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Rare Earth Extraction Facility could lessen US dependence on imports, pump up West Virginia economy

By Faye Oney / July 27, 2018

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.

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Direct carbon fuel cell advancements result in cleaner, more efficient electricity

By Faye Oney / February 6, 2018

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have created a direct carbon fuel cell that operates more efficiently than other fuel cells. Their fuel cell operates at lower temperatures and has more power density than previous versions.

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DOE projects could revive domestic rare-earth element production

By Faye Oney / October 31, 2017

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.

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Reviving the coal industry—One product at a time

By Faye Oney / September 19, 2017

Environmental concerns and decreased demand have contributed to the decline of coal as a fuel source. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing value-added products that may eventually revive the coal industry.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 8, 2016

Graphene electrodes for OLEDs, mantis shrimp inspires ultrastrong materials, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 8, 2016.

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It’s electric: Conductive concrete cost-effectively heats up to melt away snow and ice

By April Gocha / February 15, 2016

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a winning recipe for electrically conductive concrete that can gently heat up to melt away icy accumulations, yet remain safe to the touch.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / February 12, 2016

Saint-Gobain to export refractories, Tethon 3D reaches Kickstarter goal in 48 hours, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for February 12, 2016.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 4, 2015

Detecting thin film defects, aluminum supeatoms superconduct, extracting lithium from China’s coal, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 4, 2015.

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Catalyzing a breakthrough: Quantum dots made from coal could replace platinum for economical, efficient fuel cells

By April Gocha / October 2, 2014

The latest discovery from James Tour’s research group at Rice University details the development of graphene-based catalysts, born from coal, to replace more-expensive and less-efficient platinum catalysts in fuel cells of the future.

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