Microorganisms Extract Rare Earth Metals from Phosphate Rock | AIChE

Microorganisms Extract Rare Earth Metals from Phosphate Rock


A team of researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has developed a novel method to recover rare earth elements (REEs) from phosphogypsum, a waste product of phosphate rock mining.

REEs are a class of metallic elements (including neodymium, dysprosium, cerium, yttrium, etc.) that have become essential in the digital age. These metals are used to manufacture electronics such as laptops and cellphones, are present in magnets and lasers, and even play a role in the petrochemical industry.

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