Material and digital traceability for the certification of critical raw materials

01 January 2023 → 31 December 2025
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Analytical separation and detection techniques
    • Instrumental methods
multi-element fingerprinting neodymium rare earth elements - REE magnet ICP-mass spectrometry traceability high-precision isotopic analysis multi-collector ICP-mass spectrometry critical raw materials
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Project description

MaDiTraCe’s main goal is to enlarge and integrate the portfolio of technological solutions reinforcing the reliability of critical raw material (CRM) tracking and the transparency of complex supply chains. The project aims to develop and test independent digital and geo-based approaches for CRM traceability and to integrate them with a generic certification scheme for CRMs throughout mineral supply chains from the mine to the manufactured and recycled products. The project intends to increase the TRL of experimental or largely untested methods in both domains, digital and material sciences. A special attention will be payed to the complexity of mineral supply chains with points of material aggregation and of transformation (processing, refining…) including circular economy (recycling). This methodology will enable downstream industrials to prove the reliability of their sustainability claims, complying with regulation in force (notably EU Battery regulation, German Supply Chain Act) and anticipating implementation of regulation to come (EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence).

The specific role of the UGent-A&MS team in this context is the evaluation of the capabilities and limitations of multi-element fingerprinting using ICP-mass spectrometry and high-precision isotopic analysis of neodymium using multi-collector ICP-mass specrometry in the context of REE & permanent magnets.

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