Rare earth metals

Samsung Electronics has declared its upcoming Galaxy Note FE device is designed to minimises waste of resources – especially rare earth metals – by incorporating parts from unopened...
US researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts are targeting the holy trinity of rare earths - neodymium, dysprosium, and praseodymium - with a brand new extraction method. A ‘...
A total of 180 000 cars reach their end-of-life stage in Sweden every year, delegates learned. 'This compares to roughly 10 million end-of-life vehicles scrapped annually all throughout Europe,' said...
Precise figures for the volumes of different rare earth elements used in each of their various applications are not available off the shelf. For example, four of the perceived major end uses for...
The innovative technology, invented by CMI partners Oak Ridge and Idaho National Laboratory, uses a combination of hollow fibre membranes, organic solvents and neutral extractants to 'selectively...
The novel process relies on a special nitroxide ligand that is added to the salts of the metals, explains project leader Dr Eric J. Schelter. This ligand is an organic molecule that grasps an...
He had a number of ideas about what is going wrong and about what the Dutch government can do to turn this negative into a positive. 'People have jumped on the recycling bandwagon,' noted Worrell, a...
Compared to traditional solvents, the ionic liquid approach offers a number of advantages, including selectivity for metal dissolution and reusability. Rare earth elements are indispensable for many...
Under the terms of the deal, Ucore will pay a US$ 2.9 million one-time licensing fee to IBC. ′The payment is subject to the delivery by IBC of a fully operational rare earth SuperLig pilot...
The Texas company has already received a permit to reopen historic tunnels and start mining rare earths at its ′Last Chance Vein′ project in the Lemhi Pass region of Idaho and Montana....
New rules appearing in the Chinese ministry of commerce’s trade guidelines for 2015 dictate that rare earths will need an export licence, but there is no quota on the amount that can be sold...
According to the University of Tokyo, results to date have showed that salmon milt has a sufficiently high affinity to adsorb REEs; indeed, its adsorption capacity is 1.04 mEq/g, which is comparable...
Kachan, ceo of 'clean tech' analysis and advisory firm Kachan & Co, defines the sector - synonymous to many people with 'green tech' - as new technology or related business models designed to...
'Each project addresses a key issue such as reusing discarded automobile tyres, recovering key elements from batteries, producing green fertiliser from animal waste, and generating renewable clean...
The researchers based their project on the fact that a nanomaterial known as nano-magnesium hydroxide is capable of removing a proportion of metals and dyes from wastewater. The team successfully...
It has been estimated that illegal rare earth ore production in China - the world's top producer - grew to 40 000 tons in 2012, with government officials seizing 14 illegal shipments between 2011 and...
They argue that Chinese president Hu Jintao's recent three-day visit to Denmark was inspired by a desire to forge closer links with the country. Greenland - a self-governing dependency of Denmark -...
Just last year, China's rare-earth exports plummeted 71% amid 'a raft of international trade suits', concerted global attempts to develop alternative rare-earth sources and a worldwide demand lull....
'The process involves the liquid-liquid extraction of rare-earth metals from the other elements present in neodymium-iron-boron and samarium-cobalt magnets,' explains Koen Binnemans who leads the...
Rare earth metals such as lutetium and terbium are helping to shape modern-day industry, Professor Ma stated at the recent Electronics Recycling Asia conference, citing their strong influence in the...
‘The goal is to make new magnet alloys from recycled rare earths,’ states project leader Ryan Ott. ‘And we want those new alloys to be similar to alloys made from unprocessed rare earth materials.’...
According to the Belgium-based group, it has developed a process for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, batteries and magnets which, it states,...
‘A recycling rate of zero for specialty metals is alarming when we consider that their use is growing quickly,’ explains research scientist Barbara Reck from the Yale School of Forestry &...
Chen Zhanheng, Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of China Rare Earth Industry, explains: ‘Reducing mining rights helps streamline rare earth development.’ He has also said that ‘illegal...
The focus of the event was the recently-published proposal entitled ‘European Innovation Partnership on raw materials’ which aims to establish the mid- and long-term security of sustainable supply of...
Joining forces with Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., the major car manufacturer has developed a new process to recover these metals from the nickel-metal of their hybrid vehicles at a claimed...
Among other topics, the programme is expected to cover: best available recycling technologies; metal and scrap trading; rare earth recovery; strategic metals; closing the recycling loop; and...
Speaking on this issue at a Rose Garden press conference on March 13, US President Barack Obama explained: ‘If China would simply let the market work on its own, we would have no objections. But...
More efficient recycling would reduce demand for the rare earth minerals and precious metals that Japan is currently forced to import. The government hopes a more secure supply chain will boost...
After a prolonged period of rising values, experts believe a peak will be reached in 2013, after which they expect improving technologies to result in falling prices. Volumes entering the market...

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