A recently published multi-article feature in Science News highlighted materials science experts from Ames National Laboratory and the Critical Materials Institute. In the feature, researchers weigh in on the special properties of rare earths, and global prospects for maintaining a robust supply chain of these essential materials through recovery and reuse – " these 17 metallic elements are crucial ingredients in computer screens, cell phones and other electronics, compact fluorescent lamps, medical imaging machines, lasers, fiber optics, pigments, polishing powders, industrial catalysts – the list goes on and on."
The articles discuss the current state of technology in rare earth recycling, and cover multiple aspects of the challenge including:
Ikenna Nlebedim, Critical Materials Institute scientist, in "Recycling rare earth elements is hard; Science is trying to make it easier."
Durga Paudyal, Ames Laboratory scientist, in "How rare earth elements’ hidden properties make modern technology possible."
Tom Lograsso, Director of the Critical Materials Institute, in "Rare earth mining may be key to our renewable energy future. But at what cost?"