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Critical Materials Institute's rare-earth recycling tech goes commercial

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2015—The Critical Materials Institute is celebrating its first commercial licensing agreement, a single-step technology to recover rare earth elements from scrap magnets.

The membrane solvent extraction system was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, partner facilities of CMI.

The critical second: CMI’s second year doubles research milestones

Two years ago the Critical Materials Institute launched, bringing together the best scientific minds from national labs, universities, and industry that could move research on rare-earth metals quickly and on to marketable technologies, shortening development time by years if not decades. In that time, this U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub has more than doubled its research accomplishments, bringing the total number of invention disclosures to 34. This week CMI holds its annual planning meeting at Idaho National Laboratory.

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