*Closed* (Leuven, 27-5-2015) On the 12th of May 2015 the European Commission approved the new EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network Project DEMETER (European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles, Project 674973). DEMETER is a consortium coordinated by KU Leuven, which consists of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, UK, Faroe Islands, France, Slovenia and Italy. This project is set to formally start on the 1st of September 2015. DEMETER now offers 15 open PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”). Applicants need to use the on-line application tool: http://etn-demeter.eu/. The MSCA programme offers a highly competitive salary. Benefits include mobility allowance, career development allowance and a travel allowance. All details about the project, the 15 positions, the recruitment procedure, the eligibility criteria and financial terms are provided on this page as well. The deadline for applications is 30 July 2015.
Public Abstract DEMETER: Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles ((H)EVs) are essential for the transition towards sustainable e-mobility. The permanent magnets in motors/generators of (H)EVs are either NdFeB or SmCo magnets, which contain large quantities of rare earths, which are critical metals with the highest supply risk for Europe. As highlighted by the European Rare Earths Competency Network, recycling of rare-earth magnets from (H)EVs should receive top priority. Reclaiming of rare-earth magnet motors/generators used in (H)EVs is a major challenge because the magnets are difficult to remove from the assemblies. The conventional hydrometallurgical routes for the recovery of rare earths from End-of-Life permanent magnets have a high environmental impact due to inefficient use of chemicals, whereas the conventional pyrometallurgical routes for the production of magnet master alloys are energy-inefficient. DEMETER, the European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles, concurrently develops (1) innovative, environmentally-friendly direct and indirect recycling strategies for the permanent magnets in the motors and generators of (H)EVs that are currently already on the market and (2) Design-for-Reuse solutions for motors and generators in the (H)EVs of the future. An intersectoral and interdisciplinary consortium of leading EU universities, research institutes and manufacturers from the automotive and magnet sector trains 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The research challenges include the development of hydrogen-based grain-refinement technologies to produce nanograin magnets directly from scrap magnets, the recovery of rare earths from SmCo and NdFeB magnets of motors/generators by ionometallurgical methods, and the design of motors/generators with reusable magnets, where the designs are based on 2D and 3D flux paths as well as non-traditional materials.
Beneficiaries: KU Leuven, Jozef Stefan Institute, University of Birmingham, University of the Faroe Islands, Grenoble INP, Magneti Ljubljana, Valeo Electrical Systems; Partner Organisations: Less Common Metals, Granta Design, ENSICAEN, CRF (Centro Ricerche FIAT); Keywords: Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Vehicle Recycling, Critical Raw Materials, Rare-Earth elements, Rare-Earths, Metals and Alloys, Automotive Engineering, LCA, Permanent Magnets; Ionic Liquids
(Message date: 27-5-2015)