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So, you decided to do a PhD…

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your decision! Despite knowing that it may be a painful journey, you accepted the challenge to get this ‘Dr.’ in front of your name. You start enthusiast and motivated, knowing that you are going to work on your field of interest nurturing your little baby, the thesis. Exciting! But seriously, have you ever asked a ...

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Brief history of Electrochemistry

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 scientists who played a role in the development of electrochemistry as we know it. I would like to start way back in time, when in ...

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How dirty are you?

Green chemistry can be considered in general terms as the ‘domestic economy’ of chemistry. We, desperate housewifes of the lab, care at not to elicit too much disorder into our lab to get things done. This can be done in various ways as reducing usage of chemicals to the bare necessity and picking the less harmful path, to both environment and ...

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About Exergy, Fruits and Coffee

As a person grown up in a little village of Spain, I used to go to the orchard with my family to harvest our fresh fruit and vegetables. Home-grown tomatoes, apples, watermelons, potatoes… I think that summer is my favourite season just because of that! However, our neighbour used to get more cherries and peaches than us, and it left ...

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How to pitch a business idea in 3 minutes

While some of our SOCRATES fellows were attending the ERES 2017 conference in Santorini, I had an enjoyable time in Tallinn, at the Summer Camp on Circular Economy Entrepreneurship in System-Integrated Metal Processing (CEE SIMP 2017). This event was organized by Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University as a part of doctoral courses and it was supported by EIT ...

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Advanced characterization and integrated assessment of WP4

WP4 is an integrative WP, which interacts closely with WP1–3 and provides a truly interdisciplinary, systems approach. There are 2 ESRs in WP4, ESR14 and ESR15. Two main elements are targeted: advanced characterization and integrated assessment. ESR14 will perform advanced characterization of the industrial-process residues to find out which mineral phases the metals occur, how these phases are distributed throughout ...

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The man behind the name

So far you should have a brief idea about the SOCRATES project, but what about the man behind the name that honors our project? Allow me to take you to another era… when one of the greatest philosophers of all time wandered along the streets of Athens, in the 5th century B.C.; Allow me to introduce you to Socrates! Socrates ...

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Gamechangers: ESRs of WP3 works on residual matrix valorization

Hello all, We are the researchers of Work Package 3 (WP3) of the SOCRATES project working on ‘Residual matrix valorization’. In today’s business-as-usual setting, a low-grade, solid or slurry, industrial-process residue remains after the recovery of the valuable metals. This solid residue is normally stored in tailing ponds, landfilled or, at best, the coarse fractions are used as an additive ...

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European Rare Earth Resource (ERES 2017) conference in Santorini

Author: Thupten Palden Recently I had the privilege to attend the ERES 2017 conference on European Rare Earth Resources in Santorini, Greece from the 28th to 31st of May 2017. The conference was about Rare Earth Elements (REE), which consists of the fifteen lanthanides, scandium and yttrium. About 250 people attended the conference. The attendees were policy makers from European commission, professors from ...

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Understanding computational chemistry via football

Author:Roberto Macchieraldo Dear readers, As promised, here I am, keeping you up to date on my work, my life, let’s say myself. In this post, I would like to get you more acquainted to what computational research work is. Don´t worry! I won’t bore you: computational chemistry is fascinating and easy to understand! I am a computational chemist and I ...

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