July 27th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
The Rare Earth Extraction Facility, recently opened at West Virginia University, is developing a process to extract rare earth materials from acid mine drainage. The new facility could help lessen U.S. dependence on REE imports as well as boost the West Virginia economy.
April 13th, 2018 | by April Gocha
Scientists reportedly discovered a massive deposit of rare-earth elements off the coast of Japan in 2013—and now, they report that not only is the deposit sufficiently massive in terms of its estimated rare-earth resource supply, but that recovery of said minerals is rather feasible.
January 12th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
President Trump recently signed an executive order to explore new sources of 23 critical minerals in the U.S. The directive could spur domestic production of critical minerals, including rare-earth elements, and lessen U.S. dependence on imported minerals.
December 8th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, academia, and business has resulted in the discovery of high concentrations of rare-earth elements in several U.S. coal basins. The success of this discovery could eventually reduce the U.S.'s dependence on imported rare earths.
October 31st, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A collaboration between Battelle and Rare Earth Salts is one of several DOE projects to revive rare earth production in the U.S. Researchers are working to extract rare-earth elements from coal fly ash—which could also provide a boost to the coal industry.
July 25th, 2017 | by April Gocha
The CEO of advanced materials manufacturing company American Elements recently met with White House officials to vie for the government to nationalize the U.S.’s last remaining rare earth mine.
April 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The United States is becoming vulnerable to China's dominance of rare-earth materials. The Critical Materials Institute, with a grant from the DOE, works to reduce U.S. dependence on China for rare earths.
July 6th, 2016 | by April Gocha
Imperfections make big impacts, boosting efficiency of perovskite solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 6, 2016.
June 13th, 2016 | by April Gocha
A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.
October 15th, 2015 | by April Gocha
The Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s National Ignition Facility—“the world’s largest and most energetic laser facility ever built”—contains thousands of rare earth-doped glass slabs that collectively amplify laser pulses into the facility's incredible testing capacity.