M2i is involved in two ‘small NWA projects’ through the NWA routes Circular Economy (CE) and Measuring and Detecting (MD). The projects aim at increasing the scientific and societal impact of their NWA route by creating new connections between organizations and research fields.

In addition, the projects will examine options to organize large follow-up consortia on relevant research themes.

The CE project investigates the level of circularity of 3 specific value chains, i.e. tin production and utilisation, lithium ion batteries and timber construction. The project will analyse the working mechanism of the entire value chains and identify triggers that will speed up the transition to a fully circular value chain.

The MD project aims at improving the sorting efficiency of electronic waste, in particular the recovery of critical raw materials in printed circuit boards (PCBs). The project will evaluate the capabilities of state-of-the-art mechanical, chemical and visual sorting techniques to direct further optimization for either reuse or material recovery.

Both projects will start in the first half of 2021 and will run for about one year. M2i will provide support to project management and communication activities.

For questions please contact M2i program manager Harald Kerp, phone: 06 – 2505 7505.