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Articles from the March 24, 2021 edition

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  • nitinol nickel-titanium alloy Mars rover NASA aerospace memory metal

    Shape memory metal gets new job on Mars

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Two metals, nickel and titanium, come together in a unique alloy that is gaining popularity in new applications, including in outer space. Known as "nitinol," this high-demand metal is prized for its ability to snap back to a heat-trained shape after being pulled, twisted or deformed. Accidentally discovered by metallurgist William Buehler at the Navy Ordinance Laboratories in 1959, nitinol has been used in increasingly sophisticated applications over the years, finding... Full story

  • ZEN Graphene antimicrobial graphene SARS-CoV-2 MRSA Dr. Tony Mazzulli

    Graphene shows promise in superbug fight

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Laboratory tests indicate that a small dose of a graphene compound developed by ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is highly effective in fighting antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, including multidrug-resistant variants like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Previous testing carried out by Dr. Tony Mazzulli, microbiologist-in-chief and infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and professor in two medicine and pathobiology departments at the... Full story

  • Schlumberger New Energy NeoLith lithium brine extraction low-carbon Nevada

    Schlumberger delves into lithium mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Best known for delivering technological solutions to the oil and gas sectors for more than 100 years, Schlumberger has formed Schlumberger New Energy, a new division focused on low-carbon and carbon-neutral energy technologies. One of Schlumberger New Energy's first projects in the United States is the development of a pilot plant to extract lithium from brine in Nevada. Unlike the evaporation process traditionally used to extract lithium from brines in South America, the...

  • Critical Minerals Biden Administration Department of Energy Secretary

    $30M for home supply of critical minerals

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Energy March 18 announced $30 million in funding to support scientific research of domestic supplies of the critical minerals and metals needed to produce clean energy technologies. Under the Biden administration, and following an executive order signed in February requiring greater coordination among federal agencies on supply chain issues, the Department of Energy has prompted possible funding toward national laboratories, universities, industry, and...

  • Syrah Resources Vidalia furnace Louisiana Balama mine Mozambique graphite

    Syrah installs furnace at US anode plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Syrah Resources Ltd. has installed the furnace at its Vidalia plant in Louisiana, the final component needed to begin upgrading graphite mined at its Balama operation in Mozambique into the active anode material for lithium-ion batteries in the United States. The anodes in lithium-ion batteries are packed full of graphite that has been rolled into potato-shaped spheres and coated in a hard carbon shell that must be thermally treated. With the installation of the furnace at...

  • American Manganese RecycLiCo gigafactory Italvolt Motor Valley Italy EV factory

    RecycLiCo going into Italian gigafactory

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    American Manganese Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to develop a lithium-ion battery cathode recycling facility alongside a battery gigafactory being developed in Italy by Italvolt. Founded and led by Lars Carlstrom, a pioneer industrialist in the automotive sector with more than 30 years of experience, Italvolt is advancing the development of a battery factory in Scarmagno, a northern Italian town about 65 miles west of Milan. The gigafactory is to be built at...