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Work of Critical Materials Institute could help lessen US dependence on China for rare earths

By Faye Oney / April 4, 2017

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.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 23, 2016

Smashing metallic micro-cubes makes them ultrastrong, glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 23, 2016.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 9, 2015

Sodium-ions in a standard battery format, new form of iron oxide has surprising characteristics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 9, 2015.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / February 5, 2013

What an active field! Oxygen tolerance of an in silico-designed bioinspired hydrogen-evolving catalyst in water (PNAS) Certain bacterial enzymes, the diiron hydrogenases, have turnover numbers for hydrogen production from water as large as 104/s. Their much smaller common active site, composed of earth-abundant materials, has a structure that is an attractive starting point for the…

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DOE to hold Critical Materials Energy Innovation Hub workshop

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2012

A “criticality matrix” shows how the impact of supply risk for certain critical minerals. This matrix was developed by the National Research Council panel for a 2008 report, “Minerals, Critical Minerals and the U.S. Economy.” Credit: NRC; NAE. The Advanced Manufacturing Office of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will be holding a…

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Mix of forces ease Chinese rare earth tensions for now

By / February 29, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao discussed rare earth supplies in their Feb. 2, 2012 meeting. Credit Xinhua; Xie Huanchi. There have been long-standing and well-known strains between China and much of the rest of the world over rare earth supplies, but projections for 2012 look like access to the materials won’t be…

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DOE releases updated report, ‘Critical Materials Strategy’

By Eileen De Guire / January 16, 2012

The Department of Energy recently released its second “Critical Materials Strategy” report. Credit: DOE. In late December 2011, the Department of Energy released its 2011 update (pdf) to its report, “Critical Materials Strategy.” This is an update to the inaugural issue report released in 2010. The 189-page report evaluates the issues relevant to critical materials…

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