Eco-Industry · Farm Management · Community Groups · Courses · Consultancy · Chat Room · Contact Us
· Q & A Forum · Country Kitchen · Healthy House · Healthy Lifestyle · Kid's Pages


Please visit our great sponsors who keep this website open for you

How Rare Earth miner Lynas became a political football in Malaysia

Rare Earth Elements Uses

Electric Vehicles

Energy Efficiency in Transportation

Nissan Terra, Peugeot Onyx

Magnesium in the 21st Century: A Better Choice for Transportation

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor Development

10-20MW Offshore Wind Turbines

From Fine Black Powder to Electric Motor:
Permanent Magnets

Rapid, Cost-Effective, 100% Recyclable Method to Produce Ultra-strong Magnets

Rare Earth New Band Magnetism

Magnetic Sheet Fanner

Trade-In/Upgrade Program for Magnetic Separators

Breakthrough Discovery in the Physics of Magnetism

Self-Cleaning Pneumatic Line Magnet

Quantum Rare Earth Developments

Magnetic Device Studied as Treatment for Heartburnand Acid Reflux

Drug Linked to Fewer Deaths Among Kidney Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

Maintaining Bone Health Status of End-Stage Renal Disease

Powerful Superconductor in a Class All Its Own

Solar Cell Efficiency Research

Development of New Glass

Rare Earths studied by University of Alabama at Birmingham

World's Highest Engineering Prize

Rare Earths: National Security Concerns

Shortage of Rare Earth Minerals as early as 2015

China Rare Earth Market Trends

Emerging Nuclear Power Market Risks and China’s Possible Domination

First Heavy Rare Earths Processing Plant Outside China

Rare Earth Elements Excite Protein Probes

Rare Earth Metal and Cousin of Platinum is Attractive for Improving Flash Memory Chips

Paint Absorbs Corrosion-causing Chemicals

Research on Novel Compounds of Rare Earth Metals

Theory Aims to Describe Fundamental Properties of Materials

Technology Accelerates Solid-State Lighting

Tracking Phosphorus Runoff from Livestock Manure

World’s Hunger for Phosphorus

Monazite can act as Microscopic Clocks to Date Rock Formations

Rare Earth Minerals used in Fossil Research

New Geochemical Process Can Place Loose Fossils Back Into the Strata or Determine Fakes

Rare Earth used to determine "Terror Bird' Arrived in North America Before Land Bridge

Amorphous Steel:
Three Times Stronger and Non-magnetic

New Technology Could Help Thwart Nuclear Terrorism

Security, Geography Could Hinder Mining Investment in Afghanistan

Virginia Tech Patents

“Upstand” the Alternative to the Bicycle Kickstand

Mint Coins from Rare and Advanced Metals

Global E Waste

Rare Earth Recovery Technology

Reclaim Rare Earth Metals from Spent Fluorescent Lamps

Certified e-Waste Recyclers

Rare Earth Element ETF Promises Real Earning Potential

NYSSA Mining Conference Focuses on Microcap Companies

Brazil Lake Lithium and Rare Earth Metals Project

Mining Industry Sustainability Analysis and 2013

Global Scandium Market Analyzed

Solar Manufacturing Sells Vacuum Furnaces To Hitachi Metals

Strategic Metals Critical to National Defense




Shortage of Rare Earth minerals as early as 2015

Just as supply, access and environmental issues surrounding oil led to searches for alternatives to traditional energy efforts, similar issues surrounding naturally-magnetic materials are causing concerns about sustaining electric energy.

Naturally-magnetic materials, known as rare-earth materials, make the most powerful and efficient magnets, and their size and reliability are well suited for electric motors that use their magnetic field as power. They are also used in cell phones and other electronics.

However it’s been estimated that increased usage of electric vehicles and other technologies could create a shortage of these minerals as early as 2015. More than 95 percent of the world’s supply of rare earth materials is said to be produced in China.

A scientist who directs a University of Alabama research center is leading a collaborative, international effort to find an alternative source material necessary to sustain the growing electric-energy movement.

Dr. Takao Suzuki, director of UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology, or MINT, is leading an approximate $1.6 million effort by a consortium that includes 13 other UA researchers along with scientists in Germany, Japan and elsewhere in the U.S.

Under the new effort, the UA MINT researchers, along with those at the University of Delaware, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and the Technical University of Darmstadt, both in Germany; and the National Institute for Materials Science and TDK Corp., both in Japan, will seek to produce a permanent magnet that functions as well or better than rare-earth magnets but uses a more abundant manganese-based alloy.

The project seeks to develop both a thin-film magnet and a bulk magnet from the alternative materials.


The consortium’s effort is made possible through a recent award from the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding. Funding for the project, whose research theme is “Materials Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing,” was awarded in September, and the project is scheduled to continue through Sept. 2016.

When this overall initiative launched in 2010, it was the first time research organizations from across the G8 nations joined forces to address major global challenges, according to the initiatives’ web site.

The UA MINT Center’s share of the funding is $600,000, and it comes from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to Suzuki, who is serving as the project’s leading principal investigator, other principal investigators include Drs. George Hadjipanayis, of the University of Delaware; Helmut Kronmüller, of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research; Oliver Gutfleisch, of Technical University of Darmstadt; Kazuhiro Hono, of the National Institute of Materials Science; and Kiyoyuki Masuzawa, TDK Corp.

The MINT Center has more than 40 faculty from seven departments at The University of Alabama. MINT is active in research and education through global professional partnerships, including industries, national laboratories and universities around the world.

Source: University of Alabama

Copyright© 2012-2013, 1EarthMedia. All rights reserved