Georgia State University researchers invented a cost-competitive efficient method of separating mineable concentrations of heavy rare earth elements from waste generated when mining kaolin deposits in Georgia (GA) and elsewhere. Kaolin is a clay deposit mined to the order of over 7 million tons per year domestically (a $1B industry).
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Market Keywords: rare earth elements; mining; geology