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Upper Photo: Rod Eggert (left) at NATO headquarters along with (left to right) Richard Fingers, US Air Force; Andrew Lloyd, US Air Force; Gareth Hatch, Technology Metals Research; and Daniel Chaumette, Dassault Aviation (retired).
2017 CMI WINTER MEETING AT MINES
On February 9-10, Colorado School of Mines hosted the Critical Materials Institute Winter Meeting and 2nd Annual Forum for Postdoctoral and Student Researchers. More than 85 CMI team members from national laboratories, universities, industry, and the Department of Energy (DOE) gathered in Golden. Speakers included DOE Office of Advanced Manufacturing Director Mark Johnson, Mines Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Tony Dean, CMI Director Alex King, Ames Laboratory Scientist Ikenna Nlebedim, and Mines President Paul Johnson.
Thirty-seven postdocs and graduate students presented CMI research from Mines, Purdue, UC-Davis, Florida Polytechnic, Yale, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Iowa State and Ames Lab. Mines student presenters included Tom Boundy, Brett Carlson, Dylan Everly, Philip Keller, Fangyu Liu, Alex Norgren, Hunter Sceats and Victoria Vaccarezza from the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM), and Maxwell Brown, Sadie Fulton, Brett Jordan, Haeyeon Kim, and Braeton Smith from the Division of Economics and Business. Congratulations to poster contest winners Mary Case from Idaho National Laboratory, and Hunter Sceats from Colorado School of Mines.
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EGGERT IN BRUSSELS
During the week of November 28, 2016, Coulter Professor and CMI deputy director Rod Eggert participated in a series of international events in Brussels, Belgium.
He was part of the US delegation at the EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials and presented the poster “Material criticality: Comparing China, the EU, Japan and the USA,” based on work he and his graduate students (Sadie Fulton, Jose Hofer, Brett Jordan, Haeyeon Kim, Sul-Ki Lee and Braeton Smith) carried out during the fall semester.
He participated in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s meeting on strengthening education in the raw-materials sector.
He delivered the lecture “The Fragility of Rare-Earth Supply Chains” at NATO headquarters as part of a half-day course on rare earths and other critical elements, an activity of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization.
THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON MATERIALS FOR ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
EB Professor Rod Eggert spoke on the topic of critical raw materials as one of several lecturers in the international school on Materials for Energy and Sustainability, the 69th course of the International School of Solid State Physics, July 13-19, in Erice, Sicily. More than 70 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America gathered to learn from experts on global issues in energy and the environment and the resulting issues for materials used in energy technologies. Specific topics ranged from climate change and carbon sequestration; to conventional and emerging energy technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, and fuel cells; to energy storage, buildings and smart grids. The course was organized by the European Materials Research Society, the European Physical Society, the EuroSunMed Project, the Italian Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.
ARGUS AMERICAS RARE EARTH SUMMIT
Attendees of the 2016 summit held in Denver, June 13 to 16, ended their conference with a site visit to Colorado School of Mines and the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). The event was hosted by CMI’s Deputy Director, Rod Eggert. Tony Dean gave a welcome and overview of Mines, followed by presentations by Thomas Monecke and Rod Eggert. CMI Graduate Students from the Division of Economics and Business and the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM) hosted lab tours in Hill Hall. Bruce Geller and Mandi Hutchinson led tours of the Geology Museum, highlighting the new critical materials exhibit. Event Photos
CRITICAL ISSUES WEBINAR: THE SCIENCE AND SUPPLY OF AMERICA'S CRITICAL MINERALS AND MATERIALS
This webinar is based on a Congressional briefing organized by AGI on behalf of the Mineral Science & Information Coalition (3 March 2016). It addresses the efforts being taken at the federal level to ensure a steady supply of critical minerals and materials. YouTube
Rod Eggert, Colorado School of Mines; Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory
Lawrence D. Meinert, Mineral Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey
Steven M. Fortier, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
2016 CMI WINTER MEETING AT MINES
Museum Exhibit Reception Photos
On February 3-4, more than ninety researchers from the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) gathered at Mines for the CMI Winter Meeting. Attendees came from the Ames, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Iowa State, Purdue, University of California – Davis, University of Tennessee, Yale and of course Mines.
The main event was the first CMI conference highlighting research by postdoctoral associates and graduate students, with more than forty presentations by young researchers from across CMI including fifteen from Mines. CMI research aims to accelerate innovation that will assure supply chains for raw materials essential in clean energy technologies — spanning basic and applied science, engineering and complementary economic and supply chain analysis.
The fifteen presenters from Mines are carrying out research in the Division of Economics and Business, the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy and the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
The conference began with remarks from Mark Johnson, Director of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and CMI Director Alex King. A highlight of the meeting was a reception in the Geology Museum, at which Mines President Paul Johnson dedicated a new exhibit on critical materials. Mines Professor Rod Eggert and CMI’s Maureen Allen organized the meeting, with significant assistance from the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education.
CMI IN JAPAN
Japan, the European Union, and the United States have collaborated for a number of years on research and education related to critical raw materials and their uses in emerging technologies. Professor Rod Eggert represented the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at three meetings in Japan during the week of October 26-30.
The first two meetings in Tokyo—the 5th Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference and the 3rd Japan-US Bilateral Meeting on Rare Metals—provided opportunities for researchers and policy makers to share information and research priorities with counterparts from the other regions. Professor Eggert was a member of the U.S. delegation at both meetings and delivered summary comments on behalf of the U.S. delegation at the trilateral meeting.
The Critical Metals Symposium at Tohoku University in Sendai, the site of catastrophic tsunami damage in 2011, brought together researchers not only from Japan, the EU and the United States but also China, Korea and India. Professor Eggert gave an invited talk, “The Dynamic Nature of Metal Resources: The Case of Rare Earths.” He also participated in a post-conference field trip to two materials processing facilities in northern Honshu, Japan’s main island: the Kosaka smelter, which processes both primary mineral concentrates and secondary industrial wastes to recover more than 10 major and minor metals, and a Dowa recycling plant, which disassembles end-of-life television sets, air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines as a first step in recovering and recycling the constituent materials of these household appliances.
CMI AND NATO
The NATO Science and Technology Organization has a continuing interest in rare-earth materials because of their essential uses in defense applications. Professor Rod Eggert represented the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at the October meetings of the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel, in Prague, Czech Republic. He spoke on the current (and volatile) market environment for rare earths. He also is part of an international team developing a two-day lecture series on global supply chains for rare earths, including markets, geoscience, process engineering, materials engineering and manufacturing, and recycling. The lecture series will be delivered in 2016 in several locations in North America and Europe.