Scientists developing climate-friendly method to process ‘rare earth’ minerals; could make U.S. less reliant on foreign metals

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A Case Western Reserve scientist is working on a sustainable way to chemically transform so-called “rare earth” minerals into metals for renewable energy applications.

If successful, the new process could one day help increase American production of the metals, which are now primarily imported from China. Rare earth metals are crucial for making not only wind turbines and electric cars, but also items like smartphones, computer screens and telescopic lenses.

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