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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 / July 6, 2016

Imperfections make big impacts, boosting efficiency of perovskite solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 6, 2016.

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Aluminum–cerium alloy has potential to jump-start rare-earth production in the US

By April Gocha / June 13, 2016

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.

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Rare earth-doped glass boosts lasers, tests experimental theories at National Ignition Facility

By April Gocha / October 15, 2015

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.

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Radioactive ceramics: Unearthing rare earths reveals heavy environmental impact of today’s tech

By April Gocha / April 21, 2015

A group of architects, designers, writers, reporters, and thinkers called the Unknown Fields Division have traveled the world and are now pulling back the curtain to show the toxic story lurking behind rare earth production.

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Phosphate-rich salmon sperm could prove key to greener, cheaper recycling of rare earths

By Jessica McMathis / January 28, 2015

A team of Japanese researchers has discovered that the sperm of salmon could effectively replace the more costly and less environmentally friendly methods used to recover rare-earth elements from electronic and magnetic waste.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 12, 2014

Better catalysts for hydrogen generators, silicon shovels dig for rare earths, direct writing diamond patterns, Kevlar-based electronics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 12, 2014.

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DOE announces $3 million for geothermal energy R&D, rare-earth element supply

By Jessica McMathis / February 19, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $3 million to research and development of low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources in the United States, as well as to support domestic supply of “critical materials.”

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / October 21, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

By / June 10, 2013

• Owens Corning has formed a partnership with Chinese glass fiber producer Taishan Fiberglass. Taishan is a subsidiary of China National Materials Group (Sinoma). The partnership will grow the use of alkali resistant speciality glass products; manufacturing will be based in China and supported by Owens Corning’s R&D centers, which will provide product and application…

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