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Rare Earth Elements: the 21st Century Minerals and China, again!

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

periodic table of elements

(Source: Science Notes http://sciencenotes.org)

Could economic wars be launched over mineral resources critical to industrial products that define our 21st century living standards?  Continue reading “Rare Earth Elements: the 21st Century Minerals and China, again!” »

Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Rare earth metals are needed to make many high-tech products, including smartphones, wind turbines, laptops and electric cars. Though 65% of the world’s reserves are located outside of China, currently China supplies more than 93% of the world’s rare earth elements, Continue reading “Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation” »