Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo

How sustainable is artisanal cobalt mining in DR Congo? That’s the research question which was addressed in a Nature Sustainability paper by a group of researchers of the University of Lubumbashi in collaboration with a team from KU Leuven.

Why tungsten, niobium and tantalum are critical raw materials

“Critical Raw Materials”, such as the iconic “rare earths”, are gaining more and more attention. Less-known CRMs are tungsten, niobium and tantalum, which are targeted in EU TARANTULA. Martina Orefice (SIM² KU Leuven) investigates why these elements are critical and what TARANTULA can do about that.

T.I.C.’s 60th General Assembly (conference and AGM) on tantalum and niobium

On October 14th to 16th the T.I.C. held its 60th General Assembly (conference and AGM) in Hong Kong SAR, China. This event is the world’s leading international tantalum-niobium conference, and this year, despite the negative journalism about Hong Kong in recent months, over 185 delegates attended from over 100 companies and almost 50 countries.  The …

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New video: The Dark Side of the Circular Economy

“The Dark Side of the Circular Economy” is the title of the ELFM V Symposium Aftermovie (5-2-2020). Referring to the EC’s pending Circular Economy Action Plan the video highlights one major blind spot in this plan. How will we deal with the waste of the past?

Substituting Nd in Nd2Fe14B-based hard magnetic alloys

Within the European ITN EREAN project, researchers from Fraunhofer and TU Darmstadt studied the influence of Ce and La substitution in NdFeB magnets by fast solidification and hydrogen treatments. The results were published in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials and Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

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