Advanced materials lead both to new reduced cost substitutes to existing materials and to new higher added-value products and services. Advanced Materials offer major improvements in a wide variety of different fields, e.g. in aerospace, transport, building and health care. They facilitate recycling, lowering the carbon footprint and energy demand as well as limiting the need for raw materials that are scarce in Europe.
The development of lightweight materials plays an important role in Europe as one of the global industry leaders. Innovative lightweight solutions can further decrease the weight of existing systems in those industries, where lightweight materials have mostly been used until now (i.e.
Next to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical staff and patients are still addressing diseases such as cancer. Breakthroughs in cancer treatment have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of our society, irrespective of Covid-19.
Since the global demand for high-energy and high-power energy storage devices increased, lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries have emerged as the dominating energy storage solution for portable electronics and electric vehicles.
In the course of its Horizon 2020 initiative and aiming at strengthening Europe’s global competitiveness, the European Commission emphasizes and supports the development of innovation endeavours in the field of advanced materials.