Karen Hanghøj

Karen Hanghøj

Karen Hanghøj

CEO at EIT RawMaterials

Karen Hanghøj is the CEO at EIT RawMaterials, a partner organization dedicated to strengthening Europe’s raw materials sector responsibly and sustainably. Karen holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen, and has worked extensively with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits. She has spent more than ten years working in the US as a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and as a Research Scientist at Columbia University and has furthermore worked as a consultant to the minerals exploration industry for more than 20 years. Before joining EIT Karen was head of Department of Petrology and Economic Geology at the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and involved in several EU- funded mineral raw materials projects and networks.

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Abstract Title: Raw Materials – fundamental for advanced materials and technologies

Abstract: Nanotechnology, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing technologies are key enabling technologies that drive innovation in many sectors in Europe. A sustainable production and supply of raw materials in Europe needs to be secured to ensure that these technologies develop their full potential and find their way to the market through European companies.
EIT RawMaterials is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) that aims at turning raw materials into a major strength for Europe. This is done by boosting competiveness, growth, and attractiveness of the raw materials sector via radical innovation and entrepreneurship. The community consists of more than 120 partners from across Europe, representing the so-called Knowledge Triangle of industry, universities, and research institutes. Current issues and challenges related to raw material supply bottlenecks and the use of critical and toxic materials have significant innovation and business potential across the entire value chain, from mineral exploration, over mining, processing, substitution, and recycling to the transition towards a circular economy (e.g., industrial symbiosis, design). The presentation introduces EIT RawMaterials, our spirit of raw materials innovation, and examples of projects in the fields of up-scaling, education, and start-up support related to advanced battery materials, dismantling, and resource criticality assessment.

SPEAKER OF SESSION 5: ADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR A BIO-BASED AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY