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S11: Sustainable, Low Critical Material Use and Green Materials Processing Technologies


EMA 2013


Development of low-carbon, low-critical materials use, energy-efficient, and environmentally-benign technologies is an emerging issue for both economic competitiveness of manufacturing and sustainable energy generation and use. This symposium is a forum for materials issues related to both improved materials manufacturing and new energy efficiency and energy generation technology development. Improved materials manufacturing, or green processing, includes use of more environmentally-benign and/or lower energy use manufacturing methods, which provide benefits in reduced cost, waste generation, and environmental compliance. Electronic ceramics also play an important role in clean energy generation, environmental remediation, and energy efficiency technologies. Redox-active materials enable multiple atmospheric effects including reduction of atmospheric pollution, carbon sequestration, and artificial solar thermal photosynthesis. Electronic ceramics also enable advances in building energy efficiency through
moderation of heat gain and loss (electrochromics and photochromics), photovoltaics (transparent conductive oxides), and novel energy storage methods. Topics include development of novel energy and
environmental technologies, waste minimization, substitutions for rare or critical substances, and advanced process development.


Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Energy efficient manufacturing, building, transportation, & lighting
  • Identification of and replacements for critical materials (rare earth metals, indium, lithium, and others)
  • Green manufacturing methods
  • Ceramic-based carbon sequestration
  • Synthetic photosynthesis
  • Carbon-neutral energy generation


Symposium Organizers

  • Paul Clem, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Stephan Krohns, University of Augsburg, Germany


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