Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials

The project has the challenging aim (i) to research, develop and introduce courses aimed at PhDs, MSc’s, professionals and executives on complex and department overarching topics for the first time, and (ii) to make these courses adaptable to a variety of different formats by providing a modular structure. These courses will develop new skills which will help participants to easier understand the impact and role of critical raw materials in a whole value chain view and by this have an added value for the companies by which they are or will be working.

The overarching concept of discussing environmental and social aspects will prepare students to gain a broad view and face future challenges in Europe and globally. An emphasis on different tools, approaches and data foundations will teach participants individual and informed research methods in this complex area, and will thus foster competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship. The application of such courses by other institutions will help to disseminate a new approach of hybrid teaching/learning to other members of KIC Raw Materials and outside this community.

Stakeholder in the supply chain. The research in the EU KIC EIT Raw Materials project, SusCritMat, is aimed at developing knowledge on the topic of sustainable critical raw materials. The focus is the role and impact of critical raw materials, as defined by the EU, across the whole supply chain, allowing stakeholders to identify and mitigate risks. The TUD-BK activity is on components in the circular built environment.


Programme:KIC EIT Raw Materials
Overall budget:€ 1.113.314
Grant amount:€ 1.113.314
Contribution to TU Delft: â‚¬ 155.975
Grant number: 16248
Role TU Delft: Project partner
Project duration:January 2017 - April 2020
TU Delft researchers:                Dr. David Peck
Ir. Layla van Ellen
Ir. Tanya Tsui

Project partners

Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Granta Design Limited, Leiden University, Outotec, Universität Augsburg, Université de Bordeaux


Dr. David Peck