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The rare-earth element Balance Problem revisited

Following their previous, widely-cited work with respect to the rare-earth element Balance Problem, Prof. Binnemans and colleagues have just published a thorough update of this key issue in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy.

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Umicore announces battery production investments

On February 8, 2018, Umicore reported a net profit of 267 million euro in 2017. Concurrently, Umicore announced an investment of 660 million euro to ramp up the production of battery (cathode) materials for a.o. electric vehicles.

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To mine or not to mine, that is the question

Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

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Extracting and recycling vital metals

ETN DEMETER, which investigates how to extract and recycle rare earth magnets from electric vehicle motors, features on the EC website in the series "Success Stories". Prof. Binnemans (coordinator DEMETER) outlines the challenges.

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EURARE project is completed

The EU FP7 EURARE project team has published a concluding project brochure, explaining how Europe can create a sustainable European rare-earth supply chain. A must read!

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DEMETER contribution: 1st Place Award in the TOP STARS 2017

DEMETER contribution: 1st Place Award in the TOP STARS 2017 – Innovation challenge in Raw Material framework – BioTechNO3 team The TOP STARS 2017 EIT RawMaterials Winter School introduces PhD students to entrepreneurial thinking and behavior, business and innovation processes, ...

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