European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Spring Meeting 2016


The European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) was established in 1983 through the initiative of individual European Materials scientists. A number of European materials scientists who attended the MRS meetings in the U.S.A. realised that such a society could be of benefit to Europe to enhance the links between materials science and industry and to provide a voice for the materials community. Most of the problems facing the world such as energy supply and health will be solved only by breakthroughs in materials science. It is vital that the outcomes of research are utilised through technological experience and innovation for the benefit of mankind.

The 2016 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held in Lille (France) from May 2 to 6.

The conference will include 31 parallel symposia, 3 workshops & tutorials, one plenary session, one exhibition and much more. All technical sessions and non-technical events will be held at Lille Grand Palais.

Symposium E – Substitution of critical raw materials: synthesis, characterization and processing of new advanced materials in optoelectronic and magnetic devices

The Symposium aims to attract at the EMRS meeting experienced researcher as well as industries in the field of the substitution of critical raw materials in electronic and magnetic devices to increase the synergies in this community and help in the development of new efficient devices free from Critical Raw Materials.


Raw materials are fundamental in most technological applications, however some of them are being recently defined by the EU commission as “critical” due to the high risk of supply shortage expected in the next 10 years and for their importance in the European Industry.

The theme of Critical Raw Materials is fundamental to Europe’s economy, and their substitution or reduction is essential for maintaining and improving the quality of life and technologies.

Different devices utilize nowadays compounds with CRMs as key elements, from lighting devices, (LED, OLED, CFL: Rare earths, like Ce, Y, Eu and Tb, In  as CRMs), to optoelectronics, such as transparent conductive layers (In as CRM), permanent magnetic materials (in SmCo, NdFeB), catalytic converters, electrode catalysts in fuel cells (Pt group metals (PGM) and Rh-based catalysts) and rechargeable batteries (rare earths, graphite, Co, Li and Ni as CRMs). Research is needed to improve the fundamental understanding of the development of new material solutions with a reduced or completely eliminated critical content, while maintaining or enhancing the performance of the materials, components and products.

The design of the alternatives compounds, the control of growth process coupled with accurate characterization are mandatory for further development of new CRM free devices.

The symposium, organized by members of EIP RESET commitment, will provide an interdisciplinary platform to discuss about the alternatives to these materials from modelling, to the synthesis and processing up to their integration in the actual optoelectronic devices and hard magnets.

Bringing together researchers from academia and industry we would increase the interactions among scientists, engineers, students working on different aspects in this field that too often are treated separately. Experimental research and computational modelling will provide complementary views and a unique opportunity in this challenge for a sustainable technological growth.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium

Materials Science, Design, Synthesis, Growth, Characterization of Advanced Materials with reduced or free from Critical Raw Materials for :

  • Transparent conductive layers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Phosphors for LED applications, Scintillators, Displays
  • OLEDs
  • Catalysis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Smart windows
  • Exchange-coupled nanocomposite magnets with less or no REEs
  • New RE-free highly anisotropic magnetic materials
  • New and energy efficient motors and generator technologies which do not depend on permanent magnets

List of invited speakers (confirmed):

  • Josep Nogués, ICN2 and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • João Rocha, University Aveiro, Portugal
  • Jolien Dendooven,  University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Esko I. Kauppinen,  Aalto University School of Science, Finland
  • Dominique Givord, Institut Néel, CNRS/UJF, Grenoble, France
  • Anna Vedda,  Università degli Studi di Milano BICOCCA, Italy
  • Ion Tiginyainu Academy of Sciences of Moldova , Moldova

The list will be further adjusted and integrated by invited talks selected from outstanding submitted oral contributions, preferentially chosen among younger Researchers.

Scientific committee members (confirmed):

  • E. Bouyer (France)
  • C. M. Carbonaro (Italy)
  • D. Chiriu (Italy)
  • R. Cipollone (Italy)
  • J. M. Colino (Spain)
  • S. Cuesta (Spain)
  • M. Hillenkamp (France)
  • Y. Huttel (Spain)
  • N. Laidani (Italy)
  • R. Mathieu (Sweden)
  • P. Nordblad (Sweden)
  • P. Normile (Spain)
  • D. Peddis (Italy)
  • A. Rizzi (Germany)
  • M.L. Ruello (Italy)
  • G. Singh (Norway)
  • A. Tchelnokov (France)
  • J. Van Duijn (Spain)