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Basics of Rare Earth Processing Methods

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Cell phones, electric cars, sensors – just some of the many devices containing Rare Earths, that we’ve come to rely on in the modern world. While there’s a growing awareness of the importance of Rare Earths (REs) in these new technologies, the same can’t be said for the illusive question of just how Rare Earth Elements (REEs) end up in these products.   MSE Supplies is a leading supplier of high quality and high purity rare earth metals and compounds for advanced materials research and manufacturing.   Mining REs is relatively simple – but producing individual elements from the ore is tremendously difficult. Rare...

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Global Smart Glass Market to grow to $5.8 Billion USD by 2020

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Smart glass or switchable glass (also smart windows or switchable windows in those applications) is glass or glazing whose light transmission properties are altered when voltage, light or heat is applied. Generally, the glass changes from translucent to transparent, changing from blocking some (or all) wavelengths of light to letting light pass through. MSE Supplies is a leading supplier of high quality materials and equipment for advanced materials research and manufacturing. Smart glass technologies include electrochromic, photochromic, thermochromic, suspended particle, micro-blind and liquid crystal devices. When installed in the envelope of buildings, smart glass creates climate adaptive building shells, with the ability...

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Newly Funded 2015 Materials-related Projects among the $125 Million DOE ARPA-E Awards

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On Nov. 23, 2015, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).      Among these well-funded projects, the following ones are materials-related, each of them will receive multi-million dollars funding.     MSE Supplies is a leading supplier of high quality materials and equipment for advanced materials research and manufacturing. Ultrahigh Efficiency Photovoltaics at Ultralow CostsNational Renewable Energy Laboratory | Golden, CO | $5,160,000 High Efficiency Alkaline Water Electrolyzers for Grid Scale Energy StorageDioxide Materials, Inc. | Boca Raton, FL | $2,000,000 Hydration-Free Conductive Membranes...

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Cover Story on Nature: Atomic Doping in Nanometer-Scale Crystals

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The Nature magazine featured this materials science research on its cover page of the 27 August, 2015 issue. A group of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA reported their recent work on the doping of materials at the nanocrystal scale to demonstrate how the physical and chemical properties of nano materials can be engineered at the atomic level by doping. As the authors stated, "Doping is a process in which atomic impurities are intentionally added to a host material to modify its properties. It has had a revolutionary impact in altering or introducing electronic1, 2, magnetic3,4, luminescent5, 6, and catalytic7 properties...

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Rare-earth innovation to improve polymer manufacturing

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Cerium based rare earth chemicals are available from MSE Supplies: http://www.msesupplies.com/collections/cerium-metal-and-compounds   Source: physics.org, by Laura Millsaps The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon.   The process uses a cerium-based material made into nanometer-sized particles with a palladium catalyst to produce cyclohexanone, a key ingredient in the production of nylon.   Traditional methods of producing cyclohexanone involve high temperatures and high pressure, and necessitate the use of hydrogen.   "After a lot of trials, we...

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