The rare earth elements (REEs) are found today in catalytic convertors, plasma TVs, wind turbines, smartphones, and other high-tech applications from electronics to medicine. They have unique properties that make them indispensible for a plethora technological applications.
REEs are not traditional commodities, rather they are speciality chemical products which need to be developed for specific end uses. Metallurgy, therefore, is critical to the business of rare earths. The recovery of the individual rare earth oxides and conversion into saleable products is where the challenge lies.
This symposium will address:
- REE geology and geochemistry
- Ore dressing and separation technology
- Hydrometallurgical processing of rare earths
- Physical metallurgy of rare earths
- Preparation of metals, alloys and high purity metals
- Thorium management
- Rare earth economics.
Ian London, (Chair), Avalon Rare Metals,
Mandeep S. Rayat, Avalon Rare Metals,
Dimitri Psaras, Neo Material Technologies
Niels Verbaan, SGS Minerals Services - Lakefield
Jack Zhang, Saskatchewan Research Council
Georgiana Moldoveanu, University of Toronto
John Goode, J.R. Goode and Associates Metallurgical Consulting
In-Ho Jung, McGill University
Sponsored by the Environment Section of MetSoc and Avalon Rare Metals Inc.