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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
University of Sussex graphene nanomaterials 2D origami smallest microchip

Nano-origami used for smallest microchip

Physicists at the University of Sussex have combined the properties of the modern 2D material, graphene, with the ancient art of paperfolding, origami, to create the tiniest microchips to date.... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
X-MAT X-BATT graphite anode recycling Battery Innovation Center lithium-ion

X-MAT refines battery anode technology

X-MAT recently announced a collaboration with the Battery Innovation Center, to determine further improvements of X-MAT's electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the... — Updated 2/9/2021 Full story

 
Mineral Commodity Summaries 2021 USGS United States Geological Survey REE

US critical mineral import reliance steady

The United States depends on foreign countries for more than 50% of its supply of 28 out of the 35 minerals, metals and groups of elements deemed critical to the nation's economic wellbeing and... — Updated 2/4/2021 Full story

 
Volkswagen AG Group Components pilot plant Salzgitter Germany lithium-ion

Volkswagen jumps into battery recycling

Though Volkswagen does not expect any appreciable quantities of spent lithium-ion batteries for at least another decade, the German automaker has already constructed its first plant to recover mor... — Updated 2/4/2021 Full story

 
Lynas Corporation REE separation facility Texas domestic rare earths Pentagon

Lynas inks contract for Texas REE plant

Australia-based rare earth elements producer Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. has secured a contract for additional Pentagon assistance in funding its plans to develop a U.S.-based rare earths separation... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
Sila Nanotechnologies Coatue Management LLC Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Silicon battery tech firm raises $590M

Considered by market experts to be the largest single fundraising in the history of lithium-ion battery supply chains, Sila Nanotechnologies raised US$590 million during a financing that closed... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
SARS-CoV-2 SonoMasks Sonovia virucidal antimicrobial zinc oxide textiles fabric

Zinc-infused mask fights coronavirus

Among a growing number of facial masks infused with minerals that innovators around the globe have brought to the market in recent months to help stop the spread of the coronavirus infection,... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
NASA beryllium aluminum alloys critical minerals James Webb Space Telescope

Critical minerals forge strong alliance

As two of the 35 minerals and metals considered to be critical to the economic and national security of the United States, beryllium and aluminum are fundamental to many sectors for their natural... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
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 1/26/2021 Full story

 
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 1/26/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Sandvik AB 3D metal printing titanium powder Yngwie Malmsteen indestrucible

Sandvik prints smash-proof metal guitar

While it may not be new news it is still awesome, Sandvik AB of Sweden, machined and 3D printed the world's first all-metal smash-proof guitar, and had Yngwie Malmsteen do what heavy metal rock... — Updated 1/26/2021 Full story

 
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 1/22/2021 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

 
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

 

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