Northwestern University researchers have discovered with a series of theoretical simulations, that surface polarization in mixed media increases attraction among rare earth elements. Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren’t that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super conductors, and computer […]

Researchers have developed aluminum-cerium alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.  Aluminum-cerium alloys also promise to boost domestic rare earth mining by increasing the demand and, eventually, the value of cerium.  The large team involves research scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) […]

The European Union has begun to gather concern about the availability of rare earth elements.  The rare earth elements are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and efficient automobiles. The demand for metals such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) is increasing much faster than production. These metals are used in […]

Scientists are reporting development of a new method to recycle rare earth elements from wastewater.  Many of today’s technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, rely on rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply. The process is described in a study in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.  The new process […]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.  The initial results show the recycled material maintains the properties that made rare-earth magnets useful in the first use. The potential is important because rare earth prices […]

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