Mary Sceats from Idaho National Laboratory talks to Hunter Sceats from Colorado School of Mines during a CMI Externship

CMI Project 3.3.12: Low temperature electrochemical processing of rare earth elements

The CMI project "Low temperature electrochemical processing of rare earth elements" is based at Idaho National Laboratory

Two low technology readiness level (TRL) technologies are being investigated: 1) low temperature electrorefining of aqueous rare earth element mixtures, and 2) electrochemical reduction technology that converts rare earth element metal ions dissolved into an ionic liquid into a solid metallic-state.

Research technology developed in this project is a finalist for the 2021 R&D 100 Awards LINK

Technology developed in this project was part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy I-Corps program, cohort 11 with RE-Metal, with researcher and entrepreneurial lead from Idaho National Laboratory and industry mentor from Colorado School of Mines LINK

The video developed for the Energy I-Corps program is available on YouTube LINK, and is part of the annual updates for the CMI exhibit at the Mines Museum of Earth Science, which was developed by CMI at Colorado School of Mines during CMI Year 3.

 Meet CMI Student Mary Case