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09/30/2021 - 09/30/2021 | Berlin

The Materials Science of Sustainable Metals and a Circular Economy

In der Vortragsreihe „Wissenschaft mit Wirkung“ wollen wir uns ganz konkret der Frage widmen, wie Forschung in postfaktischen Zeiten Wirkung und Nutzen für die Gesellschaft entfalten kann. Das ganze Jahr über werden Referent*innen der BAM sowie aus unserem weltweiten Netzwerk mit ihren Vorträgen aktuelle Fragen aus unseren fünf Themenfeldern Energie, Infrastruktur, Umwelt, Material und Analytical Sciences beleuchten.

Presenter: Prof. Dierk Raabe, Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung

Summary: For more than five millennia metallic alloys have been serving as the backbone of civilization. Today >2 billion tons of metals are produced every year. The demand for some materials such as steels, aluminum and copper is expected to double or even triple by 2050. Metals require a lot of energy for their extraction, synthesis and downstream manufacturing, qualifying them as the largest single industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. The success of metals thus brings them into a position where they must play an important role in addressing the associated environmental challenges and the coming of a partially circular economy. The presentation discusses pathways for improving the direct sustainability of structural metals, in areas including reduced-carbon-dioxide primary production, recycling, scrap-compatible alloy design, contaminant-tolerance of alloys and improved alloy longevity. The lecture also discusses the effectiveness and technological readiness of individual measures, and also shows how novel structural materials enable improved energy efficiency.

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Type of Event: Webinar

Language: English


09/30/2021 14:00 - 09/30/2021 15:00

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Online via Webex

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Scientists and scholars, all interested persons

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transregional, national

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Construction / architecture, Energy, Environment / ecology, Materials sciences, Mechanical engineering

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Presentation / colloquium / lecture




Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)



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