Materials: Solutions for Scarcity
Theme

Materials: Solutions for Scarcity

Raw materials are becoming scarce. Oil, for example, that we use to make plastics. Other materials such as indium (in LCD screens), platinum (catalysts) or lithium (lightweight batteries) are also increasingly difficult to come by. Because they are running out, or they come from areas where trade is impossible.

Within the NWO theme Materials: Solutions for Scarcity, science and industry are joining forces in a bid to find alternatives. Lightweight, powerful batteries for example, which do not contain lithium. Smarter design processes, with less use of raw materials and more re-use of parts or materials.

The aim is to make materials with useful properties as efficiently and sustainably as possible, because the world’s population is growing, emerging nations are developing into major economies and we are using more and more resources, energy, food and water.