The ReMade@ARI project kicks off. Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste among the research centres involved

The ReMade@ARI project kicks off. Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste among the research centres involved

Circular economy and new materials: 40 major European research facilities at the service of businesses

A new project involving more than 40 major European research facilities has the ambitious goal of developing new materials with high recyclability and competitive functionality.
It is called ReMade@ARI and is focused, in particular, on the research and adoption of innovative materials for key components used in various sectors such as electronics, packaging or textiles.

At the supermarket, for example, fruit and vegetables are often packed in plastic containers to preserve them from shocks or extend their shelf life. In the future, bio-based materials derived from wood could be a sustainable alternative. Another area of great interest is the recycling of electronic equipment.
This is where ReMade@ARI comes into play: the research leading to the development of new sophisticated materials is fundamentally based on access to important European research infrastructures that are at the forefront of the world, among which is Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste.

Elettra is one of the project partners in the ARIE (Analytical Research Infrastructures for Europe) network, which brings together seven European networks including synchrotron and FEL, laser and neutron sources. It will provide scientific and data processing support at some of the microscopy-imaging beamlines selected for cutting-edge research projects and chosen by a scientific review panel. Elettra scientists will also be involved in the Re-Made@ARI education and training programme for young researchers, created and shared among project participants.

As early as March 2020, the European Commission adopted the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), making it one of the main elements of the European Green Deal, the European agenda for sustainable growth. In addition to reducing pressure on natural resources and creating sustainable growth and jobs, the EU's transition to a circular economy is also a prerequisite for achieving the EU's 2050 climate neutrality target. The Plan includes initiatives along the entire life cycle of products: it focuses on how products are designed, promotes circular economy processes, encourages sustainable consumption and aims to ensure that waste is reused and resources used remain in the economic cycle as long as possible.

According to this plan, it is estimated that industry can determine up to 80 per cent of the subsequent environmental impact at the design stage of a product. At present, however, the linear production model offers few incentives to make products more sustainable.

As part of the ReMade@ARI project, researchers working on the design of new recyclable materials will be provided with analytical tools to explore the properties and structure of materials down to atomic resolution. Since a wide variety of analytical methods are required, involving appropriate combinations of photons, electrons, neutrons, ions, positrons and very high magnetic fields, teams from academic or industrial research working on new recyclable materials will have easy and coordinated access to the best and most advanced research infrastructure.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 09:42