The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the January 12, 2022 edition


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  • 3D print OLED University Minnesota Twin Cities UNM organic light-emitting diodes

    University 3D prints first flexible OLED

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

    In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities used a customized printer to fully 3D print a flexible organic light-emitting diode display, a discovery that could result in anyone being able to 3D print low-cost OLED displays at home. OLED display technology is based on converting electricity into light using an organic material layer. Functioning as high-quality digital displays – often made flexible and in both large-scale devices s...

  • Tesla Talon Metals Minnesota nickel cobalt deal electric vehicles EV Elon Musk

    Tesla cuts deal for Minnesota nickel

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

    As the competition for supplies of the minerals and metals needed to build electric vehicles heats up, Tesla Inc. has cut a deal to secure the nickel for the lithium-ion batteries to power its future EVs from Talon Metals Corp.'s Tamarack project in Minnesota. Located 54 miles west of Duluth, the Tamarack project is slated to produce roughly 28 million pounds of nickel, plus 17 million lb of copper, per year over the first nine years of mining. Talon's commitment to reducing t...

  • Ericsson HERE Technologies 5G mapping Industry 4.0 partner ecosystem network

    Ericsson mine mapping partner is HERE

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

    Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, one of the first and leading providers of 5G, and HERE Technologies, a leading location data and technology platform, have teamed up to provide the global mining industry with custom mapping capabilities. With the rapid mobilization of Industry 4.0 technologies and services, access to private cellular networks is a key driver to enabling safer, more productive, and more sustainable mining operations,...

  • Rio Tinto Australia Wabtec electric train FLXdrive battery locomotive Pilbara

    Electric trains to haul Rio Tinto iron

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

    Taking a large step toward its goal of halving the carbon emissions at its iron mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia by 2030, Rio Tinto has placed an order with Wabtec Corp. for four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives. "Our partnership with Wabtec is an investment in innovation and an acknowledgment of the need to increase the pace of our decarbonization efforts," said Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director of Port, Rail and Core Services Richard Cohen. The...

  • Paragraf Queen Mary University London graphene ITO indium-tin oxide OLED

    Potential ITO replacement with graphene

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

    Researchers from Paragraf Limited and Queen Mary University of London have demonstrated the successful fabrication of an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) that uses a single layer of graphene to replace the indium-tin oxide that has traditionally made touchscreens touchable. Despite being one of the rarest elements in earth's crust, indium is found in almost all modern electronic devices with a touchscreen. Indium-tin oxide is used to create a thin and invisible layer lying...

  • Critical Minerals Alliances Data Mine North North of 60 Mining News UN Climate

    An inconvenient truth for climate change

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 25, 2022

    It is an inconvenient truth that the low-carbon future envisioned by world leaders that gathered for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, cannot be built without massive new supplies of minerals and metals. While battery metals, rare earths, and other critical minerals have garnered the spotlight for their role in building this future of traveling and transporting goods with electric vehicles charged with renewable energy – and rightfully so – the inc... Full story

  • lava flame retardant Australia China University Southern Queensland aluminum

    Lava inspires a better flame retardant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 18, 2022

    While it may seem counterintuitive to consider lava as a source of inspiration for preventing homes and businesses from going up in smoke, researchers in Australia and China have drawn inspiration from this molten rock in the development of a better flame retardant. To prevent buildings from going ablaze, manufacturers have added flame retardants to plastic, wood, and steel building materials for decades. These additives, however, can be toxic and expensive. To make a better... Full story

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