Electrodeposition for cleaner REM recovery

SCIENTISTS in Victoria and the Spanish city of Bilbao have worked out a cleaner and simpler way to extract and process rare earth metals that does not generate the same levels of toxic and radioactive waste as current extraction methods.

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Dr Cristina Polo-Gonzalo (left) supervising a PhD student.

The improved process uses advanced electrolytes known as ionic liquids to recover the rare earth metals from the resulting solution by electrodeposition, which sends out a low electric current that