Rare Earth Elements (REE) are used in many low carbon technologies, ranging from low energy lighting to permanent magnets in large wind turbines and hybrid cars. They are almost ubiquitous being found in every smartphone and computer, yet 97% of the world's supply comes from a few localities in China. In this project, the UK's geological research experts in rare earth ore deposits team up with leaders in

  • geological fluid compositions and modelling,
  • using fundamental physics and chemistry of minerals to model processes from first principles, and
  • materials engineering expertise in extractive metallurgy.

Read more About Us, or listen to project consortium member Professor Frances Wall explaining more in this short video presentation.

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NERC funding received for SoS Rare

The SoS RARE consortium project has been awarded funding by NERC and EPSRC under the Security of Supply of Mineral Resources (SoS Minerals) science programme, running from 2015 to 2019. The...

Further reading and links to REE information sources:

Geological Society briefing note on rare earths British Geological Survey rare earth profile Elements Volume 8, Number 5 - Rare Earth Elements Wiley, Critical metals handbook,...

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REPORT Workshop 3 - Camborne School of Mines 24/25th March 2014

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Thu 04 Sep 2014

European Rare Earth Resources ERES

Sep 04 / 09:00 until Sep 07 / 17:00

The European conference to discuss all aspects of the rare earth (REE) supply chain, from...

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Geology to Geometallurgy of Critical Rare Earths Workshop 3

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INVITE ONLY The title of this third workshop is ‘Geometallurgy of Rare Earths’. The main problem...

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This SoS Minerals Catalyst project seeks to understand and emulate the conditions that concentrate heavy rare earths but create deposits free from thorium and uranium that create radioactive tailings.