Saturday, December 13, 2014

European consortium on ‘raw materials’ kicks off

Date of news: 12 December 2014
Radboud University will be part of a large pan-European partnership focussing on innovation in the field of ‘raw materials’. The consortium ‘RawMatTERS’ includes more than 100 partners from 22 countries of the European Union, representing leading partners from industry, research and academia.

RawMatTERS is winner of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) call for strategic partnerships for the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) Raw Materials. The aim of this KIC is to stimulate the competitiveness and growth of European raw materials sector via intensive innovation and entrepreneurship. Furthermore the KIC will make the sector more attractive to young people by developing Master and PhD programmes in close collaboration with world-class partners from education, research and industry.

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Unique research infrastructure

Radboud University can provide access for consortium members to the unique combination of large-scale research infrastructure in Nijmegen that allows for a detailed characterization of novel materials in the nano-domain, important for substitution of critical raw materials. These facilities include the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), the Free Electron Laser for Infrared and Terahertz Experiments (FELIX) Laboratory and the Solid State NMR facilities.
In addition the RU will focus on PhD and Msc Education, entrepreneurship and new types of collaboration with industrial partners. Through this closer collaboration with industry more appropriate technical designs and a wider uptake and acceptance of innovations for the raw materials sector can be achieved.


The winning consortium coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany has a broad coverage across the materials chain and is considered the strongest partnership that has ever been assembled in the raw materials sector. RawMatTERS will have its headquarters in Berlin and six transnational co-location centres around Europe. Radboud University and other Dutch, Belgium and German partners are grouped in the Western Co-location centre in Leuven (Belgium).

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