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The Lithium Element - Enabler of the Energy Transition


The aim of the webinar is to answer some key questions such as: Are there enough lithium resources on the Earth? Will the rush to lithium generate new geopolitical tensions? Are there viable alternatives to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs)? To what extent can we push battery recycling? What is the appropriate color of Lithium in the EuChemS Periodic Table?


The webinar will take place online on Wednesday 1 December, from 10:00 to 16:30 CET // morning session: 10:00 - 12:00 CET – afternoon session: 13:30-16:30 CET.


The webinar is chaired by Nicola Armaroli (EuChemS Executive Board member, CNR) and hosted by Floris Rutjes (EuChemS President, Radbout University).

Speakers from the international Chemistry community and the EU institutions will address scientific and policy-related topics on the Lithium element.



Programme outline

Morning session

Welcome Floris Rutjes, EuChemS President

Energy transition and circular economy – the new EU Sustainable Batteries Regulation MEP Simona Bonafè

Developments of the EuChemS periodic table David Cole-Hamilton, University of St. Andrews

Lithium: reserves, resources and geopolitical issues Fernando Rocha, University of Aveiro

Lithium-ion batteries in the automotive sector Kristina Edström, University of Uppsala

Lithium batteries and the stationary applications Luigi Lanuzza, Enel X

Panel discussion led by Katharine Sanderson, Science Journalist and Editor


Afternoon session

Alternatives to Lithium-ion batteries: Progress in sodium-ion batteries Philipp Adelhelm, Humboldt-University of Berlin

Recycling Lithium-ion batteries Paul Anderson, University of Birmingham

Glass – the Handheld Lithium John C. Cochran, Corning Inc., Lexington, KY, USA

How can the EU ensure a secure and sustainable supply of raw materials for the energy transition? Daniel Cios, European Commission – DG Growth

Panel discussion led by Nicola Armaroli, CNR/EuChemS (Chair)

Closing Floris Rutjes, EuChemS President

Datum (Start der Veranstaltung)