Trento (Italy), 21 October 2019

IFN-CNR Trento group, part of the RECOLA team, has organized an event Day of Photonics (Giornata della Fotonica) on October 21st, 2019, in Trento. The event was open for the public, and results exceeded our expectations. Among the participants, we could see a numerous group of High School students, teachers from schools in Trento and Rovereto, and citizens of Trento.

During the day, invited lecturers focused on Photonics from different points of view, starting from the philosophy and ontology, through the materials, such as glasses to applications: laser processing of materials, horticulture, and biosensors in medicine. There was also a place for young photonics generation when the winners of the competition between schools could present their projects. The participants also could see the experiment of photonic scarecrows prepared by the Ph.D. student from IFN-CNR with the high school students during their internship.

October 21st is the Day of Photonics. It is an annual event that promotes “photonics” towards the general public. Companies, research organizations, and organizations involved in photonics reach out to their communities to raise awareness about what is photonics and why it is important, and promote the role of their organization in the photonics ecosystem and value chain. della Fotonica 2019 (1).jpg?attredirects=0 della Fotonica 2019 (2).jpg?attredirects=0 della Fotonica 2019 (2).jpg?attredirects=0

XXII Dolnośląski Festiwal Nauki 2019

Wroclaw (Poland), 24 September 2019

“Attractive” effects of luminous recovered elements ("Przyciągające" efekty świecących pierwiastków z odzysku) – this was a title of a lecture with experimental show prepared by Katarzyna L., Katarzyna H.G., and Mikolaj and presented at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research during the XXII Lower Silesian Science Festival in Wroclaw (Dolnoslaski Festiwal Nauki, DFN) on September 24th.

DFN is a popular science event organized every September by researchers for general public to interest them in science, research, nature, and the world around us. The presenters talked about optical and magnetic properties of lanthanide ions, informed about importance of metals recycling, and showed magnetic and luminous materials including those obtained as results of EU projects: RECOLA and TransFerr.

Trento (Italy), July 2019

Sharing knowledge is important! We could share the knowledge about the use of rare-earth ions and the importance of their recovery with the high school students during their summer internships with FBK junior program. During their internship, students were working on the experiment photonic scarecrows under the supervision of Ph.D. student and researcher from the IFN-CNR group.

Rome (Italy), 17-20 June 2019

During PIERS 2019 - PhotonIcs & Electromagnetics Research Symposium - in Rome (Italy) on 17-20 June, a common poster on REs recycling was presented:

"Usefulness of new lanthanide source from e-waste to fabricate active photonic structures".

Wroclaw (Poland), 27 May 2019

Back at school! This time School Team No. 9 and pupils from 6th class. The board at the entrance welcomes us with information about Ecological Actions conducted at school, including campaign "Moje miasto bez elektrośmieci" - "My city without e-waste" :)

As usual, recycling topic was present in our presentations but it was enriched with "nanomaterials" definition and the history of light sources. Luminous passport, paper money, and candies aroused the biggest interest. Many thanks to the teacher, Małgorzata, for the invitation!

(Photos by Dawid B., Anna L. and Agnieszka H.)

Trento (Italy), 16 May 2019

IFN-CNR Trento group, part of the RECOLA team, has organized an event – International Day of Light (Giornata Internazionale della Luce) on May 16, 2019, in Trento. The event was open for the public. Among the participants, researchers from IFN-CNR, teachers and citizens of Trento, we could host Anna Lukowiak, the coordinator of RECOLA project.

During the day, invited lecturers focused on the importance of light from different points of view, starting from the philosophy, through the materials, to applications: horticulture and biosensors in medicine.

The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace. 16 May 2019 (1).jpg?attredirects=0 16 May 2019 (2).jpg?attredirects=0

Wroclaw (Poland), May 2019

After RECOLA visit at Kindergarten No. 130 and Primary School No. 15 in Wroclaw, the teachers - Dominika and Anna - organized an art contest. Obviously, both were ecological competitions where prizes and gifts were sponsored by our project. Almost 60 artistic works were prepared and it was difficult to choose the winners. We congratulate to all!

(Photos by Dominika R., Anna M. and Anna L.)

Wroclaw (Poland), 25 January 2019

This time (January 25th), RECOLA young team (Agnieszka and Robert) visited children from the first-class of the primary school No. 15 in Wroclaw. We were discussing the Recycling topics: selective waste collection, e-waste, why waste segregation is so important, what can be recovered from e-wastes, and where recovered materials can be used again. Children took very active part during the lesson asking a lot of questions. Their knowledge in this subject was very big, which pleased us very greatly. (Poland) 25 January 2019 (1).JPG?attredirects=0 (Poland) 25 January 2019 (2).JPG?attredirects=0 (Poland) 25 January 2019 (3).JPG?attredirects=0

Wroclaw (Poland), 15-19 October 2018

On 15–19 October 2018, Maurizio Ferrari, the leader of IFN–CNR-CSMFO Research Laboratory in Trento, Italy, was invited to Wroclaw (Poland) to give the lectures at the universities and research institutes. The visit was organized within the Visiting Professor Program financed by the Municipal Office of Wroclaw with Scientiae Wratislavienses funds and was co-funded with RECOLA project. In the lectures and discussions, the topic of recycling technologies was included.

On October 16th, the team members from IFN–CNR and ILTSR PAS, were invited by the Marshal’s Office of Lower Silesia to attend the CircE (European regions toward Circular Economy, Project within Interreg Europe 2014-2020 Program) Partner meeting "Sharing policy approach" in Wroclaw. We have joint the Stakeholders group and presented RECOLA activities hoping to collaborate with CircE in the field of Circular Economy.

Wroclaw (Poland), 19 October 2018

RECOLA team got new experience working with very young “students” from the kindergarten No. 130 in Wroclaw. Together, we were discussing the topic of Recycling: How to make a new lamp from e-waste. We tried to explain what are light, light sources, colours or energy and why it is important to collect wastes properly. We were glad to see that kids know very well how to disseminate and collect wastes including lamps and e-wastes.

Maresias-SP (Brasil), 26-31 August 2018

In August, RECOLA was presented in Maresias-SP (Brasil) during ICOOPMA2018 - 8th International Conference on Optical Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications [].


Sidney J.L. Ribeiro, Ariane T. Mitsuhara, Thais C.A. da Silva, Ysabela M. Thomeu, Diego Boldo, Rogéria R. Gonçalves, Osvaldo A. Serra, Sara A. Bilmes, Juan Rodriguez, Maurizio Ferrari, Anna L. Lukowiak


Wroclaw (Poland), 16-18 May 2018

In May, RECOLA was presented in Wroclaw (Poland) during REMat2018 - 5th International Conference on Rare Earth Materials [] - an international meeting that showcased the latest research and advances in both academic and commercial aspects of rare earths. RECOLA patronized a special session on Refining, recycling and resources of rare-earths.

Two project investigators - Anna Lukowiak and Osvaldo Serra - presented talks entitled Urban mining: A new lanthanides source from e-waste and Rare earths recovery from exhausted FCC.

Rome (Italy), November 30 - December 2, 2017

RECOLA was present at the International Workshops PRE'17 (Session B2: Materials and Fabrication) with the oral communication:

"Recovery of lanthanides from e-waste"

R. Tomala, A. Hojenska, W. Strek, S. Aldabe Bilmes, S.J.L. Ribeiro, J. Rodriguez, L. Zur, M. Ferrari, Anna Lukowiak (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, PAS, Wroclaw, Poland)

Trento (Italy), MUSE - Museum of Science, 29 September 2017

The aim of the initiative, organized in collaboration with the Provincia Autonoma di Trento and with the endorsement of the Comune di Trento, was to offer to the citizens and the whole community of the area, the opportunity to interact with researchers in an informal environment feeling their passion, their motivation and getting to know their working methodologies and obtained results.

Planned initiatives included: scientific corners, research meetings and dinners with researchers.

The special guest of this year was the Nobel Physics Prize winner Wolfgang Ketterle, who engaged the audiences with curious experiments telling his research on cold atoms with temperatures close to absolute zero.

CNR-IFN was also present with an information stand, which presented it's research project co-funded by the European ERANet-LAC 2nd Joint Call on Research and Innovation.

RECOLA - Recovery of lanthanides and other metals from WEEE

Photo Gallery, RECOLA - Notte dei Ricercatori

29 September 2017

Trento (Italy), piazza Fiera, 12-13-14 May 2017

At 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, the annual Europe Day is giving a new look. From 12 to 14 May, in Piazza Fiera, "Siamo Europa" will take place, three days dedicated to the European Union: meetings, shows, books, project presentations ... and much more.

CNR-IFN will also be present with an information stand, which will present it's research project co-funded by the European ERANet-LAC 2nd Joint Call on Research and Innovation.

RECOLA - Recovery of lanthanides and other metals from WEEE

Photo Gallery, RECOLA - Siamo Europa

12-13-14 May 2017