Multidisciplinary research towards a secure and environmentally sustainable supply of critical rare earth elements (Nd and HREE)

  • Smith, Martin (PI)
  • Marquis, Eva (CoI)
  • Wall, Frances (CoI)
  • Broom-Fendley, Sam (CoI)
  • Loye, Edward (CoI)
  • Goodenough, Kathryn M. (CoI)
  • Palumbo-Roe, Barbara (CoI)
  • Gregory, Simon (CoI)
  • Milodowski, Tony (CoI)
  • Yardley, Bruce (CoI)
  • Jha, Animesh (CoI)
  • Banks, David (CoI)
  • Stackhouse, Stephen (CoI)
  • Sanchez-Segado, Sergio (CoI)
  • Cangelosi, Delia (CoI)
  • Harding, John (CoI)
  • Banwart, Steven (CoI)
  • Freeman, Colin (CoI)
  • Romero-Gonzalez, Maria (CoI)
  • Finch, Adrian (CoI)
  • Horsbugh, Nicky (CoI)

    Project Details


    The rare earth elements (REE) are widely used in modern technologies varying from wind turbines to hard disk drives, low energy lighting to electric cars. They are recognised as critical raw materials by the European Commission and other authorities, because of security of supply concerns. Recent work has highlighted neodymium (Nd) and the heavy rare earth elements (HREE) as being most at risk of supply disruption in the near future.

    In this collaborative project (SoS RARE) funded by NERC and EPSRC under the Security of Supply of Mineral Resources (SoS Minerals) science programme, researchers from the University of Brighton worked on formation of ion adsorption deposits. The project aimed to understand the mobility and concentration of Nd and HREE in natural systems, and to investigate new processes that will lower the environmental impact of REE extraction and recovery.

    The research team included 17 investigators from six UK universities and research institutes, with ten industry partners and eight core international research collaborators.

    University of Brighton
    Camborne School of Mines, University of Essex
    British Geological Survey
    University of Leeds
    University of Sheffield
    University of St Andrews

    Colorado School of Mines
    Camborne School of Mines
    GET, Toulouse
    Geological Survey of Japan
    Greenland Rare Earths Project Limited (GREP)
    Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
    McGill University
    Mendel University
    Mkango Resources
    Namibia Rare Earths Inc.
    Oakdene Hollins
    SRK Consulting
    Umwelt- und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden
    University of Sao Paulo
    AcronymSoS RARE
    Effective start/end date1/05/1530/04/19


    • NERC


    • Rare earth element
    • Ore genesis
    • Critical metals
    • Ion Adsorption Deposit


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