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 […]

Both U.S. and Japanese news services have picked up the announcement that Hitachi has developed a high-efficiency 11 kW (About 14.75 hpe) permanent magnet synchronous motor without using the rare earths neodymium and dysprosium. The announcement has the new 11 kW motor’s efficiency rated at about 93% and running at the highest of the International […]

Spooked by the Chinese embargo of rare earth elements the rare earth mining industry is busily looking and investing in rare earth mineral extraction.  Several prospects look practical.  Meanwhile Japan’s Yasuhiro Kato, associate processor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering is leading a research group that’s found widely distributed high-quality rare earth-rich […]

Professor Thomas Schreflat is leading a team St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria showing that rare earth permanent magnets may contain local deformations in the crystal lattice of the material, resulting in a weakening of the magnetic force of the material in those areas.  Finding ways to minimize or eliminate the deformations would […]

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