The session will highlight inherent conflict potentials combined with the limited availability of certain elements and discuss the consequences not only from a materials science perspective, but also from an economic and political science perspective.

Session Chairs


TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch


TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Lambert Alff



Uninova / CEMOP, Caparica (Portugal)

Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Martins

„Materials for a Sustainable Green Deal and World Prosperity“



Dr. Badrinath Veluri

"Rare Earths: Sustainability, Transparency and Standardization"


EIT RawMaterials GmbH

Dr. Roland Gauß

„The European Raw Materials Alliance. A concerted action to establish a resilient Circular Economy"