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Articles from the January 5, 2022 edition

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  • Electra Battery Metals Glencore Ontario Canada cobalt hydroxide feed material

    Electra, Glencore cut new cobalt deals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Above and beyond its agreement to sell cobalt hydroxide feed material to Electra Battery Materials Corp., Glencore has signed a five-year tolling contract for the use of Electra's refinery in Ontario to upgrade additional cobalt hydroxide into battery-grade cobalt. Glencore has been a strong supporter of Electra for a number of years, funding the initial engineering studies and providing technical input as the Canada-based company advanced development of its First Cobalt... Full story

  • Waterloo Ontario University antimicrobial virucidal SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

    Nano copper takes the fight to coronavirus

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In further investigation into the natural antimicrobial properties of copper, researchers at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, have discovered that using a thin-film coating of copper or copper compounds can enhance the metals' natural ability to inactivate or destroy bacteria and viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19, by saturating contamination with nano-copper. In a study that began soon after the pandemic hit in March 2020, University of...

  • RMIT University Australia copper antimicrobial virucidal SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

    Scientists develop rapid bacteria killer

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Scientists in Australia have developed a copper material that kills deadly bacteria two minutes after contact and could prove effective in destroying SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A team from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, working in collaboration with CSIRO, the science research agency of the Australia government, reported in the January 2022 edition of the scientific journal, "Biomaterials," that the copper innovation kills bacteria more than 100...

  • DESY nanoparticles hydrogen fuel chocolate palladium iridium graphene container

    DESY nano-chocolates that store hydrogen

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Announced just before the end of 2021, a team led by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron or DESY research center, laid the foundation for an alternative method of storing hydrogen gas using palladium nanoparticles wrapped around a core of iridium, which can attract and accumulate hydrogen like a kind of chocolate glaze. Considered a promising energy carrier of the future, hydrogen as fuel presents its own set of problems and challenges. Although a suitable and potentially...

  • fiber wire battery fabric Massachusetts Institute Technology MIT woven washable

    MIT makes longest lithium battery fiber

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that can be woven into fabrics and even washed. This latest innovation could enable a wide variety of wearable electronic devices and might even be used to make 3D-printed batteries in virtually any shape. The team envisions new possibilities for self-powered communications, sensing, and computational devices that could be worn like ordinary...

  • RapidSX Alaska SMC Nechalacho rare earth elements separation facility REE Ucore

    Ucore advances RapidSX rare earths tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In another step toward Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s goal of producing the first separated rare earth elements at its planned Strategic Metals Complex in Alaska in about two years, a third party has carried out an independent evaluation of the RapidSX rare earths separation technology to be used at the Alaska SMC. Developed by Gareth Hatch and his team at Innovation Metals Corp., a subsidiary of Ucore, RapidSX is a technological upgrade to the conventional solvent extraction techno...