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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Rio Tinto titanium iron scandium aluminum mine Quebec

Rio Tinto moves into scandium market

Rio Tinto's titanium and iron facility in Quebec will soon be producing scandium, a critical metal used by the aerospace, defense, and high-tech sectors. This will make the global mining company t... — Updated 1/19/2021 Full story

 
NASA COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems 3D metal printing Richard Comunale

Metal 3D printing systems for space bots

COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems is in the final stages of developing and building electron beam 3D metal printing systems that will allow space robots to print parts in the vacuum of space,... — Updated 1/19/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Graphite One Inc. FPISC Fast-41 Alaska Anthony Huston domestic supply graphite

High priority Alaska graphite project

With graphite being a vital ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries storing clean but intermittent wind and solar energy, as well as powering the burgeoning electric vehicle sector, the U.S.... — Updated 1/19/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
General Motors Tesla EVs Deborah Wahl Caspar Rawles battery metals lithium-ion

Electric mobility metals inflection point

January 8, 2021 may go down in history as the inflection point for the transition from the fossil fuel powered vehicles that transported humanity through the 20th century to the electric vehicles... — Updated 1/19/2021 Full story

 
Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc Eric Desaulniers Matawinie graphite project

Nouveau Monde Graphite eyes milestones

2021 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc.'s mission to be a carbon-neutral supplier of the graphite needed in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. "This year will... — Updated 1/12/2021 Full story

 
Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials Institute for Basic Science

Liquid metal Silly Putty is now a thing

South Korean scientists have developed a liquid metal silicone composite material that can be stretched to a thickness of less than 50 microns when pulled really slow, snapped in half without... — Updated 1/5/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
COVID-19 Teck Resources Corning Vollebak Graphene Composites CityU Hong Kong

Minerals and metals to heal a sick planet

2020 was a year many will not forget, from the onset of COVID-19 in the spring, to the subsequent economic instability left in its wake. A silver lining to this challenging year, however, may be... — Updated 1/5/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
European Space Agency McGill University Eindhoven University of Technology

Iron fuels the fires of carbon free energy

University researchers working in tandem with the European Space Agency, have tested the use of a new, smokeless, carbon-free energy by burning iron powder. And what better way to assess the... — Updated 12/29/2020 Full story

 
Adirondack Mountain iron mine USGS critical minerals New York Ryan Taylor

New rare earth age for old NY iron mines

Industrial Age iron mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York may find new life as domestic sources of the rare earth elements needed in today's Information Age. Mined heavily... — Updated 12/29/2020 Full story

 
Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. Greg Fenton Dr. Tony Mazzulli University of Toronto

Graphene may treat spectrum of disease

Graphene has emerged as a powerful antimicrobial that can prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses when added to masks, paints, sports gear, and other products. Now, initial tests by a leading... — Updated 12/29/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
UC San Diego ZPower silver-zinc flexible battery Joseph Wang Ying Shirley Meng

Bending the rechargeable battery rules

The future of rechargeable batteries and the technologies they will power just got a lot more flexible, thanks to a recent breakthrough in screen-printable, high-capacity silver-zinc batteries by... — Updated 12/22/2020 Full story

 
tungsten critical mineral Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aqueous electrolyte

Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including... — Updated 12/22/2020 Full story

 
COVID Corning PPG antimicrobial copper Guardiant Wendell Weeks Michael McGarry

Copper Armor paint to slow COVID spread

A fresh coat of Copper Armor, an antimicrobial paint developed by Corning Inc. and PPG, could transform surfaces at high-risk for the spread of COVID-19 into self-sanitizing areas that are deadly... — Updated 12/18/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
BMW Rolls-Royce 3D metal printing Daniel Schäfer Additive Manufacturing

BMW gets behind 3D metal printing wheel

BMW Group has gotten behind the wheel of the quickly emerging 3D printing technology to hasten vehicle parts development and production to maximize manufacturing capabilities for its automobile in... — Updated 12/15/2020 Full story

 
US Pentagon Department of Defense critical minerals policy

Strategic metals firepower for Pentagon

The $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 passed by Congress last week instructs the Pentagon to secure domestic and allied sources of strategic minerals and... — Updated 12/15/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow V-flow battery electrolyte test tubes oxidized states

VanadiumCorp acquires key refining tech

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has acquired full rights to a unique, low-carbon emitting means of extracting vanadium, another key to its goal of unlocking the potential of vanadium redox flow... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Syrah Resources Ltd. Vidalia Louisiana graphite EV lithium-ion battery

US graphite anode plant takes vital step

Syrah Resources Ltd. has taken another major step toward scaling up production of natural graphite anode material at its facility in Vidalia, Louisiana to help meet the demands of rapidly... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Teck Resources Ltd. Bointerphases Washington University Dr. Marthe Charles

Teck tests copper's antiviral powers

In recent years, Teck Resources Ltd. has been working with healthcare officials around the world to bring copper to the frontlines in the urgent fight against bacteria and viruses harmful to the... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Teck Resources Ltd. COVID-19 antimicrobial copper Chile Don Lindsay

Teck battles virus with copper in Chile

Continuing its initiative to bring copper to the frontlines in the urgent fight against the spread of bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19, Teck Resources Ltd. announced the expansion of its... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story

 
Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG DRC cobalt Ambition 2039 Jungo Brüngger

Mercedes tackles cobalt mining issues

Mercedes-Benz says it will follow its supply chains all the way back to the mines, if that is what it takes to ensure that the lithium and cobalt going into its rapidly expanding line of electric... — Updated 11/17/2020 Full story

 
Leiden University microswimmer 3D printing microbot platinum USS Voyager

Platinum Voyager explores micro-frontier

In the name of science, a team of Dutch researchers has 3D-printed a platinum-hulled, microscopic rendition of the Star Trek USS Voyager. The creation of this Intrepid-class starship that... — Updated 11/11/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Quantum dots copper indium selenide Los Alamos National Laboratory transistors

Quantum dot transistor gets green light

A recent scientific breakthrough in the metals used for transistors may change the face of all conventional electronics, providing new circuitry and electronics with the simply named quantum dot.... — Updated 11/11/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow battery metal mine project

World-class vanadium deposit at Lac Doré

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has confirmed that its Lac Doré project in Quebec hosts one of the most significant undeveloped vanadium deposits on the planet, furthering the company's mission of dev... — Updated 11/10/2020 Full story

 
Graphene could make light sail spacecraft imagined by Carl Sagan a reality

Sailing to Alpha Centauri with graphene

From coronavirus killing facemasks, to ultra-fast charging superbatteries and high-performance headphones with "stunning" sound quality, graphene has emerged as a miracle material with qualities... — Updated 11/3/2020 Full story

 
ShAPE needs six pounds graphene for 1 million lb of high efficiency copper

Graphene enhanced copper offers EV edge

Working with General Motors, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered that a tiny bit of graphene can increase the conductivity of copper wire by 5%. "That may seem... — Updated 10/27/2020 Full story

 

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