The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the December 29, 2021 edition

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  • James Webb Space Telescope JWST NASA rocket launch Christmas Hubble mirror

    Reflecting on the Webb telescope mirrors

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

    Although delayed by a few extra days, a historic event occurred this Christmas with the launch of what is set to become mankind's most powerful "eye" into the unknown, the James Webb Space Telescope. Composed of 18 4.3 feet diameter hexagonal-shaped mirror segments, with a central primary mirror of 21.4 feet, years of innovation, ingenious problem-solving, and sheer determination have set the stage for a view into the cosmos we may never have even conceived of before....

  • MIT Massachusetts Institute Technology REE separation rare earth elements method

    MIT creates groundbreaking REE separation

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

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have devised a unique method to help curb the looming shortages of critical minerals and metals by making it easier to separate them from ore and recycled materials with a chemical process called sulfidation. This processing technique, as written about in a paper they published in the journal "Nature," allows the metals to remain in solid form and be separated without dissolving. This would avoid the typical but costly liquid s...

  • Zen Graphene Solutions Zentek graphene face masks Canada Trebor Rx COVID 19

    2021 was a pivotal year for Zen Graphene

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

    5 has been a watershed year for Zentek Ltd., which entered the year as Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd., a mining company leveraging the unique characteristics of the graphite at its Albany project in Ontario to produce a graphene coating that is more than 99% effective at killing a broad range of bacteria and viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19, and exited the year as a technology that is applying this patent-pending ZENGuard antimicrobial coating...

  • Tesla Syrah Resources graphite anode material Vidalia processing facility mine

    Tesla secures Vidalia battery graphite

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 11, 2022

    Tesla Inc. has cut a deal with Syrah Resources Ltd. to supply the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles – graphite. More specifically, the renowned electric automaker has entered into an offtake agreement for natural graphite active anode material, also known as coated spherical graphite, from Syrah's Vidalia processing facility in Louisiana. The anodes in lithium-ion batteries that power most EVs are packed full of graphite that h... Full story

  • Welsbach Technology Metals Acquisition public offering Nasdaq Global Market

    New tech metals player launches $75M IPO

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 11, 2022

    Looking to establish itself as a major new player in the technology metals and energy transition metals space, Welsbach Technology Metals Acquisition Corp. has launched a $75 million initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market. Led by CEO Daniel Mamadou, a technology metals advisor with more than 20 years of experience in global banking, Welsbach is being established as a blank check company that will use the funds raised through its IPO to invest in and support... Full story