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By Shane Lasley
Data Mine North 

Making rare earths separation less rare

Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/15/2022 at 3:09pm

Piles of rare earth oxides used for magnets, batteries, and high-tech products.

Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. is investing heavily into facilities to separate rare earths into the individual elements needed for high-tech applications. Clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

US invests heavily into developing domestic rare earth element processing plants

Despite what their name suggests, rare earths are not all that scarce. An efficient and environmentally sound technology capable of separating this tightly bonded group into the 15 individual elements of innovation, however, is truly unique and the key to establishing a rare earths supply chain in North Am...



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