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 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
Graphic showing 2D MXenes and some of their potential applications.

Scientists explore new atomic frontiers

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have succeeded in using a new method of analysis to peel back the atomic layers of two-dimensional metallic compounds known as MXenes (pronounced... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
View across South Saskatchewan River; the Saskatoon city skyline at night.

A rare earth supply chain master link

Summit spotlights Saskatoon as an emerging rare earths hub in North America Saskatoon, a small city in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is emerging as the master link in a... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Handshake with images of wind turbines and charging electric vehicle.

NioCorp cuts critical metals finance deal

Proposed merger with GXII would provide Nasdaq listing, access to cash for Elk Creek. To fund the development of a mine at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska that produces niobium, rare earths,... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Aerial view of Electra’s hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Quebec, Canada.

LG inks two Ontario battery metal deals

When Ontario unveiled its critical minerals strategy earlier this year, the idea was to leverage the rich mineral endowment in the northern reaches of the province and the established... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
A U.S. special forces soldier in a billow of smoke during a night patrol.

Pentagon looks to Idaho for antimony

Perpetua receives two DOD grants to study military-grade antimony from Stibnite, ID Geopolitical tensions with China and Russia's war with Ukraine has the Pentagon concerned about securing... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Bags of black mass that Li-Cycle has produced at its Hub facilities.

Sen. Schumer visits NY Li-Cycle facility

Recycling hub will offer supply of critical battery materials in US After advocating for Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. to develop its zinc-air energy storage systems manufacturing plant in New... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Rock hammer size reference of rare earth-bearing rock samples at Sheep Creek.

High-grade rare earths project emerges

Sheep Creek rare earths project in Montana hosts 13 US critical metals With the transition to electric vehicles charged with low-carbon energy shining a spotlight on America's need for secure and... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Lithium-tellurium disc batteries are held with clamps during testing at UBC.

Tellurium may be key to longer-range EVs

Tellurium, a rare byproduct of mining copper and gold, may be the secret ingredient to longer-lasting lithium batteries that allow electric vehicles to travel more than twice as far on a single... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Left shows the prototype Thermal Camouflage Jacket. Right shows it in use.

Prototype invisibility cloak by Vollebak

Techno-clothing company utilizes graphene to make jacket invisible to infrared cameras. Thanks to the "wonder material" graphene, the invisibility cloak often seen in fantasy and science fiction... — Updated 10/4/2022 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A high resolution picture of Mars, the Red Planet.

3D printing with Mars dirt and titanium

Washington State researchers add to out-of-this-world 3D printer materials Scientists from Washington State University have discovered that a small amount of simulated crushed Martian dirt mixed... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Laser sintering metal into a complex shape, not otherwise possible with casting.

3D printing ultra-strong titanium alloys

Monash University researchers discover durable microstructure makes stronger titanium A world-first study led by Monash University engineers in Australia has demonstrated how cutting-edge 3D... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Yellow Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with Nite Pony package.

Ford calls for US mine permitting reform

The Inflation Reduction Act offers American car buyers a $7,500 tax credit for buying a new electric vehicle, as long as the ingredients in the battery of that automobile are mostly produced... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Artist’s concept of a battery system for storing wind and solar energy.

Zinc8 scopes US zinc battery plant sites

Encouraged by the support it has received from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, along with the clean energy battery tax credits offered up in the Inflation Reduction Act, Zinc8... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A test vial bubbling as the reaction from gallium-aluminum creates hydrogen.

More gallium the key to green hydrogen

A liquid metal being explored for use in shapeshifting soft robots and enhancing carbon-capturing properties of platinum, gallium is proving to be the missing link to many questions materials... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
Molten rare earth metal being poured into ingot molds.

Canada first, SRC pours rare earth metal

Major step along the path to establishing Saskatchewan as rare earths hub In another milestone along the path to establishing a major rare earths hub in Saskatchewan, the province announced that... — Updated 8/31/2022 Full story

 
Concept of peeling away old power sources to reveal renewable energy.

US utility testing liquid metal batteries

Xcel Energy eyes Ambri antimony batteries for clean energy storage Xcel Energy, a utility company that generates enough electricity to power roughly 23 million homes across eight states, has... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A prototype of Cambridge University's artificial leaf floating on the Cam River.

An artificial leaf to fuel world trade

While renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar have become significantly cheaper and more available in recent years, many challenges still need to be overcome to achieve decarbonizatio... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
Suspended from the rail above, the Red Rail glides from the station.

China unveils first suspended maglev train

Without any outside forces, a sky train levitates 30 feet above the ground in China's Jiangxi Province, thanks to the powerful forces of rare earth permanent magnets. Unlike magnetic levitation... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A rendering of MIT's gallium-gold bandage sensor on an arm.

A gold-gallium bandage to monitor body

MIT develops a wearable sensor able to target any biomarker Using a gold-gallium "band-aid" could prove the next generation of biological monitoring as researchers from the Massachusetts... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
The periodic table element of mercury graphic.

2D material to clean up mercury pollution

Due to the alarming increase in mercury emissions into the atmosphere, researchers have been working for many years to develop systems to remove this heavy metal from water. Now, a team at Drexel... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
Cups with aluminum, sulfur, and molten salts in aluminum-sulfur batteries.

A new low-cost aluminum-sulfur battery

Seeking an affordable and safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries for the storage of intermittent clean energy from wind and solar, a global team of researchers led by an award-winning chemist... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
A geologist’s hammer next to lens of graphite at Graphite Creek in Alaska.

Study details US graphite supply chain

At a time when American automakers are looking for potential domestic supplies of the graphite that makes up nearly half of all the materials that go into the lithium-ion batteries powering... — Updated 8/30/2022 Full story

 
Row of installed First Solar thin-film solar panels in field with flowers.

DOE backs tellurium enriched solar tech

Launches $20M consortium to boost American-made CdTe cells Increasing federal backing of American-made thin-film solar technologies is likely to increase the demand for tellurium, a key... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
Stacks of boxes storing drill core at the Turnagain nickel project in BC.

Mitsubishi invests in BC nickel project

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into a deal to gain a foothold in a potential nickel-cobalt mine at Giga Metals Corp.'s Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia,... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
Biden under “A Future Made in America” banner at GM’s Factory Zero.

DOE seeks input on US critical materials

Recognizing the meteoric rise in demand for minerals and metals critical to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and the American economy at large, the U.S. Department of Energy is requesting... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

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