The FWF stand-alone project "TecEUS - Technology-critical Elements in Urban Spheres" under the PI Johanna Irrgeher started with 01.04.2020 in his three-year project duration. The project team, made up of partners from the Montanuniversität Leoben, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, met for a virtual kick-off meeting. The team was happy about the official start of the project, albeit differently than expected.
The project TecEUS aims to assess the release, exposure and accumulation of selected technology critical Elements (TCE) (Ga, Ge, In, Tl, Y, Nb, Ta, Te; platinum group elements (PGE) and rare earth elements (REE) along with technology-metals (Li, Be) in an urban environment. This is accomplished by applying advanced analytical techniques based on inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in combination with models for material flow analysis.