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Fingerprinting rare earth elements from the air

Vital to many modern technologies yet mined in few places, the 'rare earth elements' are in fact not that rare – they are just...

A clean way to extract rare earth metals

Rare earth metals — those 17 chemically similar elements at the bottom of the periodic table — are in almost every piece of technology...

Appalachian coal ash richest in rare earth elements

A study of the content of rare earth elements in U.S. coal ashes shows that coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains could be the...

The world’s rarest minerals

Scientists have inventoried and categorized all of Earth's rare mineral species described to date, each sampled from five or fewer sites around the globe....

Cosmochemists find evidence of rare element in early solar system

University of Chicago scientists have discovered evidence in a meteorite that a rare element, curium, was present during the formation of the solar system....

Extracting rare-earth elements from coal could soon be economical in US

The U.S. could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare-earth elements that are widely used in many industries, according to a team of...

Studying the recovery of rare earth elements from coal mining waste

West Virginia could become one of the country's significant sources for rare earth elements, the "vitamins of modern industry," without the expense or environmental...

Rare earth element

A rare earth element (REE) or rare earth metal (REM), as defined by IUPAC, is one of a set of seventeen chemical elements in...

New process recycles magnets from factory floor

A new recycling method developed by scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory,...

Separating rare earth metals with UV light

Researchers from the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a method to separate two rare earth elements -- europium and yttrium --...

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