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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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The Economic Benefits of the North American Rare Earths Industry

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Executive Summary The rare earth industry is essential to the North American economy. The industry directly contributes to the North American economy with $795 million in shipments, employing nearly 1,050 workers with a payroll of $116 million. But the contributions of the rare earth industry go well beyond its direct economic footprint. The rare earth industry fosters economic activity indirectly through supply-chain purchases and through the payrolls paid by the industry itself and its suppliers. This in turn leads to induced economic output as well. As a result, each job in the rare earth industry generates an additional 5.0 jobs...

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Future Directions in Rare Earth Research: Critical Materials for 21st Century Industry

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MSE Supplies offers more than 180 rare earth chemicals.  http://www.msesupplies.com/collections/rare-earth-chemicals ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In this presentation made by Ames Lab, the research opportunities and applications of rare earth materials were reviewed.  The full presentation can be downloaded here        

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Book: Rare Earths, Science, Technology, Production and Use

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In a recently published book about Rare Earth, it presents a comprehensive review of the structure and properties of rare earth elements (REE) and illuminates ways to reduce the use of water and energy during production of materials and to efficiently recycle rare earth materials, both of end-use products and in the production of new products.   Rare Earths, 1st Edition Science, Technology, Production and Use Author(s) : Jacques Lucas | Pierre Lucas | Thierry Le Mercier | Alain Rollat | William Davenport Release Date:03 Sep 2014 Imprint:Elsevier Print Book ISBN :9780444627353 eBook ISBN :9780444627445 Pages:406 Rare Earths, 1st EditionOverviewRare Earth Production, Uses and PricesRare Earths...

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Nature publishes an article about rare earth exploration

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Chemistry: Degrees of separation Chemists hope to break China's monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore. Author: XiaoZhi Lim 22 April 2015   In July 2010, the Chinese government sent a chill through the world's high-technology industries when it announced a 37% cut in export quotas for rare-earth elements — a group of 17 metallic elements that are essential ingredients in display screens, low-energy lighting, high-powered lasers and a host of other twenty-first-century products. China has a near monopoly on production of these elements, generating 97% of the world's supply in 2010. So...

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