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Articles from the August 25, 2021 edition

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  • COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus testing Pennsylvania University graphite

    Graphite plays key role in COVID tests

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

    The furious pace of scientific and academic research into ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other highly infectious diseases is yielding impressive results this summer. Researchers say testing is key to understanding and controlling the spread of COVID-19, which has already taken more than four million lives around the world. However, current tests are limited by the tradeoff between accuracy and the time it takes to analyze a sample. Another challenge of current COVID... Full story

  • UK Battery Industrialisation Centre solid-state battery Britishvolt lithium-ion

    UK group seeks lithium battery holy grail

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

    Britishvolt, Oxford University, and five other United Kingdom-based universities, private sector, and government organizations have joined forces to develop world-leading solid-state lithium battery technology for the automotive industry. "Collaboration between industry, government and our world-leading academic institutions is putting the UK at the forefront of global efforts to develop innovative automotive technologies, such as solid-state batteries," said UK Minister for I...

  • quantum mechanics superconductor material Quantum Foundry UC Santa Barbara

    Scientific discovery at Quantum Foundry

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

    Researchers at the National Science Foundation's first Quantum Foundry at the University of California Santa Barbara are making major breakthroughs in the development of materials that enable quantum information-based technologies for quantum computing, communications, sensing, and simulation. The difficulty with quantum mechanics – deemed the hardest part of physics – is that quantum behavior does not follow the rules we are used to when it comes to conventional physics. Thi...

  • American Manganese RecycLiCo black powder battery recycling lithium-ion cathode

    RecycLiCo upcycles lithium-ion cathodes

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

    Beyond simply recycling lithium-ion battery materials to be fed into supply chains, American Manganese Inc. is demonstrating that its RecycLiCo process can upcycle the black mass from spent batteries into new cathode material ready to go directly back in new cells. In the lithium-ion battery recycling process, black mass is a powdery material that is produced by crushing or shredding the electrodes after the casing and other ancillary parts have been removed from spent...

  • Redwire Space NASA Break the Ice Challenge winner rover space mining Moon

    NASA Break the Ice Challenge winners

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

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Aug. 18 announced the winners of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, which is incentivizing new approaches for excavating resources on the Moon and beyond. As NASA prepares to go to the Moon with the Artemis program, in-situ resource utilization is of paramount importance, as current methods of rocketing Earth resources into space are too costly. As one of the barest of commodities for human survival, water is the goal for 13...

  • rare earth elements critical minerals DOE funding domestic resources REE imports

    DOE funds domestic critical minerals R&D

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    To help bolster domestic production of rare earth elements and other critical minerals, the United States Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing a total of nearly $1 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development to six projects focused on recovering these critical raw materials from waste streams and other unconventional sources. Critical minerals are necessary to manufacture a wide range of high-tech devices,... Full story