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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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Rio Tinto recovering lithium from Boron

Recovering scandium from its iron-titanium mine in Quebec, tellurium from the Kennecott copper mine in Utah, and now lithium from its Boron mine in California, Rio Tinto is leveraging its... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Nouveau Monde Graphite battery anode carbon-neutral Canada Matawinie

Nouveau maps carbon-neutral forever plan

Toward its mission to "produce the greenest advanced graphite materials with a carbon-neutral footprint for a sustainable world," Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., has laid out a plan that not only... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
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A brief evolutionary history of silver

Typically thought of as a glimmery precious metal used to make coins, bullion, jewelry, and other shiny objects, silver's true value lies in more industrious properties that make it invaluable to... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
ZEN Graphene Health Canada Trebor Rx graphene masks antibacterial

ZEN supports Canada graphene mask recall

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. said it supports Health Canada's recent precautionary recall of face masks that contain graphene, a 2D material that has been proven highly effective at killing viruses... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
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Experts urge swift UK tech metals strategy

Critical materials experts from the University of Birmingham are urging the United Kingdom to take quick action to ensure Britain has a stable supply of technology-critical metals essential for... — Updated 4/12/2021 Full story

 
First Cobalt Ontario Canada Stratton Metal Resources North American refinery

Stratton will buy all First Cobalt product

In another step toward its overarching goal to deliver battery grade cobalt into the North American electric vehicles market, First Cobalt Corp. has signed a flexible, long-term, offtake... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
Vital Metals REE rare earth elements Canada Northwest Territories Nechalacho

Another Vital REE milestone at Nechalacho

Reaching another major milestone on its path to being Canada's first rare earths producer, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun mining at its Nechalacho REE project in Northwest Territories. A... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
nitinol nickel-titanium alloy Mars rover NASA aerospace memory metal

Shape memory metal gets new job on Mars

Two metals, nickel and titanium, come together in a unique alloy that is gaining popularity in new applications, including in outer space. Known as "nitinol," this high-demand metal is prized for... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
Appia Energy gallium rare earth elements REE Alces Lake 5G telecommunications

High grade Alces Lake gallium confirmed

A new round of analysis and testing has further confirmed amazingly high grades of gallium associated with the high-grade rare earth zones at Appia Energy Corp.'s Alces Lake property in northern... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
GM Ultium General Motors Everybody In EV electric vehicles SGS lithium-ion

GM advances Ultium lithium-metal battery

In its push to get "everybody in" on its transition to electric vehicles, General Motors is working closely with SolidEnergy Systems to accelerate the development of a next-generation Ultium... — Updated 3/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Critical Minerals Biden Administration Department of Energy Secretary

$30M for home supply of critical minerals

The U.S. Department of Energy March 18 announced $30 million in funding to support scientific research of domestic supplies of the critical minerals and metals needed to produce clean energy... — Updated 3/23/2021 Full story

 
Northvolt Volkswagen Group ID.4 lithium-ion battery green e-mobility partnership

VW places $14B Northvolt battery order

As part of a strategy to significantly lower the cost, improve the performance, and minimize the environmental footprint of batteries going into its expanding line-up of electric vehicles in... — Updated 3/21/2021 Full story

 
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Canada publishes critical minerals catalog

Canada thinks about critical minerals differently than the United States and European Union. While its Western counterparts have put together shopping lists of the critical raw materials that are... — Updated 3/17/2021 Full story

 
tellurium Rio Tinto Kennecott copper mine Salt Lake City Utah rare earth

Rio Tinto to produce tellurium in the US

With solar panel production driving up the demand for tellurium, Rio Tinto plans to recover roughly 20 metric tons of this critical mineral per year from its Kennecott copper mine near Salt Lake... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
Avalon Advanced Materials Vital Metals REE Nechalacho Northwest Territories

Vital rare earths sample from Nechalacho

A 12-kilogram (26.5 pounds) sample of rare earth carbonate from Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Canada's Northwest Territories takes the Australian mining company one step closer to its... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
Teck Resources antimicrobial antibacterial copper TransLink SkyTrain Vancouver

Copper kills bacteria on transit surfaces

Coating high-touch public transit surfaces with a layer of copper is a highly effective way to kill bacteria on busses, subways, trains, and other metropolitan transport, according to the results... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Ontario Canada critical minerals ESG sustainability low-carbon economy EV

Ontario future critical mineral world hub

With the current global shift toward sustainability, organizations, cities, and even countries are priming themselves to embrace the change. In particular, Canada's Ontario has unveiled plans to... — Updated 3/11/2021 Full story

 
European Commission EU Raw Materials Alliance Green Deal rare earth elements

EU assembles critical minerals alliance

Understanding that diverse and reliable supplies of critical minerals and metals are vital to the renewable energy, electric vehicles, and high-tech sectors, the European Union has set in motion a... — Updated 3/9/2021 Full story

 
REE rare earth elements US supply chain Energy Fuels Neo Performance Materials

Collaborating to produce US rare earths

Already, the leading United States producer of the uranium that fuel's emissions-free nuclear energy, Energy Fuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Canada-based Neo Performance Materials... — Updated 3/9/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Altana Eckert TLS Technik Germany 3D metal printing powder center for excellence

German company begins metal 3D printing

German-based global specialty chemical leader Altana has expanded its pigment, powder, paste and pellet expertise to the 3D metal printing world with the acquisition of TLS Technik GmbH. Altana,... — Updated 3/2/2021 Full story

 
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Biden tackles critical metal supply chains

The American clean energy revolution envisioned by the Biden administration is going to require a massive supply chain upgrade – from the mines feeding rare earths, battery metals and other... — Updated 2/25/2021 Full story

 
Thermoelectric generator TEG University of Colorado Boulder wearables

New device turns the body into a battery

While thermoelectric generators are proving useful in a growing number of modern applications, ranging from electric vehicles to spacecraft, a new potential use for the technology has emerged... — Updated 2/24/2021 Full story

 
Nouveau Monde Graphite Canada Quebec Saint-Michel-des-Saints Matawinie

Quebec greenlights large graphite mine

After a decade of meticulous planning, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has received a Quebec government environmental decree to begin developing a mine at its Matawinie project that has been designed... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
Appia Energy gallium oxide monazite bauxite aluminum rare earth elements REE

Canada REE project enriched with gallium

Appia Energy Corp. says recent testing shows that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral at its Alces Lake project in northern Saskatchewan also hosts gallium, a semiconducting metal that will... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Max Planck Society Humboldt-University of Berlin zinc oxide semiconductor doping

Lasers change zinc oxide at lightspeeds

Future technology may involve sci-fi transformation techniques like the recently discovered ability to transform metals to semiconductors and vice versa, using the power of the laser. A group of r... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 

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