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My PhD in the microwave

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

One of the main features of the current consumer society, is materials production for mass consumption. This results in the generation of huge amounts of (municipal solid) waste (MSW). The social, environmental and health risks

Fifty Shades of Recovered Metal

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Cementation is defined as the precipitation of a noble metal when it comes into contact with a less noble one. Since Roman times, this process has been applied in many metallurgical industries for contact plating,

All roads lead to… a landfill

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

At present, almost all that we consume goes in a direct or indirect way to a landfill, and from there, our waste starts to degrade itself producing greenhouse gasses and leaching a lot of toxic compounds

Coping with negative feedback

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

“You said you worked hard? Well, maybe you need to work a little harder. Is that really the limit of your strength? Could the you of tomorrow beat you today? Instead of giving in, move

Doctoral School on Cement Chemistry in Lausanne

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

A photo of the participants during one of the sessions of the doctoral school at EPFL Representing Kerneos Research and Technology Centre (Imerys Aluminates) and the SOCRATES project, I participated in April 2018

Upcycling of residues from the plasma gasification of waste

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Europe contains between 150,000 to 500,000 landfill sites, from which 90% could be “non-sanitary”. Remediation actions will soon need to take place in order to prevent any environmental and health problem that these non-sanitary landfills

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Get to know about Gwen, ESR15 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

June 19th, 2018|0 Comments

  Who are you? Gwen (ESR 15) How would you define yourself? Intellectually curious 🙂 So, what do you exactly do within the DEMETER project? I collaborated with the researchers and the consortium partners to collect

Get to know about Martina, ESR3 MSCA-ETN DEMETER

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Who are you? I’m Martina, 29 years old from Italy. Funny to observe, I am one of the only 2 European ESRs of this MSCA-ETN-DEMETER. How would you define yourself? In a word: a dreamer.

It is time to celebrate Women in Science!

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Author. COSMIC. 11 February! Today we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, declared by the UN (resolution A/RES/70/212), as a way to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in science.

Why use a Microreactor for Chemical Processes?

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Author: Claire Delacour (KU Leuven). The Microfluidic domain has known important developments over the last two decades. In 1990, less than 10 patents were published whereas in 2004 more than 350 patents were published in the US.

Recycling potential of End-of-Life Vehicles in UK

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Author: Fernando Coelho (Univ. of Birmingham). In 2015 there were 300 million vehicles on EU roads. New Ultra-Low emission vehicles (ULEVs) are rapidly introduced into the market, representing a huge potential for secondary REEs.

Story-telling importance to communicate science

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Author: Gwen Bailey (KU Leuven). As an environmentalist from Texas, a Republican and climate-change-denying state, I know better than anyone the challenge of communicating environmental science to a non-scientific community

A day in the life of a JRC scientist

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Communicating science can be done in many ways: presenting research results or a poster at a conference, talking with your friends and family, or even blogging about science. Through short videos, as well, it is

Green Chemistry: a challenge for the future

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Author: Chiara Bonomi Many times we have heard the term Green Chemistry, but probably we have never stopped and thought about its real meaning. We always tend to associate to the word green to something that is clean, environmental-friendly,

Inspiration of all time – Marie Skłodowska-Curie

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” According to the analysis of senior university staff in Europe, men are three times more likely than women to reach senior levels. However, the

Brief history of Electrochemistry

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Edison and Tesla, I bet you all have heard of these brilliant scientists and inventors, famous for their contributions to the field of electrochemistry. This article is not an attribution to them, but to all

How can an industrial experience boost your PhD?

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

For most PhD applications, a relevant industrial experience is considered a plus in the CV. However, the career shift from the industry back to the academia often comes with transitional challenges. This leads PhD-newbies, like

Environmental impact assessment of Plasmastone

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

I am ESR12 and I am doing my PhD at University of Padova (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Bernardo. The focus of my PhD is to develop glass-ceramics (i.e. materials from controlled crystallization of glasses)

The action begins: Digging for waste

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

After some months of hard work, planning and coordinating all necessary activities, the work package 1 (WP1) began with the first field landfill mining activities at a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill located in Mont-Saint-Guibert,