28 July 2016

WG 4 – Value chain impact


Maria Letizia Ruello, female, chemistry, Senior Researcher in Material Science and Technology, and Research Manager for the “sustainable valorization of by-products of the Critical Raw Materials recycling”

From 2013 Coordinator of the inter-departmental task force on Critical Raw Materials and contact person for the European Innovation Partnership EIP on Raw Material SUBST-EXTREME (Technology Pillar; Priority Area: Substitution of raw materials; Action area n° I.8: Materials under extreme conditions 1) Substitution of CRM in heat resistant super alloys, 2) Substitution of CRM in hard materials

2012-2014 Academic Tutor of the 1th joint program (Russia-Italy) for the double PhD degree in “Engineering Sciences”

From 2012 Member of the technical committee of Marche Region Government for the development of guideline useful for the selection of land for specific industrial plant with a view to the sustainable management of the environment and the territory.

2010-2011 Scientific coordinator of the International Project Italy-Russia “CATACLEAN – Catalytic reaction for self-cleaning furniture panel (No. F55E08000150001)” co-funded by the National Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) and BABINI SPA-Office as business partner.

From 2004 Assistant Professor of Industrial Emission Characterization in the degree course of Environmental sustainability and Civil Protection of the Università Politecnica delle Marche.

WG4 Leader

Dr Andreas Bartl_ATSince 2002 Andreas Bartl is teaching and researching at Vienna University of Technology at the institute of Chemical Engineering. In 2012 he received the conferment of the right to lecture (“venia docendi”) and the academic title “Privatdozent” which complies with Associate Professor. Before joining the University he worked in the industry at Hirtenberger AG in Lower Austria for four years. He was head of the R & D department for pyrotechnics as well as responsible for the production in the primer plant. His most important project was the development of non-toxic ignition mixtures for small ammunition and automotive applications.

Andreas holds a PhD degree in Technical Science from Vienna University of Technology. During his thesis he was working as project assistant and investigated the reduction process of non-sag tungsten powder further used for in incandescent bulb. The work was carried out in cooperation with Philips Lighting Maarheeze, The Netherlands. The work was awarded the Wolf Johannes Müller price. Before that he received a degree of “Diplomingenieur” which complies with MSc. The practical work included chemical vapor deposition experiments. On the one hand diamond have been deposited on WC/Co hard metals coated with WC films. On the other hand the deposition and etching of cubic boron nitride was investigated.

Andreas holds lectures in mechanical engineering, fiber technology and recycling and is responsible for several laboratory tutorials and seminars in the field of mechanical process engineering. He has supervised several diploma and doctoral theses mainly in cooperation with industrial partners. The topics are located in the field of recycling. The main expertise of Andreas Bartl is located in recycling and the morphological characterization of particles by optical image analysis.

Dr Antije Wittenberg_DEDr. Antje Wittenberg, is a senior scientist at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover. As a Mineralogist she is experienced in solid-state and in-situ analytics, in experimental petrology and geochemistry as well as in issues related to the availability of mineral raw materials. Currently her work is focused on securing sustainable supply of raw materials, both land-based and marine.

Amongst other groups Antje is member of the Raw Materials Supply Group and its Ad-hoc Working Group on Critical Raw Materials of the EC.

Antje has worked as political advisor to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn and for the European Commission (EC) in Brussels. Her academic background was mainly built at the Leibniz University of Hannover (Diploma Mineralogist, Doctoral Degree in Natural Science and Assistant Professorship). Study visits and research took also place at the Universities of Clausthal-Zellerfeld and of Göttingen at the Bernard Price Institute and the Schonland Research Centre (both Wits University, South Africa), the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI) in Mainz and the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (BGI) University of Bayreuth.

Mr Jan Meneve_BE VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the grand societal challenges of tomorrow: climate change, food security, energy supply, population growth, and resources criticality.

Within a material constrained world where Europe is particularly raw materials dependent, the reuse, remanufacturing, recovery & recycling, and substitution of materials and products will be essential in the future manufacturing and processing industry value chains and our society as a whole.

Jan Meneve obtained his master in science and metallurgical engineering at the University of Ghent in 1989. He started his career at VITO carrying out research on the micro-mechanical, friction and wear behaviour of coatings.

From 1998 until January 2010 he was heading the Materials Technology unit at VITO, with activities in the fields of powder processing of ceramics and metals, laser applications, and plasma technology. State-of-the-art measurements and tests underpin these research activities.

From 2010 on, Jan Meneve is responsible for the strategic research activities of the Sustainable Materials Technology unit at VITO.

Jan Meneve is particularly sympathic towards material technologies and their vast yet largely unexplored role in closing material loops in a circular economy context.

Communication and Dissemination Leader

Dr Santiago Cuesta Lopez_ES

Santiago Cuesta López has the mention of “Distinguished Researcher”. Director of the International Research Center in Critical Raw Materials for Advanced Industrial Technologies. Director of the Advanced Materials, Nuclear technology and applied Nanotechnology Department.

S. Cuesta coordinates the Regional activity and the participation of ICCRAM as Task partner within the EIT KIC on Raw Materialsand he is deeply involved in the activities of the EU EIP Raw Materials. In particular, he is leader of the WP1 in the EIP-Raw Materials Action Group 1.7 RESET, and WP1 within the Action Group SUBST-EXTREME 1.8. Recently he has also joined the commitment PROMETIA.

S. Cuesta is executive member of EU NANOFUTURES as chairman of the Working Group on Critical Raw Materials. Member of the international committee ISO/AENOR CTN 73, and of the Strategic Expert Group (SEG) for M-ERANET EU-Commission.

Presently Santiago directs for ICCRAM eight EU-H2020 projects, including the coordination of two projects at European level. Of relevance, he is coordinator of the FET-OPEN project ICARUS targeting new alloys for extreme applications in aerospace. Santiago coordinates two transnational excellence networks dealing with materials and advanced technology: MULTINANOMAT  and INCRAM: “International Network in Critical Raw Materials Substitution”.

Santiago has been partner/director in more than 30 internationally funded projects, authored/co-authored more than 100 publications and technical communications to industry, and received 5 scientific reputed awards.

WG4 Leader

Dr Vjaceslavs LapkovskisMr. Vjaceslavs Lapkovskis is a researcher and consultant for academic and industrial companies, and acting Docent at the Institute of Aeronautics of Riga Technical University (Environmental issues related to transportation with emphasis on aviation and infrastructure topics). He earned Bachelour’s (1994) and Master’s (1997) degrees in chemistry from University of Latvia, and PhD degree (2013) in mechanical engineering from Riga Technical University (Latvia). Dr. Lapkovskis has an extensive experience in materials and environmental sciences, solid waste treatment technologies, and more than 15 years experience in wastes/biomass processing technologies for waste-to-energy systems (incineration, pyrolysis). Dr. Lapkovskis is an author and co-author of more than 45 scientific publications (materials/environmental sciences and materials recycling technologies), co-author of 5 national patents. Dr. Lapkovskis is an independent EC expert/reviewer for FP7/Horizon2020 programmes, currently working on composition of new proposal under EC Horizon 2020 calls (2016-2017), including Future and Emerging Technologies (FET Open), Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), Small and Medium Enterprise promotion (SME Instrument). Since March 2016 he is a WG4 vice-leader of the COST Action CA15102 Solutions for Critical Raw Materials Under Extreme Conditions (CRM-EXTREME).

Date    of    Birth:    02    Feb.    1984
Telephone    no.:    0722499103
Email    address:    tunsu@chalmers.se
Corresponding    address:    Nergårdsvägen    51,    lgh.    1001,    436    36    Askim,    Sweden


Chemist,     PhD,     specialized     in     separation     methods     and     analytical     techniques     that     have    applications,    among    others,    in    material    recovery,    waste    processing,    and    decontamination.


I    have    experience    in    biochemistry    and    biotechnology,    specifically    phytoremediation    of    heavy metal-polluted    soils.    I    have    carried    out    extensive    research    on    the    removal    of    mercury    from    contaminated     solid     feeds     and     aqueous     streams,     using     hydrometallurgical     and    electrochemical    techniques.    In    recent    years,    I    have    looked    into    the    separation    and    recovery    of    critical    raw    materials,    e.g.    rare    earth    elements,    by    means    of    hydrometallurgical    processing.    I    have    also    worked    in    the    educational    sector    as    a    supervisor    and    teacher.


    Postdoctoral    Researcher,    2017-Ongoing
    Main    research    focused    on    recovery    of    tungsten    and    rare    earth    elements    from    ore    deposits.
    Researcher,    2016-2017
    Research    on    mercury    contamination    in    aqueous    streams,    and    applications    of    electrochemical
    methods    for    their    decontamination.
    PhD    Candidate,    2011-2016
    Development     of     processes     for     decontamination     and     recovery     of     rare     earth     elements     from
    end-of-life    streams    (80%).    Also,    teaching,    and    various    departmental    duties,    e.g.    instrument
    operation    and    servicing,    organizing    tasks,    supervision    of    interns    etc.    (20%).
    Teacher,    2008-2011
    Chemistry    Teacher    and    Environmental    Protection    Teacher,    middle-    and    high-school    level.


    PhD    in    Chemistry,    2011-2016.
    Master     of     Science     in     Dynamics     and     analysis     in     chemical     systems,     with     strong     emphasis     on
    practical    applications    of    analytical    and    separation    techniques,    2006-2008.

Dr. Matej Tešinský graduated in environmental engineering with thesis “Production of non-ferrous metals and waste treatment technologies” at Faculty of Metallurgy of Technical University in Košice in 2015. During  studies, he has obtained working experience in the steel production company Železiarne Podbrezová a.s. and  in Sapa profily a.s. After the graduation, he started working as junior technologist in lead recycling company Mach Trade s.r.o. which used BAT (best available technology). In 2015, he started his Ph.D. study at the  Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences in the Department of Mechanochemistry under the supervision of prof. RNDr. Peter Baláž, DrSc. His dissertation thesis topic is entitled “Mechanochemical processing of natural and synthetic minerals”. He is the author of 2 sceintific papers.  He is currently engaged in 2 domestic and 1 foreigh research  projects. During the first year of his Ph.D. study he took in one-month stay at the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany, resulting from his participation in the Slovak-German project.


Francesca BEOLCHINI is Associate Professor  at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DISVA) of the Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy), and she is a co-founder of the university spin-off company Ecorecycling. Her main research activities are in the field of chemical engineering for the environment, dealing with the development of innovative processes in hydrometallurgy/biohydrometallurgy for metal recovery from waste and from low grade ores, and for the remediation of contaminated sediments and wastewater. The scientific production is documented by 5 patents and more than 100 publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals and books.


Francesca started her scientific career with a Master degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 1995, with a dissertation on metal biosorption, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University “Federico II” of Naples, with a dissertation on bioleaching of gold bearing refractory sulphide ores. She subsequently held a position of Assistant Professor at the University of L’Aquila, and then, in 2003, she moved to the Polytechnic University of Marche, where she founded the Environmental technologies lab. The most relevant research projects funded by EC where she has recently been involved as responsible  are the EU-FP7-HydroWEEE (2008-2012) Innovative Hydrometallurgical processes to recover metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries and its demonstration  follow up HydroWEEE-DEMO (2012-2016).

Alessia Amato is a research fellow at the Department of Life and Environmental Science (DISVA) at the Università Poltecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy). She works in the field of waste treatment for the development of processes for metals recovery. The study of environmental impacts by a life cycle assessment approach, represents a peculiarity of her research activity, allowing the development of sustainable processes.

Alessia graduated in Environmental sustainability and civil protection at the Faculty of Science of Ancona, in 2013, after a bachelor degree in Chemistry and Technologies for the Environment and Materials (Bologna University, 2011). Her master dissertation concerned the environmental impacts of different kind of equipment for the domestic heating. The scientific career proceeded with a PhD in Environmental science at Polytechnic University of Marche, with a thesis about “Innovative and sustainable strategies of urban mining”. She has been involved in the European Project HydroWEEE-DEMO (concluded on March 2017) for the development of processes for metal recovery from electric and electronic waste.

Daniel Koch is a PhD Student in chemical engineering at TU Wien at the Institute for Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering. His field of study is Life Cycle Assessment and its application in the process design phase. There the specific research focus is on Biorefinery processes but also advancing the LCA methodology to deal with the obstacles when analyzing processes in the early stage of the design phase. The GaBi software LCA tool is utilized to model the Life Cycle Inventories and calculate the Life Cycle Impact Assessments. One of the goals in his research is to implement life cycle thinking and environmental impact assessments in the decision making for process development.

Dr. Martina Petranikova,I am an assistant professor at Chalmers University of Technology  (Industrial Materials Recycling) in Gothenburg (Sweden). I deal with hydrometallurgical processes to recover valuable metals from primary sources (ores, concentrates) and secondary sources (spent portable and car batteries, steel making dust, mining waste, waste of electric and electronic equipment, etc.). The research is based on the development of hydrometallurgical technologies involving processes such as: leaching, solvent extraction, precipitation, electrowinning, etc. Designed processes are scaled up and optimized. To scale up solvent extraction processes, mixer-settlers of different size and pulse columns are used. I also deal with the decontamination of the by-products from heavy metals and other harmful components. A spent batteries recycling has been my main field for more than seven years. Currently I work with the recovery of rare earth elements and refractory metals from secondary sources.


Dr. Mauro Comoglio (M); graduated in mechanical engineering at Politecnico of Torino, today he’s project manager in DIAD Group, high tech company member of the Board of Advanced Manufacturing Research Center with Boeing. DIAD Group is specialised in the design, the development, the testing and the application of advanced components for the automotive, aerospace, motorsport and energy sectors, using the most advanced engineering tools and innovative materials (like high performance composites, exotic materials, hyperfunctionalized surfaces, nanostructured based massive and coating materials).

Mauro Comoglio grown his experience at the Fiat Research Centre, leading the High Efficient Manufacturing Team at the Materials and Processes research department. Senior specialist in manufacturing of difficult to cut materials and processes sustainability, he collaborated as external consultant at the AMRC with Boeing, the most important research centre on the advanced manufacturing materials, sponsored among others by Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE, Airbus, Safrane, McLaren, Sandvik, DGM Mori.

Chair of the working group Industrialisation and Nanomanufacturing of the ETIP NANOFutures, he’s involved in European R&D projects since 1998 and he has been responsible of Life Cycle Assessment activities at the French company TEKS SARL.

Mauro Comoglio main skills are: innovative manufacturing and processes energy efficiency, integrated approach for tooling optimisation (materials, coatings, parameters), additive manufacturing and micro-sintering, advanced materials for automotive, aerospace and motorsport, LCA and LCC methodologies, energy efficiency and circular economy, automotive testing in extreme conditions.

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