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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Purdue University white paint Guinness record global warming climate control

Purdue paints with record-breaking white

Out of West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University has earned a Guinness World Record for an unintended side effect to reducing global warming – creating the whitest paint ever. "When we started... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Volkswagen AG electric vehicle EV lithium battery lab Germany Northvolt Zwei

VW opens lithium battery labs in Germany

In a move that will shape the future of batteries powering electric Volkswagens, the German automaker has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe.... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Vital Metals Nechalacho Canada rare earth elements REE Northwest Territories

Bonanza grade rare earths at Nechalacho

Crews at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories are mining zones of ore with such high grades that there is no need to upgrade it with the on-site... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story

 
China lithium Afghanistan rare earths Joe Biden IndexBox Beijing Taliban EV

US exit leaves China $1T of Afghan metals

The United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan opened the door for China to swoop in and lay claim to the more than $1 trillion worth of lithium, rare earths, and other metals and gems e... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
sodium-ion battery graphene Chalmers University Sweden lithium-ion Janus

Graphene boosts sodium-ion battery 10x

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have recently devised a method of using a novel form of the wonder material graphene in sodium-ion batteries, increasing their... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 
vanadium redox flow battery CellCube Enerox US Vanadium Holding Company

US Vanadium expanding electrolyte output

Working in partnership with Austria-based Enerox GmbH, US Vanadium Holding Company LLC is expanding its capacity to produce ultra-high-purity vanadium electrolyte at its facility in Hot Springs,... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
3D Systems metal printing additive manufacturing new alloys Scalmalloy APWORKS

3D Systems newest alloys change the game

3D Systems recently announced it has added two new alloys to its material portfolio specifically designed to yield high-strength, corrosion-resistant parts when used with its proprietary Direct... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
perfect graphene Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials graphene

Korean lab develops near-perfect graphene

A team at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials within the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, including students at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology,... — Updated 9/7/2021 Full story

 
Jennifer Granholm DOE investment domestic critical minerals supply chain

DOE awards $30M for critical metals R&D

With renewable energy and electric vehicles driving enormous new demand, the United States Department of Energy is investing $30 million into 13 projects to develop new technologies that will... — Updated 9/3/2021 Full story

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

Graphite plays key role in COVID tests

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... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Nanotech Energy graphene battery mass production non-flammable funding

Graphene battery company raises $64M

Graphene manufacturer and producer of graphene-based batteries Nanotech Energy Inc. reported Aug. 10 it had raised $64 million in funding to be used toward the development of a high-volume... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
MIT scrap aluminum hydrogen fuel cells energy electrochemical indium gallium

MIT develops game-changing H fuel process

As the world aspires to move away from fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method to generate clean hydrogen... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

 
Round Top Texas Minerals Resources REE magnets EV Pennsylvania bipartisan bill

US rare earth magnet sector seeks support

The National Mining Association and a group of 16 companies working to establish a complete rare earths mines-to-magnets supply chain in the United States are urging Congress to approve... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

 
University of Pittsburgh rare earth element magnets Powdermet DOE EV REE

A rare earth magnets alternative emerges

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are working with Powdermet Inc., an Ohio-based nanomaterials and advanced materials research and development company, to d... — Updated 8/24/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
quantum mechanics superconductor material Quantum Foundry UC Santa Barbara

Scientific discovery at Quantum Foundry

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... — Updated 8/24/2021 Full story

 
Ambri MIT Japan Energy Fund Reliance Industries funding Paulson & Co.

Ambri funding meets scale of battery tech

Ambri Inc., which is advancing antimony-based liquid-metal battery technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has secured a $144 million financing to commercialize and... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Los Alamos National Laboratory colloidal quantum dot Victor Klimov Science

Lab unlocks potential of quantum dots

Responsible for several important milestones in the study of quantum mechanics, or more specifically quantum dots, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has once more proven to be at the forefront... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 
Ambri liquid-metal battery antimony calcium alloy anode Perpetua Resources

Perpetua to supply antimony for batteries

Idaho-focused mining company Perpetua Resources Corp. and Ambri Inc., a battery technology company born from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have forged a partnership that... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory DOE niobium lithium-ion battery nickel cathode

Niobium boosts lithium battery potential

Niobium, a metal best known for its ability to strengthen steel, may also be the secret ingredient that allows lithium-ion batteries to live up to their full potential. One problem with the... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 
Tesla nickel CEO Elon Musk BHP Group Australia battery metal lithium-ion

Tesla, BHP strike revolutionary nickel deal

Answering Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's call for new supplies of nickel that are mined "efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Group has struck a... — Updated 8/3/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
UC Berkeley Lawrence National Laboratory 2D magnet spintronics quantum physics

First 2D magnet developed at UC Berkeley

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley announced the development of a two-dimensional cobalt-doped zinc oxide... — Updated 8/3/2021 Full story

 
Mercedez Benz Daimler AG Rio Tinto Jadar Serbia jadarite lithium-ion battery

Rio Tinto commits $2.4B for lithium mine

With the goal of producing 58,000 metric tons of the lithium carbonate needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy each year, global miner Rio Tinto has... — Updated 8/3/2021 Full story

 
NASA Artemis 1 Marshall Space Flight Center NEA Scout Alpha Centauri asteroid

Solar sail craft ready for space mission

While it is not quite a space yacht sailing to Alpha Centauri at 134 million miles per hour, NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will be the first spacecraft to sail on solar winds to a destination... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
Airbus APworks scandium Rio Tinto rare earth critical metal Scandium

Westerners chase scandium production

Scandium, one of 35 minerals identified as being critical to future production of high-tech and industrial technologies in the West, is seeing a surge in mining and extraction activity in... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Japan

Rare earths enable record internet speeds

With a boost from fiber optic cables laced with rare earths such as erbium and thulium, researchers at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology were able to... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 

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