New York Times article on rare earths quotes CMI researcher David Reed, Idaho National Laboratory. He is one of dozens of scientists working to advance recycling techniques at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Innovation Hub.
“We already have a supply right now. But we’re land-filling a lot of it, or it’s sitting in people’s houses, in cellphones in a drawer somewhere,” said David Reed, a scientist who leads research into reuse and recycling at the Idaho National Laboratory.
“The challenge is gathering it and processing it, and I don’t know if there’s going to be a silver bullet,” he said. “But there’s a lot of research going on, a lot of interest.”
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