Sample records for aqueous rare earth

  1. Uranium, thorium and rare earth extraction and separation process by processing their chloride aqueous solutions

    The different steps of the process are the following: uranium and iron extraction by a neutral organic phosphorus compound and thorium and rare earth recovery in an aqueous solution, iron recovery in acid aqueous phase, concentration of the thorium and rare earth aqueous solution followed by thorium extraction with a organic phosphorus compound and rare earth recovery in the aqueous phase, thorium recovery in acid aqueous phase

  2. Rare earths in barites: distribution and effects on aqueous partitioning

    A large variety of barites collected from marine and continental environments was analyzed by neutron activation for the rare-earth elements (REE) La, Ce, Sm, Eu and Dy. Relative to chondrites all barites show a decrease of the lighter REE from La toward Eu. The abundance and distribution of rare earths in barites show a distinction of barite types. Deep-sea barites have large REE concentrations as do other authigenic deep-sea minerals and display the chondrite normalized Eu minimum, but not the negative Ce anomaly, of sea water. Other barites, mostly on land, some hydrothermal, and others of shallow marine origin, display lower total Ree concentrations. Chondrite normalized positive Eu anomalies are displayed by those varieties of reducing sedimentary and metamorphic origin. Distribution of REE in barite can be attributed both to crystallographic constraints of substitution and to solution complexing of REE in the precipitating medium. Plots of rare earth partitioning versus effective ion size suggest that the decreasing enrichment toward Eu for all barite types is caused by crystallographic constraints due to contraction of the substituting REE ion sizes relative to the size of the host Ba ion. Solution effects on REE substitution in barite can be evaluated. Under normal sea water conditions, solution complexing plays a minor role. However, increased alkalinities of reducing sediments and increased brine chlorinities could cause significant complexing and deplete REE heavier than Eu. Besides Dy in barites, this could be true for aqueous precipitation of REE in general. (author)

  3. Rare earths

    General mineralogical-geochemical and analytical characteristics of (lanthanides and yttrium) are presented. It is pointed out that individual RE in complex chemical composition samples are successfully determined by physical methods of the analysis (emission spectral method, spark mass spectrometry method, neutron + activation analysis). RE sum determination is performed by spectrophotometric titrimetric or gravimetric methods. Principal methods of RE separation and concentration, methods of analytical samples dissolution are considered. Detailed descriptions of some specific techniques of determining rare earths in rocks, ores and minerals are presented

  4. Rare Earth Market Review


    @@ Oversupply of rare earths led to the significant price drop of rare earth mineral products and separated products in Chinese domestic market. To stabilize the price, prevent waste of resources, further improve regulation capability on domestic rare earth market and rare earth price and maintain sustaining and healthy development of rare earth industry, partial rare earth producers in Baotou and Jiangxi province projected to cease the production for one month.

  5. Rare Earth Resolution

    Mei Xinyu


    BEFORE the early 1970s, China had no rare earth exports, and the world rare earth market was dominated by the United States, Europe and Japan. In the 1970s, China began to enter the world rare earth market and its share has picked up sharply in the following decades. Today, having the monopoly over global rare earth production, China must improve the benefits from rare earth production, not only from producing individual rare earth products, but also from mastering the intensive processing of rare earth products.

  6. Extraction-photometric determination of rare earths with carrying out of colour reaction in aqueous-organic medium

    The accelerated and safe technique of rare earths (REE) determination in mineral raW materials and products of their processing of complex chemical composition is developed. The technique envisages break-down of the sample weighed amount by treatment with the mixtures of acids at heating, extraction of REE with technical mixture of fatty acids C7-C9 and subsequent determination of REE microamounts in the extract. The coloured reaction of REE with arsenazo 3 is carried out in aqueous-organic solution which is prepared when mixing the extract with ice acetic and 0.01 M hydrochloric acids

  7. Spectrophotometric determination of Rare Earth Elements in aqueous nitric acid solutions for process control.

    Rodionova, Oxana Ye; Tikhomirova, Tatyana I; Pomerantsev, Alexey L


    Noninvasive analytical control is of special interest for the complicated and hazardous production processes. On-line monitoring provides a unique opportunity to determine critical concentrations rapidly and without serious risks to operating personnel and the environment. Models for quantitative determination of concentrations of Rare Earth Elements in complex mixtures in nitric acid serve for these purposes. Here, the feasibility of simultaneous determination of cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium using the whole UV-vis spectroscopic range, together with chemometric data processing, is studied. The predictability of two chemometric techniques, partial least squares regression and correlation constrained multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares are compared. Models' performances are analyzed in out-of-control cases. PMID:25818140

  8. Solvent extraction of rare earth(3) nitrates with dioctylisoamylphosphine oxide from aqueous solutions

    Distribution of lanthanide(3) and yttrium(3) nitrates (Re(3)) between their aqueous solutions and 30% solution of dioctylisoamylphosphine oxide (DOIAPO, S) in kerosene and n-pentadecane at 298.15 K, pH 2 is studied. Production of [Ln(NO3)3S3] composition solvates is ascertained. Equations for describing isotherms of Re(3)DOIAPO nitrate extraction under a broad variation of aqueous and organic phase composition are proposed. Values of phase extraction equilibria constants are determined. It is ascertained that extraction constant values grow under transition from lanthanum(3) to europium(3), and then are reduced under transition from gadolinium(3) to lutetium(3). Extraction constant value for yttrium is between extraction constant values for thulium(3) and ytterbium(3). 14 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs

  9. Afganistan and rare earths

    Emilian M. Dobrescu; Edith Mihaela Dobre


    On our planet, over a quarter of new technologies for the economic production of industrial goods, are using rare earths, which are also called critical minerals and industries that rely on these precious items being worth of an estimated nearly five trillion dollars, or 5 percent of world gross domestic product. In the near future, competition will increase for the control of rare earth minerals embedded in high-tech products. Rare minerals are in the twenty-first century what oil accounted ...

  10. Thermodynamic studies on the interaction between some amino acids with some rare earth metal ions in aqueous solutions

    Mohamed, AbdAllah A.; Bakr, Moustafa F.; Abd El-Fattah, Khaled A


    The interactions between the amino acids (glycine and L-threonine) with some rare earth metal ions (Pr{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+}) were studied at a wide range from ionic strengths (0.07-0.32 M KNO{sub 3}) and temperatures (25-45 deg. C) in aqueous solutions by using Bjerrum potentiometric method. The stoichiometric and thermodynamic stability constants were calculated as well as the standard thermodynamic parameters ({delta}G deg., {delta}H deg. and {delta}S deg. ) for all possible reactions that occur. The degree of formation (n-bar) for all studied systems was determined and discussed. The thermodynamic parameters differences ({delta}{delta}G deg., {delta}{delta}H deg. and {delta}{delta}S deg. ) were calculated and discussed to determine the factors which control these complexation processes from the thermodynamic point of view.

  11. Rare (Earth Elements [score

    Camilo Méndez


    Full Text Available Rare (Earth Elements is a cycle of works for solo piano. The cycle was inspired by James Dillon’s Book of Elements (Vol. I-V. The complete cycle will consist of 14 pieces; one for each selected rare (earth element. The chosen elements are Neodymium, Erbium, Tellurium, Hafnium, Tantalum, Technetium, Indium, Dysprosium, Lanthanium, Cerium, Europium, Terbium, Yttrium and Darmstadtium. These elements were selected due to their special atomic properties that in many cases make them extremely valuable for the development of new technologies, and also because of their scarcity. To date, only 4 works have been completed Yttrium, Technetium, Indium and Tellurium.

  12. Magnetic rare earth superlattices

    Majkrzak, C.F.; Kwo, J.; Hong, M.;


    Advances in molecular beam epitaxy deposition techniques have recently made it possible to grow, an atomic plane at a time, single crystalline superlattices composed of alternating layers of a magnetic rare earth, such as Gd, Dy, Ho, or Er, and metallic Y, which has an identical chemical structure...

  13. Afganistan and rare earths

    Emilian M. Dobrescu


    Full Text Available On our planet, over a quarter of new technologies for the economic production of industrial goods, are using rare earths, which are also called critical minerals and industries that rely on these precious items being worth of an estimated nearly five trillion dollars, or 5 percent of world gross domestic product. In the near future, competition will increase for the control of rare earth minerals embedded in high-tech products. Rare minerals are in the twenty-first century what oil accounted for in the twentieth century and coal in the nineteenth century: the engine of a new industrial revolution. Future energy will be produced increasingly by more sophisticated technological equipment based not just on steel and concrete, but incorporating significant quantities of metals and rare earths. Widespread application of these technologies will result in an exponential increase in demand for such minerals, and what is worrying is that minerals of this type are almost nowhere to be found in Europe and in other industrialized countries in the world, such as U.S. and Japan, but only in some Asian countries, like China and Afghanistan.

  14. China Rare Earth Market Review


    @@ Active demands from downstream industry drove the price rise of rare earth products in Chinese domestic marketrecently, particularly didymium and dysprosium products. Prices of other rare earth products remained stable.

  15. China Rare Earth Market Review


    @@ February, 2010 Rare earth separation plants and downstream producers like NdFeB magnetic materials and phosphor materials successively ceased production due to Spring Festival, Chinese New Year. Transactions in rare earth market were few affected by public holidays.

  16. 2004 China Rare Earth Review


    production1. Rare Earth MineralsIn 2004, output of rare earth minerals kept on increasing,approached 98,300 tons including Baotou ore 46,600 tons,Sichuan ore 21,700 tons and ion adsorption rare earth ore30,000 tons (calculated by REO, following the same),increasing 6.84% over previous year (Table 1).Table 1 Constitution of Chinese Rare Earth Mineralsin 2004 (REO, ton)OutputTotalMixed RE Ore46,600Ion AdsorptionRE Ore30,000Bastnaesite21,70198,3102. Rare Earth Smelted and Separated ProductsProduction of rare e...

  17. China Rare Earth Market Review


    @@ Supply of rare earth concentrate remained tight recently. Rare earth market exhibited rising tendency holistically Affected by tight supply of rare earth concentrate, many plants were operated under the capacity. Supply of didymium oxide got tighter and the price was on rising.

  18. Japanese Rare Earth Market


    Since China cancelled export rebate in May this year,prices of magnetic materials related rare earth productscontinuously rose. Increasing production cost is largelyattributed to investment in environmental protectionequipments. Prices of Nd and Dy metals rose 20~30% over thebeginning of this year.Price of Nd was USD 11.5 - 12/Kg from USD 9/Kg at theend of 2004, up 30%. Price of Dy rose to USD 65- 70/Kg fromUSD 50/Kg early this year, up 20%. Price of Pr climbed to USD13.5 - 14/Kg from USD 11/Kg, up 30%. Pri...

  19. Magnetic rare earth superlattices

    Majkrzak, C.F.; Kwo, J.; Hong, M.; Yafet, Y.; Gibbs, D.; Chien, C.L.; Bohr, Jakob


    Advances in molecular beam epitaxy deposition techniques have recently made it possible to grow, an atomic plane at a time, single crystalline superlattices composed of alternating layers of a magnetic rare earth, such as Gd, Dy, Ho, or Er, and metallic Y, which has an identical chemical structure....... The primary goal of this article is to review the new and interesting magnetic structures which have been discovered in these novel superlattice systems and to consider what implications the observed phases have on our understanding of the underlying microscopic magnetic interactions. In particular......, the effects of the artificial periodicity or compositional modulation, finite layer thickness, and epitaxial strain on the resulting long range magnetic order of Gd-Y, Dy-Y, Ho-Y, Er-Y, and Gd-Dy superlattices are described....

  20. Rare earth ferrosilicon alloy

    In order to obtain RE ferrosilicon alloy with good quality and competitive price, it is essential that proper choice of raw materials, processing technology and equipments should be made based on the characteristics of Bai-Yun-Ebo mineral deposits. Experimental work and actual production practice indicate that pyrometallurgical method is suitable for the extraction and isolation of the rare earths and comprehensive utilization of the metal values contained in the feed material is capable of reducing cost of production of RE ferrosilicon alloy. In the Bai-Yun-Ebo deposit, the fluorite type medium lean ore (with respect to iron content) makes a reserve of considerable size. The average content of the chief constituents are given

  1. China rare earth market review


    November 1-10, 2012 Some key rare earth producers had paused production since the last ten day period of October in order to retain normal production and market order and stabilize rare earth prices. The production suspension measure by the plants together with severe cracking down on illegal mining by the government had some influence on sluggish market recently. Data showed rapid price increase of major rare earth products after sharp decline previously.

  2. China rare earth market review


    June 20-30 2012 Affected by a sustained slump in the demand from downstream industries, rare earth market remained flat recently. There were not many inquiries for rare earth products in the spot market. Consumers lacked of confidence in the future market. As for the downstream industries, the market of NdFeB magnetic materials and phosphors were in the doldrums. Ceramic, catalyst and polishing powder industries maintained weak. Affected by the global economy, export market of rare earth was weak.

  3. China rare earth market review


    October 21-31,2012 Recently, dealings of rare earth remained stagnant. Consumers hesitated to increase their stocks for the fear of further decline in rare earth prices. It was difficult for suppliers to sell products and they had reduced quotations to attract buyers. It did not show demand from end users could rebound in short terms. Dealings of rare earth products in spot market were few. The market of NdFeB magnetic materials, phosphors, catalysts, polishing powders and ceramics remained sluggish. There was no sign of picking up in world economy. Export market of rare earths maintained inactive.

  4. China Rare Earth Market Review


    Rare earth market remained sluggish and quiet holistically recently. Didymium-related market was quiet and the consumers were hesitating in replenishing their inventories. Inquiries for dysprosium-related products were few and the transactions were inactive, Demand for europium oxide (99.99%) was weak and the trade was far from brisk. Baogang Rare Earth suspended production, which has a positive effect in stabilizing the whole rare earth market. But prices of rare earth products did not go up rapidly. This means there were still large inventories in the market.

  5. China's rare-earth industry

    Tse, Pui-Kwan


    Introduction China's dominant position as the producer of over 95 percent of the world output of rare-earth minerals and rapid increases in the consumption of rare earths owing to the emergence of new clean-energy and defense-related technologies, combined with China's decisions to restrict exports of rare earths, have resulted in heightened concerns about the future availability of rare earths. As a result, industrial countries such as Japan, the United States, and countries of the European Union face tighter supplies and higher prices for rare earths. This paper briefly reviews China's rare-earth production, consumption, and reserves and the important policies and regulations regarding the production and trade of rare earths, including recently announced export quotas. The 15 lanthanide elements-lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium (atomic numbers 57-71)-were originally known as the rare earths from their occurrence in oxides mixtures. Recently, some researchers have included two other elements-scandium and yttrium-in their discussion of rare earths. Yttrium (atomic number 39), which lies above lanthanum in transition group III of the periodic table and has a similar 3+ ion with a noble gas core, has both atomic and ionic radii similar in size to those of terbium and dysprosium and is generally found in nature with lanthanides. Scandium (atomic number 21) has a smaller ionic radius than yttrium and the lanthanides, and its chemical behavior is intermediate between that of aluminum and the lanthanides. It is found in nature with the lanthanides and yttrium. Rare earths are used widely in high-technology and clean-energy products because they impart special properties of magnetism, luminescence, and strength. Rare earths are also used in weapon systems to obtain the same properties.

  6. Rare earths 1998 market update

    The rare earth industry has always been a world of rapid change with the emergence of new markets, new ores and new players, as well as the disappearance of old applications. Rare earth based products are used in a great diversity of applications such as hard disk drives, CD drives, batteries, capacitors, pigments, ceramics, polishing powders, fuel cells, flints, catalyst converter, fluid cracking catalysts, etc. South East Asia holds the largest share of the known reserve of rare earth ores and is one of the major markets for rare earth compounds; in the last ten years, China has become the largest producer of rare earth intermediates as well as an important exporter of separated rare earth elements. Today, China has approximately 150 factories producing rare earth compounds, most of which are experiencing financial difficulties due to the lack of knowledge of true market needs, lack of control of their distribution channels and production over-capacity. Recently the Chinese rare earth producers have recognized the situation and efforts are underway to rationalize rare earth production. Japan has dominated many of the major application markets, and is by far the largest market for metal and alloy products. This will remain the case for the next five years; however, new countries are emerging as significant users of rare earth products such as Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. During the last ten years rare earth producers adjusted to several radical changes that affected the raw materials, the application mix and the price structure. New producers have emerged, especially from China; some have subsequently stopped their activities while others have focused their efforts in a specific market segment

  7. Effect of Rare Earth Oxide Content on Nanograined Base Metal Electrode Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Powder Prepared by Aqueous Chemical Coating Method

    Zhang, Yichi; Wang, Xiaohui; Kim, Jinyong; Li, Longtu


    The aqueous chemical coating route is highly effective in preparing BaTiO3 nanoparticles uniformly coated with additives. Such nanoparticles can be used to produce nano-grained temperature stable BaTiO3 ceramics with core-shell structure, fulfilling the need of next-generation ultrathin layer base metal electrode (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Rare earth oxides are an important class of additives owing to their ability to fulfill both donor and acceptor roles. In this paper, the effects of Y2O3 and Ho2O3 co-dopant content on dielectric and microstructural properties were investigated. By applying chemical coating, BaTiO3-based high performance temperature stabilized ceramics with the average grain size of about 130 nm, which met the requirement of next generation BME MLCCs, were obtained.

  8. The Not-So-Rare Earths.

    Muecke, Gunter K.; Moller, Peter


    Describes the characteristics of rare earth elements. Details the physical chemistry of rare earths. Reviews the history of rare earth chemistry and mineralogy. Discusses the mineralogy and crystallography of the formation of rare earth laden minerals found in the earth's crust. Characterizes the geologic history of rare earth elements. (CW)

  9. Phase stable rare earth garnets

    Kuntz, Joshua D.; Cherepy, Nerine J.; Roberts, Jeffery J.; Payne, Stephen A.


    A transparent ceramic according to one embodiment includes a rare earth garnet comprising A.sub.hB.sub.iC.sub.jO.sub.12, where h is 3.+-.10%, i is 2.+-.10%, and j is 3.+-.10%. A includes a rare earth element or a mixture of rare earth elements, B includes at least one of aluminum, gallium and scandium, and C includes at least one of aluminum, gallium and scandium, where A is at a dodecahedral site of the garnet, B is at an octahedral site of the garnet, and C is at a tetrahedral site of the garnet. In one embodiment, the rare earth garment has scintillation properties. A radiation detector in one embodiment includes a transparent ceramic as described above and a photo detector optically coupled to the rare earth garnet.

  10. On the Rare Earth Frontier

    Klinger, Julie Michelle


    Rare earth elements are not rare at all. They are essential for the hardware of contemporary life as we know it, every contemporary industrialized society depends on them, and there are no known alternatives. Yet the geography of their production is strange. In 2009, China accounted for 97% percent of global production, with the majority coming from the Bayan Obo mine operated by the state-owned enterprise Baotou Rare Earth Group on the southern Mongolian steppe. When gradually intensifyin...

  11. Processing of rare earth concentrates

    Pamela Alex; R. C. Hubli; A.K. Suri


    The paper describes process details for extraction of rare earths from an intermediate grade concentrate of Madhya Pradesh region in India and a South African slag. The xenotime concentrate obtained from the former place was an intermediate grade (47%) rare earth phosphate containing both monazite and xenotime. The South African slag was a low-grade waste product typically containing only 4% of rare earths. The rare earth resource concentrates have been treated individually by different methods such as alkali fusion and alkali leaching to convert them into their mixed oxides. Both types of materials have been processed and greater than 98% solubilization of metal values has been achieved in the intermediate grade xenotime and 80% from the South African slag. The residue of xenotime hydroxide has been washed thoroughly to collect the sodium phosphate, as by-product and the slurry pH have been adjusted to separate rare earths from thorium effectively. Other impurities such as uranium and iron have been removed by precipitation of rare earths by oxalic acid. It has been possible to recover >95% yttrium along with other rare earth oxides.

  12. IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 100. Rare Earth Metal Fluorides in Water and Aqueous Systems. Part 3. Heavy Lanthanides (Gd–Lu)

    Mioduski, Tomasz [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, 03195 Warszawa (Poland); Gumiński, Cezary, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, 02093 Warszawa (Poland); Zeng, Dewen, E-mail: [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)


    This is the third part of the volume devoted to solubility data for the rare earth metal (REM) fluorides in water and in aqueous ternary and multicomponent systems. It covers experimental results of trivalent fluorides of Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu (so-called heavy lanthanides), since no quantitative data on solubilities of TbF{sub 4} and YbF{sub 2} (the most stable compounds at these valencies) are available. The related literature has been covered through the end of 2014. Compilations of all available papers with the solubility data are introduced for each REM fluoride with a corresponding critical evaluation. Every such assessment contains a collection of all solubility results in aqueous solution, a selection of suggested solubility data, a solubility equation, and a brief discussion of the multicomponent systems. Only simple fluorides (no complexes or double salts) are treated as the input substances in this report. General features of the systems, such as nature of the equilibrium solid phases, solubility as a function of temperature, influence of ionic strength, solution pH, mixed solvent medium on the solubility, quality of the solubility results, and the solubility as a function of REM atomic number, have already been presented in Part 1 of the volume.

  13. Rare earth industries: Downstream business

    The value chain of the rare earths business involves mining, extraction, processing, refining and the manufacture of an extensive range of downstream products which find wide applications in such industries including aerospace, consumer electronics, medical, military, automotive, renewable wind and solar energy and telecommunications. In fact the entire gamut of the high-tech industries depends on a sustainable supply of rare earths elements. The explosive demand in mobile phones is an excellent illustration of the massive potential that the rare earths business offers. In a matter of less than 20 years, the number of cell phones worldwide has reached a staggering 5 billion. Soon, going by the report of their growth in sales, the world demand for cell phones may even exceed the global population. Admittedly, the rare earths business does pose certain risks. Top among the risks are the health and safety risks. The mining, extraction and refining of rare earths produce residues and wastes which carry health and safety risks. The residues from the extraction and refining are radioactive, while their effluent waste streams do pose pollution risks to the receiving rivers and waterways. But, as clearly elaborated in a recent report by IAEA experts, there are technologies and systems available to efficiently mitigate such risks. The risks are Rare Earth manageable. However, it is crucial that the risk and waste management procedures are strictly followed and adhered to. This is where effective monitoring and surveillance throughout the life of all such rare earths facilities is crucial. Fortunately, Malaysia's regulatory standards on rare earths follow international standards. In some areas, Malaysia's regulatory regime is even more stringent than the international guidelines. (author)

  14. China Rare Earth Holdings Limited


    China Rare Earth Holdings Limited is a large trans-area corporation and a public company listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Name: China Rare Earth, Code: 0769), with headquarter in Hong Kong. Located on the bank of beautiful Taihu Lake, the subsidiary in Yinxing covers area of 200,000 m2. It has nearly 1,000 employees, 30% of whom are technical staffs. After self-administration and effort, the company passed ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14000 Certificaitons.

  15. Removal of ammonia from aqueous solutions by catalytic oxidation with copper-based rare earth composite metal materials: catalytic performance, characterization, and cytotoxicity evaluation

    Chang-Mao Hung


    Ammonia (NH3) has an important use in the chemical industry and is widely found in industrial wastewater.For this investigation of copper-based rare earth composite metal materials,aqueous solutions containing 400 mg/L of ammonia were oxidized in a batch-bed reactor with a catalyst prepared by the co-precipitation of copper nitrate,lanthanum nitrate and cerium nitrate.Barely any of the dissolved ammonia was removed by wet oxidation without a catalyst,but about 88% of the ammonia was reduced during wet oxidation over the catalysts at 423 K with an oxygen partial pressure of 4.0 MPa.The catalytic redox behavior was determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV).Furthermore,the catalysts were characterized using thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX),which showed that the catalytic behavior was related to the metal oxide properties of the catalyst.In addition,the copper-lanthanum-cerium composite-induced cytotoxicity in the human lung MRC-5 cell line was tested,and the percentage cell survival was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetra-zolium (MTS) analysis in vitro.No apparent cytotoxicity was observed when the human lung cells were exposed to the copper-lanthanum-cerium composite.

  16. Rare Earth Separation in China


    During the last decade, China rare earth (RE) industry has made significant progress and become one of the most important producers in the world. In this paper, the recent developments in both fundamental research and industrial application are briefly reviewed: (1) the development and application of Theory of Countercurrent Extraction, (2) the novel solvent extraction process and its application in industry for separating heavy rare earth elements (Tm, Yb, Lu), yttrium (Y), and scandium (Sc), (3) the on-line analysis and automatic control of countercurrent extraction, (4) the eco-friendly process for RE/Th separation of bastnasite in Sichuan Province and electrochemical process for Eu/RE separation, and (5) the optimized flowcharts for typical rare earth minerals in China.

  17. Development Trend of Rare Earth Standardion Work

    Ma Jie; Lin Jirong; Zhao Fei; Zhang Xiuyan


    Rare earth standardization was developed along with rare earth industry.In recent decades, great advances have been made in China rare earth industry.This paper describes the status of rare earth standardization, problems existed and ways to perfect.Now the number of Chinese Rare Earth Standards has increased to 232 with expanding of the categories and covering scope of rare earth products.But the present standard system cannot be completely suited with rare earth production and trade, and not keep pace with the advance of technology.Standards are important rules in world trade and must be acted on.

  18. Sulfochrome interaction with rare earths

    The reactions between 3,3'-dimethyl-4hydroxyfuchson-4'.(5,5'-dicarboxy-2'',4''-disulfonic acid as its diammonium salt (sulfochrom, SC) and the rare earths have been studied spectrophotometrically in the absence and in the presence of o-phenanthroline (Phen). Regions have been found for the existance of two-component and mixed complexes as dependent of the pH and the serial number of the rare earth. The slope analysis has shown that the molar ratio of the components in the mixed-ligand compound is M:SC:Phen=1:2:2. A procedure is suggested of determining some elements of the yttrium subgroup in the presence of the cerium subgroup elements

  19. Rare Earth Optical Temperature Sensor

    Chubb, Donald L.; Wolford, David S.


    A new optical temperature sensor suitable for high temperatures (greater than 1700 K) and harsh environments is introduced. The key component of the sensor is the rare earth material contained at the end of a sensor that is in contact with the sample being measured. The measured narrow wavelength band emission from the rare earth is used to deduce the sample temperature. A simplified relation between the temperature and measured radiation was verified experimentally. The upper temperature limit of the sensor is determined by material limits to be approximately 2000 C. The lower limit, determined by the minimum detectable radiation, is found to be approximately 700 K. At high temperatures 1 K resolution is predicted. Also, millisecond response times are calculated.

  20. Rare earth industries: Upstream business

    Evidently, many factors contribute to the rush to invest in the unprecedented revival of rare earths. One major reason has to do with the rapidly growing world demand. The other reason relates to the attractive price of rare earths which is projected to stay strong in the coming years. This is because supply is predicted to have difficulty keeping pace with demand. Experts believe a major driver of global rare earths demand is the forecasted expansion in the green economy. Climate change is a major driver of the green economy. With climate change, there is concern that the uncontrolled emission of the greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, can lead to catastrophic consequences for the world. This has been documented in countless studies and reports. Another important driver of the green economy is the growing shortfall in many resources. The world is now experiencing declines in key resources to meet a growing global demand. With more than 6 billion people now in the world and growing, the pressure exerted on global resources including energy, water and food is a major concern. Recent demand surge in China and India has dented the supply position of major world resources. The much quoted Stern Report from the UK has warned that, unless immediate steps are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it may be a costly exercise to undertake the corrections later. Since energy use, especially fossil fuels, is a major contributor to climate change, greener options are being sought. Add to that the fact that the fossil energy resources of the world are declining, the need to seek alternatives becomes even more urgent. One option is to change to renewable energy sources. These include such potentials as solar, wind and biomass. Rare earths have somehow become a critical feature of the technologies in such renewable. Another option is to improve the efficient use of energy in transport, buildings and all the other energy intensive industries. Again the technologies in

  1. Rare Earths and Magnetic Refrigeration


    Magnetic refrigeration is a revolutionary, efficient, environmentally friendly cooling technology, which is on the threshold of commercialization. The magnetic rare earth materials are utilized as the magnetic refrigerants in most cooling devices, and for many cooling application the Nd2Fe14B permanent magnets are employed as the source of the magnetic field. The status of the near room temperature magnetic cooling was reviewed.

  2. Rare Earth Oxide Thin Films

    Fanciulli, Marco


    Thin rare earth (RE) oxide films are emerging materials for microelectronic, nanoelectronic, and spintronic applications. The state-of-the-art of thin film deposition techniques as well as the structural, physical, chemical, and electrical properties of thin RE oxide films and of their interface with semiconducting substrates are discussed. The aim is to identify proper methodologies for the development of RE oxides thin films and to evaluate their effectiveness as innovative materials in different applications.

  3. Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths


    @@ Established in 1963, Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths is the largest comprehensive institute engaging in R (εt) D and application of rare Dr. Zhao Zengqi. President of BRIRE earths in China.

  4. 2006 Rare Earth Export Quota


    @@ According to correlative stipulations in "Goods Import εt Export Administrating Statute of P.R.C", 2006export quota for important industrial products was issued by the Ministry of Commerce of P.R.C. on December 30th of 2005. Export quota of rare earth products is 45,000 tons. It is said the quota will be distributed in two batches. The first batch of quota will reach 70-80% of the total with 21,700 - 24,800tons for domestic companies and 10,500 - 12,000 tons for foreign invested companies. Quota will be distributed to relevant enterprises directly in recent days.

  5. Rare earths, the lanthanides, yttrium and scandium

    Hedrick, J.B.


    In 2005, rare earths were not mined in the United States. The major supplier, Molycorp, continued to maintain a large stockpile of rare-earth concentrates and compounds. Consumption decreased of refined rare-earth products. The United States remained a major importer and exporter of rare earths in 2005. During the same period, yttrium was not mined or refined in the US. Hence, supply of yttrium compounds for refined yttrium products came from China, France and Japan. Scandium was not also mined. World production was primarily in China, Russia and Ukraine. Demand for rare earths in 2006 is expected to be closely tied to economic conditions in the US.

  6. Research on Rare Earth Encapsulated Luminescent Material

    Yu Zhiwei; Liu Chengdong; Qi Xiaopeng


    A new method of preparation of irradiative material by using rare earth as luminophor and inorganic powder as base nucleus was presented.Rare earth was used to make colloid, which was mixed with base nucleus solution,where deposition/attachment reaction took place and rare earth was adhered onto the surface of base nucleus, hence yielding a new rare earth encapsulated irradiative material.Fluorescent spectrum analysis shows that this material possesses two emission peaks, one within 400 ~ 500 nm and the other within 580 ~ 700 nm, reflecting the luminous characteristics of original rare earth material.

  7. The Chinese Society of Rare Earth is Studying The Feasibility of Marketing Rare Earth Futures


    Lin Donglu,secretary-general of the Chinese Society of Rare Earth recently said,the Chinese Society of Rare Earth undertook the research on subject of the National Social Science Fund Foundation on the reform of Chinese rare earth trading pricing mechanism on promoting RMB globalization,and is focusing on studying the feasibility of marketing rare earth futures variety.

  8. Refining of light rare, rare earth and radioactive metals

    Overview of technologies for the production of high-purity light rare, rare earth, radioactive metals and their compounds: electrolytic refining, vacuum distillation, electron-beam and zone melting, directed crystallization, electrotransfer, extraction, ion exchange

  9. Laser emission spectrography of rare earth elements

    Emission spectrography of rare earth elements in several matrixes is studied by using a Q-switched ruby laser as an exciting source for macro analysis. The emission intensities of rare earth elements are considerably affected by the matrixes. The emission intensities of rare earth elements are most intense in sodium chloride matrix, but fairly suppressed in sodium sulfate matrix. Scandium, yttrium, europium, and ytterbium, in sodium chloride matrix are detected down to concentrations of ppm order with one laser shot. The emission intensities of rare earth elements in refractory oxides, such as aluminum oxide or rate earth oxides, are about two orders of magnitude less than those in sodium chloride matrix. (auth.)

  10. Rare earth industries: Strategies for Malaysia

    Evidently, many reports cite Malaysia as having reasonably substantial amounts of rare earths elements. In fact, based on the rare earths found in the residual tin deposits alone, Malaysia has about 30,000 tonnes. This does not take into account unmapped deposits which experts believe may offer more tonnages of rare earths. Brazil which is reported to have about 48,000 tonnes has announced plans to invest aggressively in the rare earths business. China has on record the largest reserves with about 36 million tonnes. This explains why China has invested heavily in the entire value chain of the rare earths business. Chinas committed investment in rare earths started many years ago when the country's foremost leaders proclaimed the strategic position of rare earths in the world economy. That forecast is now a reality where the rise in the green high-tech economy is seen driving global demand for rare earths in a big way. Malaysia needs to discover and venture into new economic growth areas. This will help fuel the country's drive to achieve a high income status by 2020 as articulated in the New Economic Model (NEM) and the many supporting Economic Transformation Plans that the Government has recently launched. Rare earths may be the new growth area for Malaysia. However, the business opportunities should not just be confined to the mining, extraction and production of rare earths elements alone if Malaysia is to maximise benefits from this industry. The industry's gold mine is in the downstream products. This is also the sector that China wants to expand. Japan which now controls about 50 % of the global market for downstream rare earths-based high-tech components is desperately looking for partners to grow their stake in the business. Malaysia needs to embark on the right strategies in order to build the rare earths industry in the country. What are the strategies? (author)

  11. Rare earth - no case for government intervention

    Georg Zachmann


    China has officially restricted exports of rare earth for several years and announced this year it will further tighten exports. Rare earth is a group of 17 different metals, usually found clustered together. These metals have hundreds of different industry applications. For example, they are used in certain high capacity magnets, batteries and lasers. As the rare earth elements are used in sectors that are assumed to have an over-proportionate growth potential (eg. green-technology), policy ...

  12. Review on Rare Earth/Polymer Composite

    刘力; 张立群; 赵素合; 金日光; 刘美琳


    The special properties of rare earth/polymer composite were described. More emph asis was put on the radiation shielding and magnetic properties. In the applicat ion to X-ray shielding, rare earth/polymer composite can make up the feeble abs o rbing area. If the rare earth content is high enough, it can demonstrate strong ability for thermal neutron absorption; The composite has strong paramagnetism. The feasibility of preparing magnetic rare earth/polymer composite was discussed . In addition, three preparation methods were introduced: simple polymerization, mixing and reaction processing. The effect of the rare earth/polymer composites pre -sturcture and the coordinate number of rare earth ions on the light property w as a nalyzed. Rare earth/polymer composite may have the structure and property simlar to those of the ionomer. The feasibility of the in-situ preparation of the rare earth/polymer nano structure is indicated. Besides, the relationship betwe en structure and properties of the rare earth/polymer composite was discussed. T he problems associated with such composite materials were also presented.

  13. Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential

    Barker, James C.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.


    Alaska’s known mineral endowment includes some of the largest and highest grade deposits of various metals, including gold, copper and zinc. Recently, Alaska has also been active in the worldwide search for sources of rare earth elements (REE) to replace exports now being limitedby China. Driven by limited supply of the rare earths, combined with their increasing use in new ‘green’ energy, lighting, transportation, and many other technological applications, the rare earth metals neodymium, europium and, in particular, the heavy rare earth elements terbium, dysprosium and yttrium are forecast to soon be in critical short supply (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010).

  14. Global rare earth resources and scenarios of future rare earth industry

    CHEN Zhanheng


    It is known to all that China is abundant in rare earth resources. But rare earth deposits are really not that rare in the earth crust. In the five continents, i.e. Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and Africa, there are about thirty four countries found to have rare earth deposits; Brazil might surpass China and rank the first in rare earth deposits. At present, investment in rare earth production was surged,there have been about 200 projects, and the total production for 25 of them would be more than 170 thousand tons after 2015, a multi-supply system on rare earths is being established worldwide. Cautions on the investment of rare earth production are involved.

  15. 2nd conference on rare earths

    The conference heard a total of 16 papers of which 8 were incorporated in INIS, namely those dealing with the separation of rare earths from mineral raw materials (Kola apatite, bastnaesite ore), the best methods of preparing rare earth compounds for the production of polishing powders, and design of an experimental mixer-settler. (E.S.)

  16. Theory of Rare-Earth Alloys

    Lindgård, Per-Anker


    A mean-field random alloy theory combined with a simple calculation of the exchange interaction J(c,Q) is shown to quantitatively account for the phase diagrams for alloys of rare-earth metals with Y, Lu, Sc, and other rare-earth metals. A concentration-dependent J(c,Q) explains the empirical 2...

  17. Rare earth elements and strategic mineral policy

    Kooroshy, J.; Korteweg, R.; Ridder, M. de


    Newspapers report almost daily on international tensions around ‘strategic’ or ‘critical’ minerals such as rare earth elements. The temporary freeze of rare earth exports from China to Japan in late 2010 in retaliation of the capture of a Chinese captain is but one example of the strategic use of no

  18. Rare Earth Elements Distribution in Beryl

    Laser ablation method is applied to a double focusing inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer to determine the rare earth element distribution in some selected beryl samples. White, green and blue beryl samples are selected from the Egyptian eastern desert. Distributions of chondrite- normalized plot for the rare earth element in the selected beryl samples are investigated

  19. Soluble rare-earth chalcogenides

    Pernin, Christopher G.


    The cluster Eu8(DMF)13(mu4-O)(mu 3-OH)12(Se3)(Se4)2(Se 5)2 was synthesized from the reaction of EuCl3 dissolved in tetrahydrofaran with K2Se4 dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The Eu8(O)(OH)12 10+ core is the first example such a polyoxometallo-core. The compound is further unusual in that it contains three different polyselenide chain lengths attaching adjacent Eu atoms. A similar reaction between Ln Cl3·6H2O and K2Se4 in DMF was found to produce the cluster compounds Gd8(DMF) 13(mu4-O)(mu3-OH)12(Se3)(Se 4)2(Se5)2, Yb8 (DMF) 11(mu4-O)(mu3-OH)12(Se4) 2(Se5)2Cl2·(DMF), and Y 8(DMF)12(mu4-O)(mu3-OH)12 (Se4)4Cl2·(DMF)6. Each of these clusters has a similar Ln8(mu 4-OH)(mu3-OH)1210+ core coordinated by a variety of polyselenide and chloride ligands. The organometallic rare-earth chalcogenide compounds (C5H 5)2Y [N( Q PPh2)2] ( Q = S, Se) have been prepared in good yield from the protonolysis reaction between CP3Y and HN( Q PPh2)2 in THF. In both compounds, the [N( Q PPh2)2]-- ligand is bound eta 3 to the Y center. The Y atom is also coordinated to two (C5 H5)-- ligands and so is formally 9-coordinate. 1H, 31P, 77Se, and 89Y NMR data indicate that the solid state connectivity is retained in solution. The compounds (C5H5)2Ln[N( Q PPh2)2] (Ln = La, Gd, Er, Yb, for Q = Se; Ln = Yb for Q = S) were synthesized. The series of compounds indicates that the smaller rare-earth elements cannot accommodate eta3-bonding from the imidodiphosphinochalcogenido ligand. The compounds Y[N( Q PPh2)2]3 ( Q = S (1), Se(2)) have been synthesized from the reactions between Y[N(SiMe3)2]3 and HN( Q PPh2)2. In 1, the Y atom is surrounded by three similar [N(SPPh2)2]-- ligands bound eta3 through two S atoms and an N atom. In 2 , the Y atom is surrounded again by three [N(SePPh2) 2]-- ligands, but two are bound eta2 through the two Se atoms and the other ligand is bound eta3 through the two Se atoms and an N atom. Although a fluxional process is detected in the 31P and 77Se NMR spectra

  20. Contribution for the studies of rare earth dithionates

    The main objective of this work is the synthesis and investigation of some properties of rare earth dithionates. The rare earth dithionates were prepared from the respective sulphates, by the reaction of the latter with BaS sub(2) O sub(6) in aqueous solutions. The lanthanide ion content was estimated by complexometric titration with EDTA; analysis for H were carried out by microanalysis and the water content was determinated by Karl Fischer titration. This experimental results in addition to thermogravimetric (TG) data gave the stoichiometry of the compounds. (author)

  1. Solar Energy Cell with Rare Earth Film

    Li Baojun; Yang Tao; Zhou Yao; Zhou Meng; Fu Xiliang; Fu Li


    The characteristic of the solar energy cell with the rare earth film according to theory of molecular structure was introduced.When sunlight shines, the molecules of the rare earth film can absorb energy of the photon and jump to the excited state from the basic state, and play a role in storing solar energy.When sunlight do not shine, the electron of the excited state returns to the basic state, the rare earth film can automatically give out light and shine to surface of the solar cell, which can make solar cell continuously generate electric current.The rare earth film can absorb direct,scattering sunlight, and increase density of solar energy to reach surface of the solar cell, and play focusing function.The rare earth film can bear 350 ~ 500 ℃, which make the solar cell be able to utilize the focusing function system.Because after luminescence of the rare earth film, it can release again the absorbed solar energy through 1 ~ 8 h, and play a role in storing solar energy; The solar cell with the rare-earth film can generate electricity during night and cloudy days, and remarkably increase efficiency of the solar cell.

  2. Recovery of rare earths from red mud

    The prospect for the recovery of rare earths from red mud, the bauxite tailings from the production of alumina is examined. The Jamaican red mud by far has the higher trace concentrations of lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, and yttrium. Scandium is also present. The dissolution of the rare earth is a major extraction problem because of the large volume of other materials. The recovery processes that have been proposed include the production of co-products such as iron, alumina, and titanium concentrates, with the rare earths going with the titanium. In this paper a critical examination of the possible processes are presented with the recommended research projects to be carried out

  3. China Not the Only Rare Earth Exporter


    Since China announced it was reducing exports of rare earth,there have been continuous voices in the international community demanding China expand exports or seek alternative resources. The United States has also complained to the WTO that China is hoarding the commodity. Subjected to scathing censure,what difficulties are facing China’s rare earth industry? When other countries seek alternative resources,how is the Chinese rare earth market affected? Economy&Nation Weekly,Xinhua News Agency’s finance magazine,recently interviewed Lin Donglu,Secretary General of the Chinese Society of Rare Earths,and Wang Hongqian, General Manager of China Non-Ferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co.Ltd.Edited excerpts follow

  4. Rare earth element mines, deposits, and occurrences

    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This dataset contains location, geologic and mineral economic data for world rare earth mines, deposits, and occurrences. The data in this compilation were derived...

  5. Rare earth aerosol analysis by XRF

    An analytical method utilizing x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry is described to determine simultaneously the amounts of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium in air-filter samples collected at a rare-earth processing refinery in Illinois

  6. Partitioning properties of rare earth ores in China

    CHI Ru'an; LI Zhongjun; PENG Cui; ZHU Guocai; XU Shengming


    The properties of rare earth partitioning in Chinese industrial rare earth ores were analyzed. Rare earth ores can be divided into the single-mineral type ore with bastnaesite, the multi-mineral type ore with bastnaesite and monazite, and the weathering crust type. Both the Bayan Obo rare earth ore and the Zhushan rare earth ore are a kind of mixed ore, consisting of bastnaesite and monazite. Their rare earth partitionings are strongly enriched in light rare earths, where CeO2 is 50% and the light rare earth partitioning is totally over 95%. The Mianning rare earth ore as well as the Weishan rare earth is a kind of rare earth ore only having bastnaesite. Their rare earth partitionings are also strongly enriched in light rare earths,in which CeO2 is 47% and the light rare earth partitioning is totally over 94%. For the weathering crust type rare earth ore,there are the Longnan rare earth ore, the Xunwu rare earth ore, and the middle yttrium and rich europium ore. In the Longnan rare earth ore, which is strongly enriched in heavy rare earths, Y2O3 is 64.83%, and the heavy and light rare earth partitionings are 89.40% and 10.53%, respectively. In the Xunwu rare earth ore, which is strongly enriched in light rare earths, CeO2 is 47.16%, and the light rare earth partitioning is totally 93.25%. Y and Eu are enriched in the middle yttrium and rich europium ore. Its middle rare earth partitioning is totally over 10%, and Eu2O3 and Y2O3 are over 0.5% and 20%,respectively, which are mainly industrial resources of the middle and the heavy rare earths.

  7. 2004 Top 10 Chinese Rare Earth Events


    1. Management to the Investment in Rare Earth IndustryConfirmedIn July 2004, "Decision on the Reform in Investment System" was formally publicized by the State Council of the People's Republic of China. The fifth item in the Decision stipulates that ore exploitation, smelting & separation and rare earth deep-processed projects with total investment over RMB¥100 million should be approved by the investment governing department of the State Council, and that other

  8. Chromatographic separation and analysis of rare earths

    It is shown that difficult inorganic separation problems can be solved by a simple and inexpensive method. Examples: 1. Separation of rare earths by means of thin-layer chromatography in analyses of minerals, highest grade materials, and fission products within a fuel element; 2. Separation and quantitative determination of rare earths by means of high-pressure liquid chromatography in analyses of monazite sands, cerium composition metals, and fission products. (RB)

  9. Method for rare earth extraction from phosphogypsum

    A method for rare earth extraction from phosphogypsum, permitting to increase the degree of extraction and to simplify the process, has been suggested. Phosphogypsum is treated by a solution of ammonium carbonate, the precipitate of calcium carbonate formed is dissolved in 55-70% of stoichiometry of nitric acid and insoluble residue is dissolved in HNO3. The degree of rare earth extraction into solution reaches 94-98%

  10. Government Documents on Rare Earth Minerals

    Chapman, Bert


    Rare earth minerals contain unique chemical and physical properties such as lanthanum, are found in small concentrations, need extensive precise processes to separate, and are critical components of modern technologies such as laser guidance systems, personal electronics such as Blackberries, and satellites. The U.S. has some rare earth resources, but is heavily dependent on access to them from from Afghanistan, Bolivia, and China. Losing access to these resources would have significant econo...

  11. Superconductivity in rare earth and actinide compounds

    Rare earth and actinide compounds and the extraordinary superconducting and magnetic phenomena they exhibit are surveyed. The rare earth and actinide compounds described belong to three classes of novel superconducting materials: high temperature, high field superconductors (intermetallics and layered cuprates); superconductors containing localized magnetic moments; heavy fermion superconductors. Recent experiments on the resistive upper critical field of high Tc cuprate superconductors and the peak effect in the critical current density of the f-electron superconductor CeRu2 are discussed. (orig.)

  12. Review and forecast of China rare earth industry

    SONG Hongfang; HONG Mei


    @@ China rare earth industry develops in a fast and stable way in recent years. Domestic rare earth consumption increases rapidly and the consumption structure is markedly optimized. Export volume of rare earths is reduced but the price rises. Rare earth industrial clusters develop fast and harmoniously. Exploitation, distribution and utilization of rare earth resources are further improved. Rare earth enterprises step forward to-ward the scaled and group managing way. The industry concentration is significantly enhanced.

  13. Magnetic Rare-Earth Superlattices

    Majkrzak, C.F.; Gibbs, D.; Böni, P.;


    The magnetic structures of several single‐crystal, magnetic rare‐earth superlattice systems grown by molecular‐beam epitaxy are reviewed. In particular, the results of recent neutron diffraction investigations of long‐range magnetic order in Gd‐Y, Dy‐Y, Gd‐Dy, and Ho‐Y periodic superlattices are...

  14. Investigation of solvent extraction of rare earths and Am with triisoamyl phosphate

    Extraction of nitric acid, microamounts of individual rare earths, mixtures of rare earth macroamounts by triisoamyl phosphate (TIAP) depending on the HNO3, LiNO3 cconcentration and concentration of extratant in dodecane has been studied. It is shown that Ln(NO3)3x3TIAP is the main form of the rare earth existence in the organic phase. Comparison of extraction properties of TBP and TIAP, as to rare earths, has shown that TIAP differs but slightly from TBP in extractability and selectivity and it can be used in the rare earth separation processes. A lower solubility of TIAP in the aqueous phase and the absence of the third phase during extraction of rare earth macroamounts by TIAP solutions in a neutral diluent are the advantages of TIAP, as compared with TBP, for the rare earth separation

  15. Anisotropy of rare-earth magnets

    R.Skomski; D.J.Sellmyer


    Rare-earth intermetallics such as Nd2FeI4B and Sm-Co are widely used as high-performance permanent magnets,because they combine high magnetocrystalline anisotropy with reasonable magnetization and Curie temperature.The anisotropy is a combined effect of spin-orbit coupling and electrostatic crystal-field interactions.The main contribution comes from the rare-earth 4f electrons,which are well-screened from the crystalline environment but exhibit a strong spin-orbit coupling.In this limit,the magnetocrystalline anisotropy has a very transparent physical interpretation,the anisotropy energy essentially being equal to the energy of Hund's-rules 4f ion in the crystal field.The corresponding expression for the lowest-order uniaxial anisotropy constant K1 is used to discuss rare-earth substitutions,which have recently attracted renewed interest due to shifts in the rare-earth production and demand.Specific phenomena reviewed in this article are the enhancement of the anisotropy of Sm2Fe17 due to interstitial nitrogen,the use of Sm-Co magnets for high-temperature applications,and the comparison of rare-earth single-ion anisotropy with other single-ion and two-ion mechanisms.

  16. On the formation and structure of rare-earth element complexes in aqueous solutions under hydrothermal conditions with new data on gadolinium aqua and chloro complexes

    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming


    Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy experiments were made on the Gd(III) aqua and chloro complexes in low pH aqueous solutions at temperatures ranging from 25 to 500????C and at pressures up to 480??MPa using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell. Analysis of fluorescence Gd L3-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra measured from a 0.006m Gd/0.16m HNO3 aqueous solution at temperatures up to 500????C and at pressures up to 260??MPa shows that the Gd-O distance of the Gd3+ aqua ion decreases steadily at a rate of ??? 0.007??A??/100????C whereas the number of coordinated H2O molecules decreases from 9.0 ?? 0.5 to 7.0 ?? 0.4. The loss of water molecules in the Gd3+ aqua ion inner hydration shell over this temperature range (a 22% reduction) is smaller than exhibited by the Yb3+ aqua ion (42% reduction) indicating that the former is significantly more stable than the later. We conjecture that the anomalous enrichment of Gd reported from measurement of REE concentrations in ocean waters may be attributed to the enhanced stability of the Gd3+ aqua ion relative to other REEs. Gd L3-edge XAFS measurements of 0.006m and 0.1m GdCl3 aqueous solutions at temperatures up to 500????C and pressures up to 480??MPa reveal that the onset of significant Gd3+-Cl- association occurs around 300????C. Partially-hydrated stepwise inner-sphere complexes most likely of the type Gd(H2O)??-nCln+3-n occur in the chloride solutions at higher temperatures, where ?? ??? 8 at 300????C decreasing slightly to an intermediate value between 7 and 8 upon approaching 500????C. This is the first direct evidence for the occurrence of partially-hydrated REE Gd (this study) and Yb [Mayanovic, R.A., Jayanetti, S., Anderson, A.J., Bassett, W.A., Chou, I-M., 2002a. The structure of Yb3+ aquo ion and chloro complexes in aqueous solutions at up to 500 ??C and 270 MPa. J. Phys. Chem. A 106, 6591-6599.] chloro complexes in hydrothermal solutions. The number of chlorides (n) of the partially-hydrated Gd

  17. Rare earth phosphors and phosphor screens

    Buchanan, Robert A.; Maple, T. Grant; Sklensky, Alden F.


    This invention relates to rare earth phosphor screens for converting image carrying incident radiation to image carrying visible or near-visible radiation and to the rare earth phosphor materials utilized in such screens. The invention further relates to methods for converting image carrying charged particles to image carrying radiation principally in the blue and near-ultraviolet region of the spectrum and to stabilized rare earth phosphors characterized by having a continuous surface layer of the phosphors of the invention. More particularly, the phosphors of the invention are oxychlorides and oxybromides of yttrium, lanthanum and gadolinium activated with trivalent cerium and the conversion screens are of the type illustratively including x-ray conversion screens, image amplifier tube screens, neutron imaging screens, cathode ray tube screens, high energy gamma ray screens, scintillation detector screens and screens for real-time translation of image carrying high energy radiation to image carrying visible or near-visible radiation.

  18. Valence of 'divalent' rare earth metals

    It is generally recognized that light rare earths change their valence from 2 to 3 when forming a bulk metal while remaining divalent at the surface. However, performed DFT calculations ultimately indicate that the higher-binding-energy peaks in photoemission spectra (like the -5.3 eV peak for Sm), characteristic of the trivalent 4fn-15d1 configuration, correspond not to the ground state, but to excited states induced by radiation. This means that the trivalent state is not inherent for the bulk of divalent rare earths, and therefore they do not become trivalent.

  19. Rare earths and the balance problem

    Binnemans, Koen; Jones , Peter Tom


    Maintaining the balance between the demand by the economic markets and the natural abundance of the rare-earth elements (REEs) in ores constitutes a major challenge for manufacturers of these elements. This is the so-called balance problem (or balancing problem). The ideal situation is a perfect match between the demand and (production) supply of REEs, so that there are no surpluses of any of the REEs. The balance problem implicates that the rare-earth industry has to either find new applicat...

  20. 2007 China Rare Earths Import & Export Analysis and Suggestions (continued)

    Yin Jianhua; Zuo Xichao


    @@ 4. Increasing import of rare earth resources products As a big producer and an important export country of rare earth products for years, rare earths import is in an auxiliary position in China. import volume is rather small. However, since the strengthened macro control measures and restriction of mining scale in 2007, domestic rare earth supply was tight in China.

  1. 2011 Review and outlook of China rare earth market

    Zhang Lihua; Bai Jinlong


    In 2011, the start year of the "Twelfth-Five Year Plan" program, a series of policies were issued targeting on rare earth industry. Price of rare earths fluctuated sharply during 2011 and consumers were concerned about the supply of rare earth. There was a big change in rare earth industry.

  2. Prices of Rare Earth Products Tend to Rise(Continued)


    8. Ji Daiyu, General Manager of Baotou Xinyuan RareEarth Hi-Tech Materials Co. LtdControl gross to stabilize prices. Chinese rare earth is precious strategic resource. The more it is exploit, the less it will be. The State has put forward rare earth policy of "strengthen management, protect resource, develop scientifically and face international". Chinese rare earth

  3. Replacing the Rare Earth Intellectual Capital

    Gschneidner, Jr., Karl


    The rare earth crisis slowly evolved during a 10 to 15 year period beginning in the mid-1980s, when the Chinese began to export mixed rare earth concentrates. In the early 1990s, they started to move up the supply chain and began to export the individual rare earth oxides and metals. By the late 1990s the Chinese exported higher value products, such as magnets, phosphors, polishing compounds, catalysts; and in the 21st century they supplied finished products including electric motors, computers, batteries, liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), TVs and monitors, mobile phones, iPods and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs. As they moved to higher value products, the Chinese slowly drove the various industrial producers and commercial enterprises in the US, Europe and Japan out of business by manipulating the rare earth commodity prices. Because of this, the technically trained rare earth engineers and scientists who worked in areas from mining to separations, to processing to production, to manufacturing of semifinished and final products, were laid-off and moved to other fields or they retired. However, in the past year the Chinese have changed their philosophy of the 1970s and 1980s of forming a rare earth cartel to control the rare earth markets to one in which they will no longer supply the rest of the world (ROW) with their precious rare earths, but instead will use them internally to meet the growing demand as the Chinese standard of living increases. To this end, they have implemented and occasionally increased export restrictions and added an export tariff on many of the high demand rare earth elements. Now the ROW is quickly trying to start up rare earth mines, e.g. Molycorp Minerals in the US and Lynas Corp. in Australia, to cover this shortfall in the worldwide market, but it will take about five years for the supply to meet the demand, even as other mines in the ROW become productive. Unfortunately, today there is a serious lack of technically trained

  4. Diagnostic study about lanthanides (rare earths)

    The world situation of rare earths (lanthanides) is evaluated, and a comparison of the Brazilian situation in respect to other countries is established, concerning the following aspects: geology of mineral deposits; main sources, uses, reserves and production; their consumption, prices and state-of-art of geological researches and industrial processes for physical and chemical separation / concentration of these elements. (C.L.B.)

  5. China Not the Only Rare Earth Exporter


    @@ Since China announced it was reducing exports of rare earth,there have been continuous voices in the international community demanding China expand exports or seek alternative resources.The United States has also complained to the WTO that China is hoarding the commodity.

  6. Alternative value chains for rare earths

    Machacek, Erika; Fold, Niels


    The 2011 peak in rare earth element (REE) prices revealed a vast knowledge gap on the REE-based industry considered to be almost monopolized by Chinese players. A global value chain (GVC) framework is used to provide an understanding of value-adding segments of REE in their transformation from mine...

  7. Rare earth phosphors and phosphor screens

    Advances in the use of stabilized rare earth phosphors and of conversion screens using these materials are examined. In particular the new phosphors discussed in this invention consist of oxybromides of yttrium, lanthanum and gadolinium with a luminescent activator ion stabilized by an oxychloride or oxyfluoride surface layer and the conversion screens include trivalent cerium as the activator ion. (U.K.)

  8. Laser selective photoionization of rare earth

    The IEAv has special interest in the studies of rare earth isotope applications in laser medium and integrated optics. We are starting to work with Ytterbium, Erbium, Dysprosium and Neodymium laser selective photoionization research. In addition, we are starting studies to analyze the possibility of producing selective photoionization departing from ores, using laser ablation as vapor source. (authors)

  9. Effects of Rare Earth Impurities on Photochromic Characteristics of Rare Earth Orthoniobates

    Suemune, Yasutaka


    Some rare earth orthoniobates, RNbO4, have been found to exhibit photochromic properties ascribed to the formation of color centers. Compounds with rare earths, R, of gadolinium and ytterbium, have been shown to have a particularly long duration of visible coloration after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation at room temperature. Partial substitution of praseodymium or terbium as the rare earths enhances these UV coloration characteristics. Substitution of about 0.8% of terbium is remarkably effective in accelerating the thermal bleaching, increasing the bleaching rate by about one order of magnitude.

  10. Modelling the liquid-liquid extraction of nitric acid and lanthanide nitrates by tributylphosphate. Study of the influence of the aqueous phase composition on the selectivity of rare earth separation

    This research thesis reports the application of advances in the modelling of liquid-liquid extraction to a quantitative processing of the selectivity of separations. It is here applied to the extraction-based separation of lanthanide nitrates by using the tributylphosphate (TBP) in nitric environment as this system is interesting for industrial applications in hydro-metallurgy of rare earths as well as in the processing of irradiated nuclear fuels. Experimental data are acquired and then used in the Mikulin-Sergievskii-Dannus model. Complete modelling is thus obtained which allowed the complex problem of extraction of nitric acid and of lanthanide to be addressed, and the existence of a hybrid solvate to be supported. A mathematical expression of the separation factor of two lanthanides is proposed and used to highlight its influencing parameters, i.e. water activity in the aqueous phase, and the rate of the effective extraction constants of the two elements to be separated. Experimental observations are thus interpreted. The selection of optimal separation conditions is thus justified, and, in some cases, the system selectivity can be predicted

  11. Separation of rare earth elements by microorganisms

    The selective accumulation of rare earth elements in Gram-positive bacteria and actinomycetes was examined. The resting cells of 18 strains having high capacities to accumulate rare earth elements were screened for selectivity using a solution containing 5 elements: Y, La, Sm, Er, and Lu. Among the strains tested, Bacillus megaterium accumulated Sm, Streptomyces albus accumulated Lu, and Arthrobacter nicotianae accumulated both Sm and Lu in higher quantities than the other metals. Similar results were also obtained from a solution containing Y and 14 rare elements (La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu). The amount of Sm accumulated in B. megaterium and that of Lu accumulated in S. albus increased as the initial metal concentration increased. S. albus and B. megaterium cells show the highest capacity to accumulate Lu and Sm, respectively, from a solution containing 5 elements, Y, La, Sm, Er, and Lu when each metal concentration ranged from 20 to 100 μM. These results suggest that the separation of these two rare earth elements using microorganisms should be possible. (author)

  12. Study on the determination of 14 individual rare earth elements and yttrium in rare earth oxides by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS)

    The simultaneous determination of 14 rate earth elements and (Y) in rare earth oxide by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) was studied. The rare earth oxide sample was dissolved in nitric acid and the aqueous solution containing 14 rare earth elements and Y was measured on the ICP-MS under the optimum conditions such as: concentration of nitric acid, coolant argon flow rate, sample uptake rate, sampling depth, sample uptake time and other characteristic parameters of instrument. The analytical procedure was set-up and that was applied for the determination of these above-mentioned elements in the rare earth oxide samples by ICP-MS with acceptable precision and accuracy. (author)

  13. Rare earth optogalvanic spectroscopy: preliminary results

    The IEAv has special interest in the studies of rare earth isotope applications in laser medium and integrated optics as well as aerospace research. We are starting to work with Ytterbium, Erbium, Dysprosium and Neodymium laser selective photoionization research. This paper describes the preliminary results of emission and optogalvanic spectroscopy obtained from a Neodymium hollow cathode lamps. Furthermore these results were used to setup our laser systems to work to leads a Nd isotopes selective laser photoionization. (author)

  14. Sulphide glasses doped with rare earth elements

    Ležal, Dimitrij; Zavadil, Jiří; Procházková, Olga

    Bratislava : Slovak Technical University, 1999, s. 29-31 ISBN 80-8040-098-9. [Applied physics of condensed matter. Kočovice (SK), 23.06.1999-25.06.1999] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/99/0342; GA ČR GA102/99/0341 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : fibre lasers * rare earth elements * sulphide glasses Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  15. China’s rare earth trade analysis

    Oana Maria STANCULESCU


    In current times, eco trend is promoted in all areas, therefore finding alternative energy sources is required. Most modern technology that does not harm the environment is based on different amounts of Dysprosium, Terbium, Neodymium, and so on. Solar panels, wind turbines, hybrid cars and many other electronics such as televisions are using such elements. Respecting the principles of free trade, countries such as Japan or the U.S. imported from China large quantities of rare earth to pursue ...

  16. Phase Behavior of Rare Earth Manganites

    Naoki Kamegashira; Hiromi Nakano; Gang Chen; Jian Meng


    Among complex oxides containing rare earth and manganese BaLn2Mn2O7 (Ln=rare earth) with the layered perovskite type and Ln2(Mn, M)O7 with pyrochlore-related structure were studied since these compounds show many kinds of phases and unique phase transitions. In BaLn2Mn2O7 there appear many phases, depending on the synthetic conditions for each rare earth. The tetragonal phase of so-called Ruddlesden-Popper type is the fundamental structure and many kinds of deformed modification of this structure are obtained. For BaEu2Mn2O7 at least five phases have been identified from the results of X-ray diffraction analysis with the space group P42/mnm, Fmmm, Immm and A2/m in addition to the fundamental tetragonal I4/mmm phase. In the pyrochlore-related type compounds, Ln2Mn2-xMxO7 (M=Ta, Nb, W etc), there also appear several phases with different crystal structures. With regard to every rare earth, Ln2MnTaO7 phase is stable only for excess Ta and can be obtained under high oxygen partial pressure process. This group has trigonal structure with zirkelite type (P3121 space group). On the other hand Ln2Mn2/3Nb4/3O7 phase has monoclinic (C2/c space group) and zirconolite type structure. All of these structural models have the fundamental structure based on HTB (hexagonal tungsten bronze) layers formed by the arrangement of oxygen octahedra.

  17. Mineralogy of the rare earth elements

    This paper contains mineralogic properties of the rare earth elements (REE). Notes are given on total REE abundances, distribution patterns, and modes of occurrence. References are confined as far as possible to papers containing usable REE data. The minerals are grouped alphabetically within each major cationic group. The paper includes an alphabetic table of mineral names, chemical formulas, crystal system and section number. It functions as a handy entrance to the mineralogic and bibliographic paper. (G.J.P.)

  18. Rare earths in ceramic materials technology

    Rare earth elements are mainly exploited for electronic devices, but far from negligible is their importance in materials for structural applications, i.e. for their mechanical properties, useful in modern technologies. For example, widely renown is the role of rare earth oxides in the study of zirconia (zirconium dioxide, ZrO2), by far the most interesting ceramic material for structural applications. Among rare earth oxides, ceria (cerium dioxide, CeO2) has played a fundamental role because at room temperature it stabilizes the tetragonal phase of zirconia, which is the most interesting phase from a mechanical point of view. In this presentation the main characteristics of the system CeO2-ZrO2 are outlined, along with the mechanical properties of binary alloys of the two oxides; these properties are evaluated as a function of their composition and microstructure. Some of these alloys exhibited behaviour completely unexpected for ceramic materials, e.g. the Shape Memory Effect (SME) and the Gorsky Effect. (orig.)

  19. Anthropogenic Cycles of Rare Earth Elements

    Du, X.; Graedel, T. E.


    This research will develop quantitatively resolved anthropogenic cycles and in-use stocks for the rare earth metals specifically cerium, lanthanum and dysprosium in Japan, China, and the U.S. for the year of 2007. Rare earth elements (REE) is a group of 17 scare metals widely used in a growing number of emerging technologies and have been in high demand for emerging technologies as raw materials during past the three decades. New market participants from newly industrializing countries, primarily China, have had strong impacts on the demand of share. Consequently, the importance to sustain a reliable, steady, uninterrupted supply on global market triggered comprehensive research to recognize and understand the life cycles of rare earths. Moreover, because China plays a dominant role in mining production since 1990, it requires the assessment for the countries, which are almost completely dependent on imports from China with respect to rare earth resources. The study aims to analyze the flows and stocks of rare earth elements individually as elemental form in spite of their natural geological co-occurrence and mixed composition in applications. By applying the method of Material Flow Analysis (MFA) work has been done on evaluating current and historical flows of specific technologically significant materials, for example, copper, zinc, nickel, etc., determining the stocks available in different types of reservoirs (e.g., lithosphere, in-use) and the flows among the reservoirs, developing scenarios of possible futures of metal use, and assessing the environmental and policy implications of the results. Therefore, REE as a new target deserves inclusion because of its potential demand-supply conflict and importance to secure the competitive advantage of technical innovation in future. This work will generate a quantitatively resolved anthropogenic life cycle and in-use stocks for REE for the main target countries for a chosen year, 2007, providing flows and stocks from

  20. Recovery of rare earth metals through biosorption:An overview

    Nilanjana Das; Devlina Das


    Rare earth metals (REMs) are a series of 17 elements that have widespread and unique applications in high technology, power generation, communications, and defense industries. These resources are also pivotal to emergent sustainable energy and car-bon alternative technologies. Recovery of REMs is interesting due to its high market prices along with various industrial applications. Conventional technologies, viz. precipitation, filtration, liquid-liquid extraction, solid-liquid extraction, ion exchange, super critical extraction, electrowinning, electrorefining, electroslag refining, etc., which have been developed for the recovery of REMs, are not economically attractive. Biosorption represents a biotechnological innovation as well as a cost effective excellent tool for the recovery of rare earth metals from aqueous solutions. A variety of biomaterials such as algae, fungi, bacteria, resin, activated carbon, etc., have been reported to serve as potential adsorbents for the recovery of REMs. The metal binding mechanisms, as well as the parameters in-fluencing the uptake of rare earth metals and isotherm modeling are presented here. This article provides an overview of past achievements and current scenario of the biosorption studies carried out using some promising biosorbents which could serve as an economical means for recovering REMs. The experimental findings reported by different workers will provide insights into this re-search frontier.

  1. Existing State and Partitioning of Rare Earth on Weathered Ores


    The existing state and partitioning of rare earth (RE) on weathered ores in Longnan County (LN), Xingfeng County(XF) and Ninghua County(NH) were characterized systematically by standard geological analytical methods. It is found that RE in the weathered rare earth ores exist as four phases: (a) water soluble, (b) ion-exchangeable, (c) colloidal sediment (oxides), (d) minerals, in which mainly as ion exchangeable phase, accounting for nearly 80% of total RE,with about 20% in the form of colloid sediment phase and mineral phase, but very little as aqueous soluble phase. These rare earth partitioning were mainly chosen mid-heavy RE elements, occupying above 60%, but not equal in the four phases. The mid-heavy RE elements were primarily enriched in the ion exchangeable phase up to 40%, while the containment of cerium dioxide is below 2%. The cerium deficiency occurs in the ion exchangeable phase in weathered ore. It results from that the Ce3+ is oxidized into Ce4+ and changes into CeO2. For LN ore, the containment of Y is high in weathered ore because Y-minerals are abundant in original rock.

  2. Reduction property of rare earth oxide doped molybdenum oxide


    Rare earth oxide doped molybdenum powders were prepared by the reduction of rare earth nitrites doped MoO3. The effect of rare earth oxide on the reduction behavior of molybdenum oxide had been studied by means of Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR), thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction. Doping rare earth oxide in the powder could lower the reduction temperature of molybdenum oxide and decrease the particle size of molybdenum. The mechanism for the effects had been discussed in this paper.

  3. Distribution of rare earths in liver of mice administered with chloride compounds of 12 rare earths

    Full text: Rare earths are used in high technology field, however, the information on their biological effects are not sufficient. The behaviour of rare earths in biology is of interest in connection with their toxicity. In the present study, the distribution of rare earths in liver of mice administered with these elements was investigated. The effects on Ca and other biological essential elements were also determined. Male mice (5 weeks old) were injected with one of 12 kinds of rare earths (chlorides of Y, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Yb) at the dose of 25 mg/KXg body weight. After 20 hours of administration, mice were sacrificed, then liver and other organs were taken out. Liver was homogenized and separated by centrifugation. The concentrations of rare earths administered were measured by microwave-induced plasma-mass spectrometry (MIP-MS) after acid digestion. The concentrations of administered elements in whole liver were about 100μg/g (wet weight), where the difference between elements was few. Distribution amounts of elements administered in four fractions were following order; 700μg precipitate > mitocondrial fraction > microsomal fraction > cytosol. The relative contents in these fractions, however, was different depending on the element administered. Calcium concentrations in liver of administered mice were higher than those of control mice. Increase of Ca concentrations were observed in all four fractions and the increase ratio was also dependent on the elements administered

  4. Rare earth elements materials production from apatite ores

    Anufrieva, A. V.; Andrienko, O. S.; Buynovskiy, A. S.; Makaseev, Y. N.; Mazov, I. N.; Nefedov, R. A.; Sachkov, V. I.; Stepanova, O. B.; Valkov, A. V.


    The paper deals with the study of processing apatite ores with nitric acid and extraction of the rare earth elements. The rare earth elements can be successfully separated and recovered by extraction from the nitrate- phosphate solution, being an tributyl phosphate as extraction agent. The developed scheme of the processing apatite concentrate provides obtaining rare earth concentrates with high qualitative characteristics.

  5. Rare earth elements behavior in Peruibe black mud

    Rare earth elements in sediments have been used as powerful tools for environmental studies because of their behavior during geochemical processes and are also widely accepted as reliable provenance tracers because they are largely water-immobile and thus behave conservatively during sedimentary processes. The Peruibe Black Mud (PBM) is a sedimentary deposit originated from the interactions of marine sediments and organic matter in an estuarine environment that originates a peloid currently used for medicinal purposes. The objective of this study was to examine rare earth elements pattern distribution in the Peruibe black mud sedimentary deposit as a proxy for its geochemical development. Elemental ratios such as LaN/YbN, Th/U and La/Th were determined and a normalization of the mean rare earth elements concentrations in the samples related to NASC indicates that the light (La to Eu) rare earth elements present values close to the unity while the heavy (Tb to Lu) rare earth elements are depleted related to NASC. It can be observed that the light rare earth elements present enrichment values slightly enriched over the unity while the heavy rare earth elements present values generally below the unity reflecting the enrichment of the light rare earth elements over the heavy rare earth. Rare earth elements concentrations determined in Peruibe black mud samples showed a distribution similar to that found in the NASC for the light rare earth elements and depleted for the heavy rare earth elements. (author)

  6. Guangdong to Build a Rare Earth Industry Chain


    <正>On February 27,Guangdong Rare Earth Industry Group(GREIG),which is China’s first large group spanning the whole rare earth industry chain,was set up in Guangzhou.Since the State Council put forward the largeenterprise(group) strategy for the rare earth

  7. ESR investigations of some rare earth pseudo binary intermetallic compounds

    The author presents the results of an electron spin resonance study on several rare earth-Be13 compounds, the Au: Er alloy system, and Nd3+ and Gd3+ in rare earth-Rh2 and rare earth-Ir2 cubic Laves phase compounds. (G.T.H.)

  8. 40 CFR 721.6005 - Rare earth phosphate (generic).


    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Rare earth phosphate (generic). 721... Substances § 721.6005 Rare earth phosphate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substances identified generically as rare earth phophate (PMNs...

  9. Stuffed rare earth pyrochlore solid solutions

    Synthesis and crystal structures are described for the compounds Ln 2(Ti2-xLnx )O7-x/2, where Ln=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, and x ranges from 0 to 0.67. Rietveld refinements of X-ray powder diffraction data indicate that in the Tb and Dy titanate pyrochlores, the extra Ln 3+ cations mix mainly on the Ti4+ site with little disorder on the original Ln 3+ site. For the smaller rare earths (Ho-Lu), stuffing additional lanthanide ions results in a pyrochlore to defect fluorite transition, where the Ln 3+ and Ti4+ ions become completely randomized at the maximum (x=0.67). Initial magnetic characterization for the fully stuffed x=0.67 samples for Ln=Tb-Yb shows no long range ordering down to 2 K, and only partial saturation of the full expected magnetic moment under applied fields up to 5 T. In all of these Ln-Ti-O pyrochlores, the addition of magnetic Ln 3+ in place of non-magnetic Ti4+ adds edge sharing tetrahedral spin interactions to a normally corner sharing tetrahedral network of spins. The increase in spin connectivity in this family of solid solutions represents a new avenue for investigating geometrical magnetic frustration in the rare earth titanate pyrochlores. - Graphical abstract: A simplified model of the transition from pyrochlore to fluorite in the series Ln 2(Ti2-xLnx )O7-x/2 (Ln=Tb-Lu, 0≤x≤0.67), with Ho as an example. The separate corner sharing tetrahedral lattices of cations in the pyrochlore structure develop into edge sharing tetrahedra as extra Ln is stuffed in place of Ti. The increased spin connectivity in these new materials represents a new avenue of study in the well-known rare earth titanate pyrochlores in view of geometrical magnetic frustration

  10. Port Pirie rare earths plant stage 3

    SX Holdings Limited intends to establish a rare earths plant at Port Pirie, South Australia. The proposal involves three stages of development, Stage 3 being to develop a monazite cracking plant and associated rare earths separation facility with the capacity to process up to 8,000 t/a of monazite-type ores. The proposed initial capacity is 4,000 t/a. This Draft Environmental Impact Statement relates to Stage 3 and is based on a monazite processing capacity of 8,000 t/a. The justification of the project is given in terms of use and the market for rare earths, the economic and environmental benefits of the proposal, the site selection process, site rehabilitation, and the consequences of not proceeding. A detailed description of the project is given, including the treatment process, site development and facilities, the supply of raw materials, product and waste handling, transport and storage, plant commissioning, operation and decommissioning, construction and staffing. The environmental issues entailed in the proposed development are discussed and include social effects, land use and infrasturcture considerations, risk management and transport. Occupational and environmental radiation issues, including assessments of exposure pathways and doses, management and monitoring, disposal of monosite residue are also discussed. It is estimated that the effects of disposal of 2,330 t/year of radioactive slurry in the sub-aerial tailing disposal system at Olympic Dam will be negligible. Moreover, the gamma dose increases would not result in any significant increase in occupational exposures. 38 refs., tabs., ills

  11. Coriolis attenuation in the rare earth region

    It is shown that the observed rotational band structure in a number of odd-proton and odd-neutron nuclei situated in the rare earth region, can be reproduced in the particle-rotor model without any ad hoc reduction of the Coriolis matrix elements if a value of the pairing gap parameter, which is about 30-40% of that deduced from the corresponding odd-even mass difference, is used. The importance of the proper choice of the pairing gap parameter in the study of the Coriolis attenuation problem is emphasised. (orig.)

  12. Raman investigations of rare earth orthovanadates

    Santos, C. C.; Silva, E. N.; Ayala, A. P.; Guedes, I.; Pizani, P. S.; Loong, C.-K.; Boatner, L. A.


    Polarized Raman spectroscopy has been used to obtain the room-temperature phonon spectra of the series of rare earth orthovanadate single crystals: SmVO4, HoVO4, YbVO4, and LuVO4. The observed Raman frequencies follow the overall mode distribution expected for REVO4 compounds with the tetragonal zircon structure. The variation of the mode frequency with atomic number across the lanthanide orthovanadate series was investigated, and the trend exhibited by the internal modes was explained by considering the force constants of VO4 tetrahedron.

  13. Raman Investigations of Rare-Earth Orthovanadates

    Santos, C. C. [Universidade Federal do Ceara, Ceara, Brazil; Silva, E. N. [Universidade Federal do Ceara, Ceara, Brazil; Ayala, A. P. [Universidade Federal do Ceara, Ceara, Brazil; Guedes, I. [Universidade Federal do Ceara, Ceara, Brazil; Pizani, P. S. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Caixa Postal, Brazil; Loong, C. K. [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL); Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL


    Polarized Raman spectroscopy has been used to obtain the room-temperature phonon spectra of the series of rare earth orthovanadate single crystals: SmVO4, HoVO4, YbVO4 and LuVO4. The observed Raman frequencies follow the overall mode distribution expected for RVO4 compounds with the tetragonal zircon structure. The variation of the mode frequency with atomic number across the lanthanide orthovanadate series was investigated, and the trend exhibited by the internal modes was explained by considering the force constants of VO4 tetrahedron.

  14. Characterization of a rare earth oxide obtained from xenotime mineral

    This paper reports on the characterization of a rare earth oxide obtained by hydrometallurgy of the mineral xenotime, an yttrium phosphate containing other rare earths, and comparison with mixtures of rare earth oxides prepared in different ways. The results indicated that hydrometallurgy from xenotime yielded a solid solution of the rare earth oxides. However, when the pure rare earth oxides were simply mixed physically then heat-treated at 1000 deg. C, a similar solid solution was not obtained. On the other hand, when the mixtures were prepared using a co-precipitation process, subsequent heat treatment did produce oxide solid solutions similar to that produced by hydrometallurgy of xenotime

  15. Note: Portable rare-earth element analyzer using pyroelectric crystal

    We report a portable rare-earth element analyzer with a palm-top size chamber including the electron source of a pyroelectric crystal and the sample stage utilizing cathodoluminescence (CL) phenomenon. The portable rare-earth element analyzer utilizing CL phenomenon is the smallest reported so far. The portable rare-earth element analyzer detected the rare-earth elements Dy, Tb, Er, and Sm of ppm order in zircon, which were not detected by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. We also performed an elemental mapping of rare-earth elements by capturing a CL image using CCD camera

  16. Note: Portable rare-earth element analyzer using pyroelectric crystal

    Imashuku, Susumu, E-mail:; Fuyuno, Naoto; Hanasaki, Kohei; Kawai, Jun [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)


    We report a portable rare-earth element analyzer with a palm-top size chamber including the electron source of a pyroelectric crystal and the sample stage utilizing cathodoluminescence (CL) phenomenon. The portable rare-earth element analyzer utilizing CL phenomenon is the smallest reported so far. The portable rare-earth element analyzer detected the rare-earth elements Dy, Tb, Er, and Sm of ppm order in zircon, which were not detected by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. We also performed an elemental mapping of rare-earth elements by capturing a CL image using CCD camera.

  17. Thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds

    Koehler, Ulrike


    This work focuses on the thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds. The measurements of the thermal conductivity, thermopower, and Nernst coefficient are supplemented by investigations of other quantities as magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. Chapter 2 provides an introduction to the relevant physical concepts. Section 1 of that chapter summarizes the characteristic properties of rare-earth systems; section 2 gives an overview on thermoelectric transport processes in magnetic fields. The applied experimental techniques as well as the new experimental setup are described in detail in Chapter 3. The experimental results are presented in Chapter 4-6, of which each concentrates on a different subject. In Chapter 4, various Eu clathrates and the skutterudite-like Ce{sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} are presented, which have been investigated as potential thermoelectric materials for applications. Chapter 5 focusses on the study of the energy scales in the heavy-fermion series Lu{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}Rh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and Ce{sub x}La{sub 1-x}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} by means of thermopower investigations. Chapter 6 is dedicated to the thermoelectric transport properties of the correlated semimetal CeNiSn with special emphasis on the Nernst coefficient of this compound. (orig.)

  18. Photoelectron spectra of rare earth acetylacetonates

    By the method of gaseous photoelectron spectroscopy electron structure of rare earth acetylacetonates, prepared by means of thermolysis in spectrometer of the corresponding MA3·Q adducts (Q=DMSO, HMPA), has been studied. From yttrium series compounds only for Y, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu derivatives the spectra do not contain the bands of decomposition product-acetone. Out of three studied compounds of cerium groups (M=La, Sm, Nd) only for LaA3 the attempt to record photoelectron spectrum has failed. In the first three bands of all the compounds a-e-splitting is detected, which is caused by the contribution of metal AO to molecular orbital. The greatest splitting is characteristic for n--electrons of ScA3 and LuA3. Increase in ionization energy of Π3-- and n--electrons with an increase in rare earth ordinal number is caused by lanthanide compression and constitutes 0.2-0.3 eV

  19. Thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds

    This work focuses on the thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds. The measurements of the thermal conductivity, thermopower, and Nernst coefficient are supplemented by investigations of other quantities as magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. Chapter 2 provides an introduction to the relevant physical concepts. Section 1 of that chapter summarizes the characteristic properties of rare-earth systems; section 2 gives an overview on thermoelectric transport processes in magnetic fields. The applied experimental techniques as well as the new experimental setup are described in detail in Chapter 3. The experimental results are presented in Chapter 4-6, of which each concentrates on a different subject. In Chapter 4, various Eu clathrates and the skutterudite-like Ce3Rh4Sn13 are presented, which have been investigated as potential thermoelectric materials for applications. Chapter 5 focusses on the study of the energy scales in the heavy-fermion series Lu1-xYbxRh2Si2 and CexLa1-xNi2Ge2 by means of thermopower investigations. Chapter 6 is dedicated to the thermoelectric transport properties of the correlated semimetal CeNiSn with special emphasis on the Nernst coefficient of this compound. (orig.)

  20. Processing of monazite at the rare earth division,Udyogamandal

    The processing techniques adopted at the Rare Earth Division of the Indian Rare Earths Limited at Udyogamandal, for the production of rare earth compounds of various compositions and purity grades are reviewed. Over 100 different compounds are produced and marketed, and these include mixed rare earths chloride, crude thorium concentrate, cerium oxide, cerium hydrate, rare earths carbonate, didymium salts and individual rare earth oxides and salts. Also, the trisodium phosphate obtained as byproduct in the processing of monazite, is recovered and marketed. The process scheme for monazite essentially involves alkaline digestion of ground monazite, removal of the by-product trisodium phosphate, separation of thorium through preferential dissolution of rare earths hydroxide in hydrochloric acid under controlled pH and temperature conditions followed by purification, and evaporation of the chloride solution to yield pure rare earths chloride. Part of the chloride is utilised for the production of individual rare earth compounds after separation by solvent extraction and ion exchange processes. Individual rare earth compounds of 99.99 %+ purity are regularly produced to cater to the demand within the country. (author) 8 figs., 1 tab

  1. Preparation and characterization of nano rare earths

    Song Xiaoyan; Lu Nianduan; Liu Xuemei; Lu Qingmei; Zhang Jiuxing; Zhou Meiling [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Materials, Chinese Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100022 (China); Sun Lixian [Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Rettenmayr, Markus [Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Yin Fuxing [National Institute for Materials Science, Sengen 1-2-1, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail:


    Rare earth (RE) nanoparticles with single-crystal structure and controllable size, and RE nanocrystalline bulks with ultrafine grain sizes (3-8 nm), were prepared with a home-configured 'oxygen-free' in situ synthesis system. Systematic investigations revealed the characteristic structures and properties of the nano REs. As compared with the conventional polycrystalline REs, the prepared ultrafine nanocrystalline REs show remarkably different physical, thermal and mechanical properties, which are of broad scientific and engineering interest. The series of structure and property characterizations are significant to further develop the fundamental database for the nano REs. As a particular contribution to the characterization of the RE family on the nanoscale, this work implements a clear guideline for the composition design and the scale control in the development of advanced nano RE functional and structural materials.

  2. Preparation and characterization of nano rare earths

    Rare earth (RE) nanoparticles with single-crystal structure and controllable size, and RE nanocrystalline bulks with ultrafine grain sizes (3-8 nm), were prepared with a home-configured 'oxygen-free' in situ synthesis system. Systematic investigations revealed the characteristic structures and properties of the nano REs. As compared with the conventional polycrystalline REs, the prepared ultrafine nanocrystalline REs show remarkably different physical, thermal and mechanical properties, which are of broad scientific and engineering interest. The series of structure and property characterizations are significant to further develop the fundamental database for the nano REs. As a particular contribution to the characterization of the RE family on the nanoscale, this work implements a clear guideline for the composition design and the scale control in the development of advanced nano RE functional and structural materials

  3. Ecological effect of rare earth elements

    Water and soil culture were carried out to study the ecological effect of rare earth elements (REEs) in the aspect of plant-soil system. Contents of REEs were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). There was a limit to REEs-tolerance of crops, which differed with the development periods of plant and soil types. The REEs concentration in plant, especially in root, was marked related to the concentration in culture material. Beyond the concentration-limit appeared phototoxicity. The chemical behavior of REEs in plants and soils varied with soil types and elements. The bio-availability of REEs in soil mainly depended on the exchangeable fraction of REEs affected strongly by the physi-chemical properties of soils

  4. Octupole vibrations in rare-earth nuclei

    Buessing, Marc Andre; Elvers, Michael; Endres, Janis; Hasper, Jens; Zilges, Andreas [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Universitaet Koeln, D-50823 Koeln (Germany)


    The systematics of octupole vibrations in the region of rare-earth nuclei are still not well understood. First test measurements have been carried out at the FN Tandem accelerator of the University of Cologne. The gamma-ray spectroscopy was performed at the highly-efficient HORUS spectrometer which consists of 16 High-Purity Germanium detectors. The nucleus {sup 158}Dy has been investigated via the reactions {sup 156}Gd({alpha},2n) and {sup 149}Sm({sup 12}C,3n), furthermore the nucleus {sup 154}Dy was studied via the reaction {sup 144}Nd({sup 14}N,4n). In addition measurements with the (p,p{sup '}) reaction were carried out on the nuclei {sup 142}Nd and {sup 172}Yb. First results of these measurements are shown in the context of existing data for this mass region.

  5. Production of rare earth polishing powders in Russia

    in a suspension; polishing powder Ftoropol with addition of fluorine and higher contents of cerium dioxide (at least 70% by mass) that has a higher polishing ability and is attrition-proof, used for high-speed treatment of optical lenses, mirrors, TV screens and eyeglasses. The rare earth polishing powders made in Russia possess the following physico-chemical properties and performance characteristics; cerium dioxide content in solid REE solution - 50-90% by mass; F-ion content (in Ftoropol powder) - 8-14% by mass; non-REE content of sodium, calcium, strontium and iron impurities - at most 0.1% by mass of each element; natural radionuclide content of thorium, uranium, actinium, potassium-40 series, total standard specific activity - 0.45-0.85 Bq/g; - average particle size, 2.0-3.5 μm; density - 6.3-6.8 g/cm3; pH of aqueous extract, 6-7; sedimentary stability - 10-20 minutes; polishing ability - 45-60 mg per 31 minutes (for polishing resin); abrasive inclusions - none. The report gives analysis of the. Russian powders compared against the best world analogues such as Cerox (Rhone Poulenc Company, France), Regipol (London and Scandinavian Division Chemical Company, England), etc. The analysis results imply, that the chief characteristics (granulometric composition, polishing ability and service life) of the Russian samples do not yield to the best foreign analogues, and in some properties (radionuclide content, sedimentary stability and scratching inclusions quantity) even surpass them

  6. Formation cause,composition analysis and comprehensive utilization of rare earth solid wastes

    许涛; 彭会清


    Based on practical situation of rare earth industrial chain,production process and rare earth materials that could produce solid wastes on batch were discussed.Formation cause,formation volume,composition analysis and comprehensive utilization of the solid wastes of rare earth hydrometallurgy slag,electrolysis slag,Fe-based rare earth permanent magnetic materials,Co-based rare earth permanent magnetic materials,rare earth hydrogen storage materials,rare earth polishing powders and rare earth catalysts were ...

  7. Opinions on hot discussions in connection with rare earths recently

    SONG Hongfang; HONG Mei


    @@ Rare earth industry, with production value less than 30 trillion yuan, has become the hot topic both inside China and in the rest of the world since 2009. Even in stock market, rare earth was one of the most active sectors. Media in various countries, specialists in different fields and many political figures worldwide as well as some netizens showed extraordinary concerns on rare earths. Many heated arguments were made on the hot and even some sensitive topics about rare earth industry. Rare earth issues seem to be beyond the industrial production today, but the subject focused on economy, politics and strategic importance. The word "rare earth" was a yearly hot point or a key word in 2010.

  8. Enhanced pinning in mixed rare earth-123 films

    Driscoll, Judith L.; Foltyn, Stephen R.


    An superconductive article and method of forming such an article is disclosed, the article including a substrate and a layer of a rare earth barium cuprate film upon the substrate, the rare earth barium cuprate film including two or more rare earth metals capable of yielding a superconductive composition where ion size variance between the two or more rare earth metals is characterized as greater than zero and less than about 10.times.10.sup.-4, and the rare earth barium cuprate film including two or more rare earth metals is further characterized as having an enhanced critical current density in comparison to a standard YBa.sub.2Cu.sub.3O.sub.y composition under identical testing conditions.

  9. Extraction of rare earths and hydrochloric acid by trialkylphosphine oxide

    Extraction of rare earth chlorides and hydrochloric acid by trialkylphosphine oxide with different radicals (POR) (RR'2PO-POR, where RR'=alkyl of a normal structure, containing 7 to 9 carbon atoms, R=isoamyl) has been studied. Distribution of lanthanum-, neodymium-, lutetium- and yttrium chlorides during extraction with 1.28 mol/l POR solution in white spirit is investigated in the salt concentration range in the equilibrium aqueous phase from 0 to 2.8 mol/l. Lanthanide distribution coefficients increase with an increase in the order number of elements, with the separation coefficients of two extreme members of the series (Lu and La) for chlorides and nitrates constituting 100 and 80, respectively microquantities of Ln against the background of macroquantities of La is 2.6 mol/l. According to the results of measurements of viscosity, electric conductivity and water content in the extracts a conclusion is made on the state of salt in the organic phase. In the systems POR-LnCl3-HCl-H2O the hydrochloric acid extraction increases with an increase in the rare earth chloride concentration and order number of the element

  10. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films.

    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang


    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces. PMID:27086735

  11. Towards the development of rare earth free permanent magnets

    At present, the conventional rare earth hard magnets have dominated the market and Fe-Nd-B is the most efficient class of permanent magnets. The rare earth crisis in recent decades has led to find an alternative to present day hard magnetic materials. The ferrimagnetic Fe3Se4 with large uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy is a potential low cost candidate for rare earth free permanent magnet. Fe3Se4 nanocrystals were synthesized by a simple hot colloidal method

  12. Analysis and Outlook of Global Rare Earth Market

    XIONG Jiaqi


    @@ When enterd into 21st century,global rare earth market exhibits pleasing situation in recent years,profitig from fast development of global economy.China represented nearly 60% of global rare earth consumption in 2007.Rare earth consumtion in five advanced materisls including permanent magnets,polishing powder,hydrogen storage materisls,fluorescent materials and auto catalysts accounted for 60% of the tutal consumption.

  13. Mechanism of Rare Earth Incorporation and Crystal Growth of Rare Earth Containing Type-I Clathrates


    Type-I clathrates possess extremely low thermal conductivities, a property that makes them promising materials for thermoelectric applications. The incorporation of cerium into one such clathrate has recently been shown to lead to a drastic enhancement of the thermopower, another property determining the thermoelectric efficiency. Here we explore the mechanism of the incorporation of rare earth elements into type-I clathrates. Our investigation of the crystal growth and the composition of the phase Ba8–xRExTMySi46–y (RE = rare earth element; TM = Au, Pd, Pt) reveals that the RE content x is mainly governed by two factors, the free cage space and the electron balance. PMID:26823658

  14. Chemical bond properties of rare earth ions in crystals

    By using the dielectric description theory of ionicity of solids, chemical bond properties of rare earth ions with various ligands are studied. Calculated results show that chemical bond properties of the same rare earth ion and the same ligand in different crystals depend on the crystal structures. In a series of compounds, chemical bond properties of crystals containing different rare earth ions are similar. The magnitude of covalency of chemical bonds of trivalent rare earth ions and various ligands has an order like F< Cl< Br< As< Sb. (orig.)

  15. Storing Solar Energy Performance on Rare Earth Windowpane

    Li Baojun; Zhou Yao; Fu Li; Yang Tao; Li Tiansi; Li Ying


    The windowpane as the enclosure and decorative component of buildings is main part of energy consumption and the heat loss through window is almost 4% of the heating consumption in buildings. Using rare earth element,the glass can possess the performance of absorbing sunlight, storing heat, increasing the temperate of itself, and decreasing the inner heat load so as to play the double functions of saving energy and environmental protection. The experiment method of the rare earth windowpane, and analyses sunlight absorbing process of the rare earth element on photoelectric principle, and gives the changing curve with environment temperate -time of the rare earth windowpane surface were introduced.

  16. Epoxide polymers containing coordinated ions of rare earth elements

    Polymerization of phosphorus-containing glycidyl ester mixed with rare earth salts (rare earths = La, Pr, Nd, Gd - Lu, Y, Sc) at different ratios of components in the temperature range of 40 - 80 Deg C was studied for preparation of polymers with a high content of rare earths. The polymers prepared were characterized by the methods of electron and IR spectroscopy and thermomechanics. It was ascertained that solid optically transparent polymers containing up to 25 wt. % of coordinate-bound rare earth ions can be prepared using the method described

  17. Rare earth impact on glass structure and alteration kinetics

    This work is related to the question of the geological deep repository of high-level waste glass. These wastes include fission products and minor actinides, elements which can be simulated by rare earths. As new glass compositions could enable increased rare earth concentrations, it is crucial to know and understand rare earth impact on glass structure on the one hand, and on glass alteration kinetics or their incorporation into an altered layer. This work studied simplified borosilicate glasses in order to limit synergetic effects between rare earths and other elements. Various complementary techniques were used to characterize pristine and altered glasses (solid-high resolution NMR, Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence, SIMS, SAXS). Firstly, the structural role of a rare earth is discussed and is compared to a calcium cation. The local environment of rare earths is also probed. Secondly, rare earth (nature and concentration) impact on several alteration regimes was studied (initial rate, rate drop). Then, after alteration, rare earth elements being retained within the altered layer, the structural impact of rare earth elements (and their local environment) in this alteration layer was also investigated. (author)

  18. Mechanism of Rare Earth Incorporation and Crystal Growth of Rare Earth Containing Type-I Clathrates

    Prokofiev, Andrey; Svagera, Robert; Waas, Monika; Weil, Matthias; Bernardi, Johannes; Paschen, Silke


    Type-I clathrates possess extremely low thermal conductivities, a property that makes them promising materials for thermoelectric applications. The incorporation of cerium into one such clathrate has recently been shown to lead to a drastic enhancement of the thermopower, another property determining the thermoelectric efficiency. Here we explore the mechanism of the incorporation of rare earth elements into type-I clathrates. Our investigation of the crystal growth and the composition of the...

  19. Complex formation constant and hydration number change of aqua-rare earth ions

    Full text: It is now well established that the inner-sphere hydration number of aqua-rare earth ions changes from nine to eight in the middle of the rare earth series. This hydration number change greatly affects the complex formation of rare earth ions as we observe irregular variations in most series behaviours of the complex formation constant (K) in aqueous solution systems when K being plotted against 1/r or r (r is ionic radius of rare earth ion). Furthermore, it shows very anomalous concentration dependence in the sense that nona-aqua Ln3+ ion increases in number with increase in salt concentration in aqueous rare earth salt solution (salt chloride, perchlorate). In this report, a theoretical derivation of the formation constant (K) for the inner-sphere complex formation of rare earth ions with a monodentate ligand was made by taking account of both the hydration number change in the middle of the series and its anomalous salt concentration dependence. The series behaviour of the formation constant against 1/r (or r) is successfully explained with using the empirical finding that K varies almost linearly with 1/r (or r) in the region where only one hydration number dominates. This success is also taken as evidence that the anomalous salt concentration dependence of the hydration number change is caused by the outer-sphere complex formation of rare earth ions with the condition that nona-aqua rare earth ions form outer-sphere complexes more easily than octa-aqua ions

  20. Rare earth silicide nanowires on silicon surfaces

    The growth, structure and electronic properties of rare earth silicide nanowires are investigated on planar and vicinal Si(001) und Si(111) surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). On all surfaces investigated within this work hexagonal disilicides are grown epitaxially with a lattice mismatch of -2.55% up to +0.83% along the hexagonal a-axis. Along the hexagonal c-axis the lattice mismatch is essentially larger with 6.5%. On the Si(001)2 x 1 surface two types of nanowires are grown epitaxially. The socalled broad wires show a one-dimensional metallic valence band structure with states crossing the Fermi level. Along the nanowires two strongly dispersing states at the anti J point and a strongly dispersing state at the anti Γ point can be observed. Along the thin nanowires dispersing states could not be observed. Merely in the direction perpendicular to the wires an intensity variation could be observed, which corresponds to the observed spacial structure of the thin nanowires. The electronic properties of the broad erbium silicide nanowires are very similar to the broad dysprosium silicide nanowires. The electronic properties of the DySi2-monolayer and the Dy3Si5-multilayer on the Si(111) surface are investigated in comparison to the known ErSi2/Si(111) and Er3Si5/Si(111) system. The positions and the energetic locations of the observed band in the surface Brillouin zone will be confirmed for dysprosium. The shape of the electron pockets in the vector k parallel space is elliptical at the anti M points, while the hole pocket at the anti Γ point is showing a hexagonal symmetry. On the Si(557) surface the structural and electronic properties depend strongly on the different preparation conditions likewise, in particular on the rare earth coverage. At submonolayer coverage the thin nanowires grow in wide areas of the sample surface, which are oriented in the same

  1. Improved Rare-Earth Emitter Hollow Cathode

    Goebel, Dan M.


    An improvement has been made to the design of the hollow cathode geometry that was created for the rare-earth electron emitter described in Compact Rare Earth Emitter Hollow Cathode (NPO-44923), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 34, No. 3 (March 2010), p. 52. The original interior assembly was made entirely of graphite in order to be compatible with the LaB6 material, which cannot be touched by metals during operation due to boron diffusion causing embrittlement issues in high-temperature refractory materials. Also, the graphite tube was difficult to machine and was subject to vibration-induced fracturing. This innovation replaces the graphite tube with one made out of refractory metal that is relatively easy to manufacture. The cathode support tube is made of molybdenum or molybdenum-rhenium. This material is easily gun-bored to near the tolerances required, and finish machined with steps at each end that capture the orifice plate and the mounting flange. This provides the manufacturability and robustness needed for flight applications, and eliminates the need for expensive e-beam welding used in prior cathodes. The LaB6 insert is protected from direct contact with the refractory metal tube by thin, graphite sleeves in a cup-arrangement around the ends of the insert. The sleeves, insert, and orifice plate are held in place by a ceramic spacer and tungsten spring inserted inside the tube. To heat the cathode, an insulating tube is slipped around the refractory metal hollow tube, which can be made of high-temperature materials like boron nitride or aluminum nitride. A screw-shaped slot, or series of slots, is machined in the outside of the ceramic tube to constrain a refractory metal wire wound inside the slot that is used as the heater. The screw slot can hold a single heater wire that is then connected to the front of the cathode tube by tack-welding to complete the electrical circuit, or it can be a double slot that takes a bifilar wound heater with both leads coming out

  2. Accumulation of rare earth elements by siderophore-forming Arthrobacter luteolus isolated from rare earth environment of Chavara, India

    E S Challaraj Emmanuel; T Ananthi; B Anandkumar; S Maruthamuthu


    In this study, Arthrobacter luteolus, isolated from rare earth environment of Chavara (Quilon district, Kerala, India), were found to produce catechol-type siderophores. The bacterial strain accumulated rare earth elements such as samarium and scandium. The siderophores may play a role in the accumulation of rare earth elements. Catecholate siderophore and low-molecular-weight organic acids were found to be present in experiments with Arthrobacter luteolus. The influence of siderophore on the accumulation of rare earth elements by bacteria has been extensively discussed.

  3. Barocaloric effect in rare earth compounds

    Antunes de Oliveira, Nilson


    The magnetic barocaloric effect, which is characterized by the isothermal entropy change and adiabatic temperature change upon pressure variation can be a very useful to improve the performance of magnetic refrigerator. In this work, we discuss the barocaloric effect in rare earth compounds. To this end we use a model of interacting localized magnetic moments. In the first part of the work we make a systematic analysis in terms of the model parameters, considering the simplest case whose angular momentum is 1/2. Our calculations show that the behavior of the barocaloric quantities can be normal, inverse or anomalous. In the second part of the work, we apply the model to describe the barocaloric effect in the compounds RCo2, Gd5Si2Ge2 and Tb5Si2Ge2. Our theoretical calculations for Gd5Si2Ge2 is in a reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. Our calculations for the other compounds, need experimental data to be confirmed. CNPq, FAPERJ

  4. Ultrasonic attenuation in rare-earth monoarsenides



    The present paper deals with the theoretical calculation of mechanical and thermophysical properties of rare-earth monoarsenides, XAs (X: Np, Pu, Th and U) using elastic constants as the input parameters. These second- and third-order elastic constants (SOECs and TOECs) are determinedin the temperature range 100–500K using Coulomb and Born–Mayer potential upto second nearest neighbours. In order to provide the link between mechanical and dynamical behaviour of crystals, parameters such as Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, Poisson’s ratio etc. are also calculated.In addition, the Cauchy relationship is obeyed by the chosen monoarsenides and are fairly anisotropic, which results in the measurement of longitudinal and shear wave velocities along $\\langle100 \\rangle$, $\\langle110\\rangle$ and $\\langle 111\\rangle$ directions. The toughness/fracture $(G/BT)$ ratio is greater than 0.60, which implies that XAs compounds are brittle at room temperature. Further, the Debye temperature is computed using Debye average velocity as the input parameter. It helps in the characterization of lattice vibrations of a solid. In this work, ultrasonic attenuation due to phonon–phonon interaction$\\alpha/f^2_{\\rm p−p}$ and thermoelastic loss $\\alpha/f ^{2}$th are computed for XAs from 100 to 500K using Mason’s theory. It further helps in evaluating the microstructural properties of the chosen materials. The obtained results indicate that XAs is mechanically stable and are compared with data availablein the literature.

  5. Weed Seed Labelling with Rare Earth Elements

    The dormancy period of weed seed under field conditions so far could not be determined with reliability because of the lack of a suitable method for labelling seed. Rademacher and co-workers labelled weed seed with 35S for studying germination in relation to different methods of soil cultivation. Since 35S has a half-period of 87.1 d only, labelling is practically ineffective after one year. The authors of this paper therefore tried to label weed seed with lanthanum, europium and dysprosium. Since these elements (1) do not occur in the standard soils in interfering quantities, and (2) can easily be determined by neutron activation analysis, they are useful for non-radioactive labelling. In pot experiments they were added like fertilizers before the soil was seeded with Sinapsis alba or Vicia villosa. After harvesting, samples of the plants' roots, stems, leaves, and seed were irradiated in the reactor and the rare earth elements determined by neutron-activation analysis. Evaluation of the results disclosed that traceable quantities of lanthanum, europium, and dysprosium were present in roots, stems, and leaves, but not in the grains of seed. It is the intention, in further experiments, to increase the concentration of the applied elements up to the limit of compatibility, and to find out whether a more concentrated supply will increase the incorporation in seeds. If one of these elements is present in a reasonable concentration, experiments with labelled weed seed will be possible for periods of several years. (author)

  6. Magnetic properties of rare earth iron compounds

    In this thesis, a study is made of hyperfine interactions in the intermetallic compounds Rsub(x)Fesub(y) (R = rare earth, Y or Th) by using the Moessbauer effect in the 57Fe nucleus. The hyperfine interactions in two series of Rsub(x)Fesub(y) compounds, for which Ysub(x)Fesub(y) and Ersub(x)Fesub(y) were chosen, are studied. Thus a comparison can be made between the magnetic properties of compounds with diamagnetic yttrium and ferromagnetic erbium, respectively. In addition, the magnetic anisotropy of these compounds Ysub(x)Fesub(y) and Ersub(x)Fesub(y) has been investigated. The major part of this thesis concerns a study of the R2Fe17 intermetallic compounds. Since Co or Ni substitution for Fe in R2Fe17 compounds results in a fast increase of the Curie temperature, some pseudobinary R2Fesub(17-x)Msub(x) compounds with R = Tm and Er and M = Co and Ni, have been investigated. ThFe5 has been studied, since it is the only known existing RFe5 compound with a crystal structure which is closely related to that of Th2Fe17

  7. Rare-earth-doped fluorozirconate fiber lasers

    Rare-earth-doped fiber lasers fabricated using silica-based fibers are rapidly becoming an established technology. Simultaneously, in the search for lower losses to achieve longer repeaterless communications links, another fiber technology based on fluorozirconate glasses is emerging. Fluorozirconate glass systems are known to be suitable laser hosts, and the authors have already reported Nd-doped fiber lasers using this technology. Recently the authors have used a 0.5-m length of 44-μm core fluorozirconate fiber doped with 1000 ppm of Nd3+ ions in a longitudinally pumped Fabry-Perot cavity with a 90% output coupler. They observed lasing at 1.05 μm with a threshold of 33-mW launched power at 514 nm and a slope efficiency of 16.8%. The authors attribute this improvement to the higher dopant concentration, better fiber to mirror coupling, and more optimum output coupler reflectivity. In addition the same fiber used with two high-reflector mirrors at 1.35μm produced lasing at 1.35μm with a threshold of 60-mW launched power

  8. Rare earth elements: Yttrium and higher plants

    Kastori Rudolf R.


    Full Text Available Rare earth elements (REEs form a chemically uniform group with very similar physical and chemical properties. The REEs include the elements scandium, yttrium, and the lanthanides from lanthanum to lutetium. They are widely distributed and present in all parts of the biosphere. REEs are required in industry, agriculture, medicine, biotechnology, environmental problems and many other fields. Lately, many experiments show their positive or negative, first of all nonspecific, effect on life processes of higher plants as well as growth and yield of cultivated species, but the physiological mechanisms are still not well understood. It has been determined that yttrium is widely distributed in plants, as well as that certain plant species uptake yttrium at different extent. Its highest accumulation is in the root and the leaf. Although yttrium was discovered more than two centuries ago, its effect on higher plants - their anatomical and morphological built, physiological and biochemical processes etc. - is very little known. One of the basic reasons is that yttrium, as well as other REEs elements, according to current knowledge, is not biogenic for higher plants and - wider - for live organisms. The objective of this paper is to concisely show previous knowledge about yttrium in the plant world.

  9. Current situation and outlook of China rare earth industry (continued)%Current situation and outlook of China rare earth industry (continued)


    (1) Regional rare earth economy basically formed and consolidation of rare earth industry is progressing steadily Baotou Steel Rare Earths has consolidated the rare earth industry in Inner Mongolia and Northern Rare Earth Group led by Baotou Steel (Group) Company has been established. Consolidation Work Plan for Upstream Enterprises in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was announced on May 4, 2011. Based on the document, except Baotou Steel Rare Earths, total 35 companies (5 in Huhhot,

  10. MBE growth and characterisation of light rare-earth superlattices

    Ward, R.C.C.; Wells, M.R.; Bryn-Jacobsen, C.;


    The molecular beam epitaxy growth techniques which have already successfully produced a range of heavy rare-earth superlattices have now been extended to produce superlattices of two light rare-earth elements, Nd/Pr, as well as superlattices and alloy films of a heavy/light system, Ho/Pr. High...

  11. Method of producing a ductile rare-earth containing superalloy

    A method is provided for producing ductile superalloys containing rare-earth metals, lanthanum, and yttrium by melting the desired alloy composition by conventional melt practices, adding the rare-earth metals, lanthanum or yttrium to the molten composition, forming the alloy composition into solid electrodes, remelting the solid electrode by electroslag remelting, techniques and casting the remelted alloy

  12. Energy transfer processes in rare-earth compounds

    In this thesis the results are described of an investigation into the radiationless transfer of electronic excitation energies in various Eu3+ and Tb3+ compounds, which show structural peculiarities in the rare-earth sublattice. These peculiarities are an one-dimensional sublattice as well as two different crystallographic locations for the rare-earth ion. 154 refs.; 43 figs.; 12 tabs

  13. Imports εt Exports Review of Chinese Rare Earths


    @@ China developed herself from being predominant at RE resources into a country with the largest production, the highest export volume and the largest application of rare earth products in the world. Today, China plays a leading role in the global rare earth market.

  14. Separation of rare earths from solutions of phosphoric acid

    Rare earths are separated from 6M phosphoric acid by adsorption onto cation resin BIORAD AG50W-X8. The phosphoric acid is then washed from the column, and the rare earths are eluted with 4M hydrochloric acid

  15. Review and outlook of 2008 China rare earth market

    ZHANG Lihua


    @@ I.Environment and trend of RE market 1.Operation environment in 2008 Chinese government further strengthened its macro-control on rare earth industry in 2008.Mandatory planning policy was implemented in the production of rare earth minerals and smelted products.

  16. Determination of active oxygen content in rare earth peroxides

    The content of active oxygen in rare earth peroxides have been determined after the dissolution of the samples with hydrocloridic acid in the presence of potassium iodide. The free generated iodine is titrated with sodium thiosulfate using starch as indicator. The oxidation of iodide to the free iodine indicates the presence of a higher valence state rare earth oxide, until now specifically recognized for the oxides of cerium (Ce O2), praseodymium (Pr6 O11) and terbium (TB4 O7). recently the authors synthesized a new series of rare earth compounds, the peroxides. These new compounds were prepared by precipitating the rare earth elements complexed with carbonate ion by addition of hydrogen peroxide. the authors demonstrated that all rare earth elements, once solubilized by complexing with carbonate ion, are quantitatively precipitated as peroxide by addition of hydrogen peroxide. (author)

  17. Rare earth resources development and its NORM radiation protection

    There is growing demand for rare earth elements as raw materials for industrial goods such as high performance magnet. Thus, rare earth resources attract a lot of strategic attention internationally. The rare earth ore often contains uranium and thorium, that are Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). Usually, such radioactive substances almost remain in the waste yielded in the extraction process for rare earth elements. Therefore, radiation protection is required in all of operation phases from mining and refining to waste disposal, and it is appropriate to the purpose to use the reference level of intervention in the ICRP recommendation. To ensure resource development, it is important that sites where wastes were disposed of are reused under monitored natural attenuation of the chemical conditions of the wastes after early physical stabilization of the land. This paper illustrates current status of rare earth development along with related radiation protection issue. (author)

  18. Rare earth silicide nanowires on silicon surfaces

    Wanke, Martina


    The growth, structure and electronic properties of rare earth silicide nanowires are investigated on planar and vicinal Si(001) und Si(111) surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). On all surfaces investigated within this work hexagonal disilicides are grown epitaxially with a lattice mismatch of -2.55% up to +0.83% along the hexagonal a-axis. Along the hexagonal c-axis the lattice mismatch is essentially larger with 6.5%. On the Si(001)2 x 1 surface two types of nanowires are grown epitaxially. The socalled broad wires show a one-dimensional metallic valence band structure with states crossing the Fermi level. Along the nanowires two strongly dispersing states at the anti J point and a strongly dispersing state at the anti {gamma} point can be observed. Along the thin nanowires dispersing states could not be observed. Merely in the direction perpendicular to the wires an intensity variation could be observed, which corresponds to the observed spacial structure of the thin nanowires. The electronic properties of the broad erbium silicide nanowires are very similar to the broad dysprosium silicide nanowires. The electronic properties of the DySi{sub 2}-monolayer and the Dy{sub 3}Si{sub 5}-multilayer on the Si(111) surface are investigated in comparison to the known ErSi{sub 2}/Si(111) and Er{sub 3}Si{sub 5}/Si(111) system. The positions and the energetic locations of the observed band in the surface Brillouin zone will be confirmed for dysprosium. The shape of the electron pockets in the (vector)k {sub parallel} space is elliptical at the anti M points, while the hole pocket at the anti {gamma} point is showing a hexagonal symmetry. On the Si(557) surface the structural and electronic properties depend strongly on the different preparation conditions likewise, in particular on the rare earth coverage. At submonolayer coverage the thin nanowires grow in wide areas

  19. Fluoride solid electrolytes containing rare earth elements

    Viera Trnovcová; Pavel P. Fedorov; Ivan Furár


    Relations between the structure, ionic conductivity and dielectric properties of fluoride systems of different structures containing rare earth elements were presented. Superionic conductivities, by fluoride ions, of fluorite-structured (MF2-REF3, M=Ba, Pb, RE=La-Lu, Sc, Y), orthorhombic (REF3, RE=Tb-Er,Y), tysonite-structured (REF3-MF2, RE=La-Nd, M=Sr), monoclinic (BaRE2F8, RE=Ho-Yb, Y) fluoride single crystals and eutectic composites (LiF-REF3, RE=La-Gd,Y) were compared. Anisotropy of electrical properties of crystals with a lower symmetry was explained by modeling optimum ionic paths. For explanation of concentration dependences of fast ionic conductivity, models of aggregation of defects into clusters were proposed. In fluorite-structured crystals, the highest ionic conductivity was found for PbF2: 7 mol% ScF3 (at 500 K, σ500=0.13 S/cm). In tysonite-structured crystals, the highest ionic conductivity was found for LaF3: 3 mol% SrF2 (σ500=2.4×10-2 S/cm). Different types of coordination polyhedrons and their different linking in orthorhombic and tysonite structure explained large differences between conductivities in both structures. Eutectic systems, prepared as directionally solidified composites, enabled to study some orthorhombic fluoride phases (GdF3, SmF3), which cannot be prepared as single crystals. An influence of the orthorhombic-tysonite phase transition on the ionic conductivity was shown.

  20. Magnetic form factors of rare earth ions

    The magnetic scattering of neutrons by atoms has been investigated by exploiting its similarity to the radiation problem in spectroscopy. Expressions for the magnetic scattering amplitude were developed for cases in whcih an atom in the l/sup n/ electronic configuration is described either by a relativistic or nonrelativistic Hamiltonian. For each of these cases, it has been shown that the magnetic scattering amplitude can be expressed in terms of relativistic or nonrelativistic matrix elements of magnetic and electric multipole operators. For a nonrelativistic atom, the calculation of these matrix elements has been separated into evaluating radial matrix elements and matrix elements of Racah tensors W/(sup 0,k)k/ and W/(sup 1,k')k/. For a relativistic atom the effective operator approach has been used to define effective multipole operators so that a relativistic result is obtained by taking matrix elements of these effective operators between nonrelativistic states of the atom. The calculation of matrix elements of these effective operators has been reduced to evaluating relativistic radial integrals and matrix elements of the Racah tensors taken between nonrelativistic states of the atom. It is shown tha for the case of elastic scattering by either a relativistic or nonrelativistic atom in single Russel-Saunders state, the magnetic scattering amplitude can be written in the conventional form p(vector q)vector q/sub m/.vector sigma. General expressions for p(vector q) as well as elastic magnetic form factorshave been obtained. The formalism has been illustrated throughout by applying it to the case of scattering by rare earth ions

  1. Rare earth elements in Hamersley BIF minerals

    Alibert, Chantal


    Minerals from the Hamersley banded iron formation, Western Australia, were analyzed for Y and rare earth elements (YREEs) by laser ablation ICP-MS to investigate diagenetic pathways, from precursor phases to BIF minerals. One group of apatites carries the seawater REE signature, giving evidence that P and REEs, thoroughly scavenged from the water column by Si-ferrihydrite particles, were released upon microbial Fe3+ reductive dissolution of Si-ferrihydrite in pore-water and finally sequestered mainly in authigenic apatite. The absence of fractionation between apatite and seawater suggests that REE were first incorporated into an amorphous calcium phosphate as fully hydrated cations, i.e. as outer-sphere complexes. The iron oxides and carbonates carry only a small fraction of the whole-rock REE budget. Their REE patterns are distinctly enriched in Yb and show some M-type tetrad effect consistent with experimental Kd(REE) between solid and saline solution with low carbonate ion concentrations. It is deduced that hematite formed at an incipient stage of Fe2+-catalyzed dissolution of Si-ferrihydrite, via a dissolution-reprecipitation pathway. The REE pattern of greenalite, found as sub-micron particles in quartz in a chert-siderite sample, is consistent with its authigenic origin by precipitation in pore-water after dissolution of a small amount of Si-ferrihydrite. Magnetite carries very low YREEs (ppb-level), has an homogeneous pattern distinctly enriched in the mid-REEs compared to hematite, and includes a late population depleted in light-REEs, Ba and As. Magnetite forming aggregates and massive laminae is tentatively interpreted as reflecting some fluid-aided hematite-magnetite re-equilibration or transformation at low-grade metamorphic temperatures.


    Duffield, R.B.; Stoughton, R.W.


    A method is presented for separating plutonium from the cerium sub-group of rare earths when both are present in an aqueous solution. The method consists in adding an excess of alkali metal carbonate to the solution, which causes the formation of a soluble plutonium carbonate precipitate and at the same time forms an insoluble cerium-group rare earth carbonate. The pH value must be adjusted to bctween 5.5 and 7.5, and prior to the precipitation step the plutonium must be reduced to the tetravalent state since only tetravalent plutonium will form the soluble carbonate complex.

  3. Numerical Simulation on the Device of Rare Earth Oxide Preparation by Rare Earth Chloride Spray Pyrolysis

    Yan Liu


    Full Text Available Based on the industrial applications of jet pyrolysis technology and it being used for the production of rare earth oxides, the paper hopes to find out an efficient, economic, and environmental friendly new technology which is suitable for production of rare earth oxides. In this paper, a chloride pyrolysis water model is designed, and standard κ-ε turbulence model and VOF model were coupled to simulate the three-dimensional steady gas-liquid flow in jet reactor. The valuable parameter we got provides strong basis for the experimental equipment manufacturing in thermal state and determining test program. Conclusions show that when the drainage tube diameter is 3 mm, it can guarantee that two-phase distribution of the gas-liquid is more uniform and easy for gas-liquid mixing in the tail region of the Venturi tube. If the fluid near the middle of the duct in front of the Venturi starts to reach equilibrium as constant speed flowing, it proves that elongated pipe is conducive to obtain a stable flow of air required by experiments. In the adjustable pipeline location of the Venturi tube, fluid can form a closed loop and generate reflux in the export where atomization and gas-liquid mixing have good effects.

  4. Study on Competitive Power of Rare Earth Industry in China

    Qian Jiuhong; Li Guoping


    China is abundant of rare earth resources, it has been the biggest producer, consumer and supplier. The superiority and the scale within the last 40 years make it possible to develop China's rare earth industry in a higher degree.But the superiority of rare earth resources has not turned into the economic superiority, and the development of rare earth industry in China with high speed does not lead to high benefits. Therefore, it has become the hot point and vital task now how to resolve the main problems of rare earth industry in China and how to make its rare earth industry grow healthily and steadily through transforming resources, adjusting structure, escalating industry, bringing forth new ideas in technology. This article aims at analyzing the competitive power of China's rare earth industry in the application of "Diamond framework, Determinants of National Advantage" written by Michael Porter, the well-known economist,based on the analysis, the author puts forward a strategic proposal to raise the competitive power.

  5. Bioleaching of rare earth elements from monazite sand.

    Brisson, Vanessa L; Zhuang, Wei-Qin; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa


    Three fungal strains were found to be capable of bioleaching rare earth elements from monazite, a rare earth phosphate mineral, utilizing the monazite as a phosphate source and releasing rare earth cations into solution. These organisms include one known phosphate solubilizing fungus, Aspergillus niger ATCC 1015, as well as two newly isolated fungi: an Aspergillus terreus strain ML3-1 and a Paecilomyces spp. strain WE3-F. Although monazite also contains the radioactive element Thorium, bioleaching by these fungi preferentially solubilized rare earth elements over Thorium, leaving the Thorium in the solid residual. Adjustments in growth media composition improved bioleaching performance measured as rare earth release. Cell-free spent medium generated during growth of A. terreus strain ML3-1 and Paecilomyces spp. strain WE3-F in the presence of monazite leached rare earths to concentrations 1.7-3.8 times those of HCl solutions of comparable pH, indicating that compounds exogenously released by these organisms contribute substantially to leaching. Organic acids released by the organisms included acetic, citric, gluconic, itaconic, oxalic, and succinic acids. Abiotic leaching with laboratory prepared solutions of these acids was not as effective as bioleaching or leaching with cell-free spent medium at releasing rare earths from monazite, indicating that compounds other than the identified organic acids contribute to leaching performance. PMID:26332985

  6. Review and forecast of China rare earth industry (continued)


    @@ 3. Current rare earth export situation a. RE export enterprises To further strengthen administration on export of rare earths and standardize export system, the Ministry of Commerce instituted the "Qualification Standards and Application Procedures for Rare Earth Export Enterprises" in 2006, which regulated the export from production capacity, technologies, safety & environmental protection and credit of enterprises, hence to standardize the export system. There were 47 RE export enterprises announced in common trade in 2006, while it dropped to 41 ones in 2007 and 25 in 2008. There were merely 23 export enterprises in 2009.

  7. Electrowinning of high purity individual rare earth metals - a review

    Rare earth metals are finding applications in various fields. The demand for purer individual metals is increasing. The two important methods of preparation of the pure metals are Metallothermic Reduction and Electrowinning. In Electrowinning, the rare earth fluoride, chloride or oxide is elctrolysed using direct current. Fused salt electrolysis is the commonly used method. The important developments in the area of electrometallurgy is summarised in this paper. In general, the paper deals with the important findings and developments in the process development of electrowinning of rare earth elements. (author) 49 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  8. Advances on Rare Earth Application in Pollution Ecology

    Huang Xiaohua; Zhou Qing; Zhang Guangsheng


    The use of rare earth for inducing plant resistance was reviewed. The important developments in recent years were described, and rare earth can alleviate the pollution of acid rain, ozone, pesticide, heavy metals etc. in environment. The authors suggest that the mechanism of rare earth to inducing plant resistance and reducing plant injury is to control biochemical metabolism web in plant cell, to adjust its protection system of free radical, to maintain its photosynthesis, to protect cell membrane system and to carry through its function on mineral metabolism. Meanwhile some problems in the field were discussed as well.

  9. Rare earth doped solid state laser gain medium

    Among the rare earths, Nd has been one of the most popular laser active ions, however in recent times there is lot of interest on other ions like Yb as it has low quantum defect. This talk shall focus mainly on the growth of rare earth doped YVO4 single crystals by optical floating zone technique. Single crystals of YVO4 doped with rare earth is widely used for compact diode pumped solid state lasers as it offers several advantages like high slope efficiency, low laser threshold, wide pumping bandwidth and linearly polarized emission

  10. Influence of Rare Earth on Carbide in Weld Metal

    ZHANG Yuan-Bin; REN Deng-Yi


    The influence of rare earths (RE) on carbides in high carbon steel weld metal was studied by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX). It is found that rare earth markedly affects the quantity, morphology and distribution of carbides. The precipitating mechanism of carbides was proposed in which rare earth compounds with high surface energy serve as the nucleation sites for carbides in superheated liquid metal and the induced carbides are precipitated extensively and distributed evenly. The preferential precipitation of carbides decreases the carbon content in matrix, which is transformed into low carbon lath martensite after welds are chilled to room temperature.

  11. Preparation and properties of 3-nitro phthalates of rare earth elements and some transition elements

    All investigated rare earths nitro phthalates have been prepared by chemical reactions of 3-nitro phthalic acid and respective hydroxides. The products' purity and their structure have been identified by means of IR spectra. The crystal structure of interesting compounds have also been investigated. The powder Debye's-Scherrer's roentgenographic method has been used. Dehydratation process for 3-nitro phthalates of rare earths and some transition elements has been studied during their heating up to 523 K. Solubilities in water and conductivities of aqueous solutions for all investigated compounds have been determined in 293 K. Physico-chemical properties of 3-nitro phthalates of rare earths and transition elements have been compared with respective values for phthalates, well known from the literature. The influence of nitro group presence in the molecule has been discussed on that base. 105 refs, 26 figs, 30 tabs

  12. Extraction and stripping of rare earths using mixtures of acidic phosphorusbased reagents

    WANG Xianglan; LI Wei; LI Deqian


    Studies were carried out on the extraction characters of trivalent rare earths from chloride solutions using organophosphorus acids 2-ethylhexylphosphonic acid mono-(2-ethylhexyl) ester (HEHEHP) combined with [di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phosphoric acid (HDEHP), isopropylphosphonic acid l-hexyl-4-ethyloctyl ester (HHEOIPP), bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-phosphinic acid (Cyanex 272), bis(2,4,4-trimethypen-tyl)-monothiophosphinic acid (Cyanex 302) or bis(2,4,4-trimethypentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid (Cyanex 301)] as extractants. The effect of the equilibrium aqueous acidity on the extraction was studied. According to the corresponding separation factors for adjacent pairs of rare earths,it could be concluded that HEHEHP and Cyanex 272 could be employed for the separation of Tm(Ⅲ), Yb(Ⅲ), Lu(Ⅲ) from the other rare earths. Taking Yb(Ⅲ) as an example, based on the different stripping acid, the potential of the stripping was estimated.

  13. Extraction of yttrium group rare earth and yttrium(3) nitrates with tri-n-butylphosphates from multicomponent solutions

    Extraction of yttrium group rare earth metals(3) nitrate and yttrium(3) nitrate from multicomponent solutions of tri-n-butylphosphate at T = 298.15 K and pH 2 was considered. Physicochemical and mathematical models describing distribution of lanthanides (samarium-lutetium) and yttrium(3) in the multicomponent solutions, depending on total concentration of rare earth metal ions in aqueous solution and composition of concentrates, are presented

  14. Compact Rare Earth Emitter Hollow Cathode

    Watkins, Ronald; Goebel, Dan; Hofer, Richard


    A compact, high-current, hollow cathode utilizing a lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6) thermionic electron emitter has been developed for use with high-power Hall thrusters and ion thrusters. LaB6 cathodes are being investigated due to their long life, high current capabilities, and less stringent xenon purity and handling requirements compared to conventional barium oxide (BaO) dispenser cathodes. The new cathode features a much smaller diameter than previously developed versions that permit it to be mounted on axis of a Hall thruster ( internally mounted ), as opposed to the conventional side-mount position external to the outer magnetic circuit ("externally mounted"). The cathode has also been reconfigured to be capable of surviving vibrational loads during launch and is designed to solve the significant heater and materials compatibility problems associated with the use of this emitter material. This has been accomplished in a compact design with the capability of high-emission current (10 to 60 A). The compact, high-current design has a keeper diameter that allows the cathode to be mounted on the centerline of a 6- kW Hall thruster, inside the iron core of the inner electromagnetic coil. Although designed for electric propulsion thrusters in spacecraft station- keeping, orbit transfer, and interplanetary applications, the LaB6 cathodes are applicable to the plasma processing industry in applications such as optical coatings and semiconductor processing where reactive gases are used. Where current electrical propulsion thrusters with BaO emitters have limited life and need extremely clean propellant feed systems at a significant cost, these LaB6 cathodes can run on the crudest-grade xenon propellant available without impact. Moreover, in a laboratory environment, LaB6 cathodes reduce testing costs because they do not require extended conditioning periods under hard vacuum. Alternative rare earth emitters, such as cerium hexaboride (CeB6) can be used in this

  15. Trace recovery of uranium and rare earth contained in phosphates by liquid-liquid extraction in sulfuric attack liquor

    Uranium and rare earths can be recovered in sedimentary phosphates during the wet processing of the ore by sulfuric acid giving raw phosphoric acid at 30 per cent of P2O5. Practically all the uranium contained and only part of rare earths are put into solution in this treatment. Separation of these elements in the phosphoric solution is obtained by liquid-liquid extraction with alkylphosphoric acids and especially with their mono and di esters. Partition isotherms are determined and counter-current tests are effected. Uranium and rare earths reextraction from these solvents can be simultaneous or separate with aqueous solutions alkaline or containing HF or by antisynergism. Pros and cons of each reextraction process are discussed. In conclusion HDEHP or OPPA are recommended because of availability, stability and hydrodynamic, OPPA less selective with rare earths allows the recovery with uranium of ceric earths, yttrium and yttric earths

  16. Science and technology of the rare earth elements

    The present work studies the chemical physics properties, the different methods of analysis (neutron activation, emission spectrometry, chromatography), and the techniques of separation of rare earth (electrodeposition, thermic decomposition, salts distillation and ions exchange)

  17. Magneto-Optical Experiments on Rare Earth Garnet Films.

    Tanner, B. K.


    Describes experiments in which inexpensive or standard laboratory equipment is used to measure several macroscopic magnetic properties of thin rare earth garnet films used in the manufacture of magnetic bubble devices. (Author/CS)

  18. Monolithic Rare Earth Doped PTR Glass Laser Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The main goal of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a monolithic solid state laser on the basis of PTR glass co-doped with luminescent rare earth...

  19. Dendriform pulmonary ossification in patient with rare earth pneumoconiosis

    Yoon, H.; Moon, H.; Park, S.; J. Song; Lim, Y.; Kohyama, N


    The case history is presented of a patient with pathologically proven dendriform pulmonary ossification and rare earth pneumoconiosis confirmed by analytical transmission electron microscopy. This is thought to be the first report of this association.

  20. Local magnetic susceptibility in rare-earth compounds

    Shiozawa, H; Obu, K


    The element specific magnetic susceptibilities of some rare-earth compounds are estimated by measuring magnetic circular dichroism at rare-earth M sub 4 sub , sub 5 absorption edges. The temperature dependences of the rare-earth 4f local magnetic susceptibilities in dense Kondo materials, CeNi, CeSn sub 3 and CeRu sub 4 Sb sub 1 sub 2 , are remarkably different from those of the bulk magnetic susceptibilities measured by a conventional magnetometer, although the 4f electron is regarded to mainly hold the magnetic moment in these compounds. In contrast, the rare-earth 4f local magnetic susceptibility of ferromagnetic NdFe sub 4 P sub 1 sub 2 shows almost as similar behavior as the bulk one.


    Ballou, Rafik; Lemaire, R.


    The strong cobalt anisotropies in rare earth-cobalt intermetallics are shown to arise from orbitally selective 3d band energy dispersion due to either chain like or layered like cobalt staking rather than from usual crystal field effect.

  2. Rare earths: Market disruption, innovation, and global supply chains

    Eggert, Roderick; Wadia, Cyrus; Anderson, Corby; Bauer, Diana; Fields, Fletcher; Meinert, Lawrence D.; Taylor, Patrick


    Rare earths, sometimes called the vitamins of modern materials, captured public attention when their prices increased more than ten-fold in 2010 and 2011. As prices fell between 2011 and 2016, rare earths receded from public view—but less visibly they became a major focus of innovative activity in companies, government laboratories and universities. Geoscientists worked to better understand the resource base and improve our knowledge about mineral deposits that will be mines in the future. Process engineers carried out research that is making primary production and recycling more efficient. Materials scientists and engineers searched for substitutes that will require fewer or no rare earths while providing properties comparable or superior to those of existing materials. As a result, even though global supply chains are not significantly different now than they were before the market disruption, the innovative activity motivated by the disruption likely will have far-reaching, if unpredictable, consequences for supply chains of rare earths in the future.

  3. Multilayer Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Architectures Utilizing Rare Earth Doped YSZ and Rare Earth Pyrochlores

    Schmitt, Michael P.; Rai, Amarendra K.; Bhattacharya, Rabi; Zhu, Dongming; Wolfe, Douglas E.


    To allow for increased gas turbine efficiencies, new insulating thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) must be developed to protect the underlying metallic components from higher operating temperatures. This work focused on using rare earth doped (Yb and Gd) yttria stabilized zirconia (t' Low-k) and Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlores (GZO) combined with novel nanolayered and thick layered microstructures to enable operation beyond the 1200 C stability limit of current 7 wt% yttria stabilized zirconia (7YSZ) coatings. It was observed that the layered system can reduce the thermal conductivity by approximately 45 percent with respect to YSZ after 20 hr of testing at 1316 C. The erosion rate of GZO is shown to be an order to magnitude higher than YSZ and t' Low-k, but this can be reduced by almost 57 percent when utilizing a nanolayered structure. Lastly, the thermal instability of the layered system is investigated and thought is given to optimization of layer thickness.

  4. A study of rare earth doped silicate and phosphate glasses

    Bowron, Daniel Timothy


    The complementary techniques of X-ray diffraction and EXAFS have been applied to silicate and phosphate glass systems containing varying quantities of rare earth elements. The silicate systems that have been studied are rare earth doped fibre optic preforms of interest to the optoelectronics and telecommunications industry. Techniques were developed to allow spatially resolved diffraction and EXAFS data to be taken from the small ~1mm diameter core region of the preforms. Absorpt...

  5. Theoretical prediction of topological insulator in ternary rare earth chalcogenides

    Yan, Binghai; Zhang, Hai-Jun; Liu, Chao-Xing; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Frauenheim, Thomas; Zhang, Shou-Cheng


    A new class of three-dimensional topological insulator, ternary rare earth chalcogenides, is theoretically investigated with ab initio calculations. Based on both bulk band structure analysis and the direct calculation of topological surface states, we demonstrate that LaBiTe3 is a topological insulator. La can be substituted by other rare earth elements, which provide candidates for novel topological states such as quantum anomalous Hall insulator, axionic insulator and topological Kondo ins...

  6. Social and Environmental Impact of the Rare Earth Industries

    Saleem H. Ali


    The use of rare earth elements in various technologies continues to grow despite some alternatives being found for particular uses. Given a history of ecological concerns about pollution from rare earth mines, particularly in China, there are growing social and environmental concerns about the growth of the mining and mineral processing in this sector. This is best exemplified by the recent social and environmental conflict surrounding the development of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LA...

  7. Rare Earth Doped Polymer Waveguide Materials and Devices

    Edwin; Y.B.Pun


    1 Results Rare earth doped waveguide amplifiers and devices have been demonstrated in silica, crystal and other glass hosts. These rare earth doped optical waveguide devices are based on inorganic materials. Many processing steps are required and can lead to long fabrication time and low yield.Polymer materials offer many distinct properties compared to inorganic materials, such as ease of fabrication, low production costs, simple processing steps, and compatibility with micro-fabrication technologies. ...

  8. Chromates (3) and chromates (5) of rare earths

    Data on preparation methods, structure and properties of chromates (3, 5) and mixed chromates (3) of rare earths, scandium and yttrium are generalized. Phase diagrams of systems Ln2O3-Cr2O3 (Ln - rare earths, Sc, Y), chemical and thermodynamic properties of chromates (3, 5), their crystal structure and character of thermal decomposition are considered. Application fields of the compounds mentioned are suggested

  9. Rare Earth-Activated Silica-Based Nanocomposites

    C. Armellini


    Full Text Available Two different kinds of rare earth-activated glass-based nanocomposite photonic materials, which allow to tailor the spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions: (i Er3+-activated SiO2-HfO2 waveguide glass ceramic, and (ii core-shell-like structures of Er3+-activated silica spheres obtained by a seed growth method, are presented.

  10. Electronic structure and properties of rare earth and actinide intermetallics

    There are 188 contributions, experimental and theoretical, a few on rare earth and actinide elements but mostly on rare earth and actinide intermetallic compounds and alloys. The properties dealt with include 1) crystal structure, 2) magnetic properties and magnetic structure, 3) magnetic phase transformations and valence fluctuations, 4) electrical properties and superconductivity and their temperature, pressure and magnetic field dependence. A few papers deal with crystal growth and novel measuring methods. (G.Q.)

  11. Rare-earth loaded liquid scintillator (for LENS experiment)

    Barabanov, I R; Kornoukhov, V N; Yanovich, E A; Zatsepin, G T; Danilov, N A; Korpusov, G V; Kostukova, G V; Krylov, Y S; Yakshin, V V


    Rare-earth (Yb/Gd) complexes with neutral organophosphorus ligands are briefly discussed for their application in liquid scintillation technique. To evaluate the principal feasibility of rare-earth loaded scintillator, the ytterbium chloride complexes with tri-isoamylphosphine oxides were synthesized. Relative scintillation efficiency (RSE) for two Yb concentrations (78 and 88 g/L) was measured by means of the internal conversion exitation from Cs-137. The results obtained were 50 and 40% respectively.

  12. Determination of rare earth elements in plant protoplasts by MAA


    A preliminary study on the speciation of rare earth elements in plant cells has been carried out by molecular activation analysis (MAA). Mesophyll protoplasts of Brassica napus were isolated by enzymatic digestion. After being washed with isosmotic solution containing EDTA for several times, the protoplasts were purified by gradient centrifugation. Then the concentration of rare earth elements (REEs) in the protoplasts was determined by neutron activation analysis. The result shows that REEs can enter the cells of the plant.

  13. On possibility of flotation separation of rare earth ions

    The possibility of flotation separation of rare earth ions is shown by their crushed precipitating with fatty-acid collectors and subsequent flotation of the formed precipitations. The object of investigation are binary chloride mixtures of lanthanum and yttrium, lanthanum and europium, europium and gadolinium. The pH values of solutions equal to 3.0-7.5; each metal concentration in solutions - 100 mg/l. 0.07 M potassium caprate water solution has been used as rare earth ion precipitant. It has been found out that effective rare earth ion flotation separation is possible only within the strictly determined range of pH values of their solutions, which lies between 4 and 5. It has been shown that rare earth ion separation increase can be achieved by the multiple repetition of the separation process. The duration of rare earth salts solutions mixing after addition to them the collector does not considerably influence the effectiveness of rare earth ion flotation separation

  14. Rare earth industries; Moving Malaysia's Green Economy Forward

    There is a famous saying, Where there is risk, there is opportunity. Rare earths present both health and environmental risks as well as potential economic opportunities. However, the risks are manageable thanks to improved technologies and a better understanding of the implications on health and the environment. This explains why there is a rush by many countries to reopen old mines and increase investment in the production of rare earths concentrate and their high value downstream products. Why is there such a scramble to risk money on rare earths? What have ignited global demand? Where are the opportunities? How are the risks associated with rare earths managed? Can Malaysia benefit from this new growth industry? What should be our strategies? This report, produced by the joint Working Group of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and the Majlis Professor Negara (MPN), discusses the science of rare earths and their business prospects; and proposes some strategic directions for Malaysia. The analysis is based on information culled from various secondary sources as well as the groups engagement with experts from the Rare Earths Society of China. (author)

  15. Adjacent stage impurity ratio in rare earth countercurrent extraction process

    CHENG Fuxiang; WU Sheng; LIAO Chunsheng; YAN Chunhua


    Impurity components decrease stage by stage in a cascade of rare earth (RE) extraction separation,and adjacent stage impurity ratio (ASIR) which is defined as the ratio of an impurity's contents in the aqueous/organic phase of two adjacent stages can be used to evaluate the capacity of impurity removal for the two stages.On the basis of extraction equilibrium and mass balance,the ASIR in a two-component extraction separation was deducted and its simplified expressions were given for different process sections according to reasonable assumptions.The calculation simulation was then carried out to obtain the ASIR distribution in the cascade.The results showed that in both the extraction and scrubbing sections the ASIR principally increased with the decrease of the molar proportion of the impurity but along with a flat appearing in the purification zone located in the middle of the cascade.The ASIR intuitively exhibits the nmning status of RE extraction separation and purification,which could provide a theoretic guide for investigating the influence factors of RE extraction separation process in practical industry.

  16. Application of the phase transfer catalyst in rare earth solvent extraction

    In order to overcome the stripping difficulty and reduce the equilibrium time in heavy rare earth separation with acidic organophosphorous extractants, the phase transfer catalysis (PTC) technique was introduced to the solvent extraction process. It was especially applied to the stripping section, which was called phase transfer catalysis stripping (PTCS) process. In the PTCS process, an acidic phosphorous extractant was mixed with another extractant which could transfer hydrogen ion from aqueous phase to organic phase and almost did not extract rare earth ions, so that the stripping efficiency could be improved and the stripping extraction equilibrium be accelerated. The reaction mechanism of the PTCS and the requisite properties for a feasible PTCS catalyst in the rare earth extraction were studied. We selected D2EHPA as the extractant, Alamine 336 as the PTCS catalyst and mixed rare earth chlorides as the feed to test the PTCS phenomenon. Based on the experimental data, the possibility of applying the PTCS technique in rare earth solvent extraction was discussed. (authors)

  17. Precipitation of the rare earth double sodium and rare earths from the sulfuric liquor and the conversion into rare earth hydroxides through meta ethic reaction

    This work presents the purification study of the rare earths through precipitation of rare earth and sodium (Na TR (SO4)2. x H2O)) double sulfate and his conversion to rare earths hydroxide TR(OH)3 by meta ethic reaction through the addition of sodium hydroxide solution to the solid double sulfate. The study used the sulfuric liquor as rare earth sample, generated in the chemical processing of the monazite with sulfuric acid by the Industrias Nucleares do Brasil - INB, Brazil, after the thorium and uranium extraction. The work investigated the influence of the main variables involved in the precipitation of Na TR(SO4)2.xH2O and in the conversion for the TR(OH)3, as follows: type and excess of the precipitation agent, temperature and time reaction. The obtained solid composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared and chemical analysis. The double sulfate diffractogram indicated the Na TR(SO4)2 mono-hydrated. The characterization of the metatese products has shown that, for obtaining the complete conversion of NaTR(SO4)2.H2O into TR(OH)3, the reaction must be hot processed (∼70 deg C) and with small excess of Na OH (≤ 5 percent). (author)

  18. Green inhibitors. Rare Earth based systems

    Lanthanum, Cerium and Samarium chlorides have been investigated as uniform and pitting corrosion inhibitors of AISI 434 and AISI 304 stainless steels and AA 5083 Al-Mg alloy in 3.5% Na Cl aerated aqueous solutions. Their inhibitor power was evaluated by using electrochemical techniques such as Linear and Cyclic Polarisation. In each case, the highest protection degree was found in the solution dropped with 500 ppm of CeCl3. Similar results were obtained for additions of 500 ppm of LaCl3. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy allowed us to confirm the cathodic nature of the inhibition process. (Author) 27 refs

  19. Adsorptive separation of rare earths by using chelating chitosan

    Two kinds of chelating chitosan were prepared by chemically modifying chitosan with functional groups of EDTA or DTPA, abbreviated as EDTA- and DTPA-chitosan hereafter, respectively, to investigate the adsorption behaviour for rare earths the mutual separation of which is the most difficult among metal ions on these chelating chitosan from dilute hydrochloric or sulfuric acid solution. The plots of the distribution ratio of a series of rare earths against equilibrium pH lay on different straight lines with slope of 3 corresponding to each earth for both of two chelating chitosan, suggesting that 3 hydrogen ions are released for the adsorption of unit ion of each rare earth by chelate formation with the functional group of EDTA or DTPA and that mutual adsorptive separation between adjacent rare earth is possible with these chelating chitosan. Apparent equilibrium constants of the adsorption were evaluated from the intercepts of these straight lines with the ordinate for each rare earth and for both chelating chitosan. It was found that the equilibrium constants of adsorption on EDTA- or DTPA-chitosan are quite analogous to those of chelate formation with EDTA or DTPA themselves, suggesting that chelating characteristics of these complexones is still maintained after their immobilization on polymer matrices of chitosan. (author)

  20. Production and identification of rare-earth doped lithium triborate

    Ardicoglu, Burcu [Mining Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Ozbayoglu, Guelhan [Mining Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)]. E-mail:; Ozdemir, Zeynep [Mining Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Yilmaz, Aysen [Chemistry Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)


    Research in the field of non-linear optical (NLO) devices lead to an increasing interest in new borate compounds, capable of expanding the frequency range provided by common laser sources. Lithium triborate (LBO) is a newly developed ideal non-linear optical crystal used in laser weapon, welder, radar, tracker, surgery, communication, etc. In this study, synthesis and identification of rare-earth doped lithium triborate was carried out. Borates containing rare-earth elements are of great interest since they are found to be superior in non-linear optical applications. Lithium triborate was produced from the solid-state reaction. Lithium triborate was then doped with some rare-earth elements (Gd, La, Y, etc.) in several different concentrations. In this study, LBO samples doped with Gd are presented. Characterization of the new products was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared (IR) analysis. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) was used for examination of the thermal properties of the compounds, morphology of new compounds was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The compounds are then subjected to thermoluminescence (TL) studies. From the XRD studies, no change related to addition of the rare-earth elements was observed. IR analysis showed that there is no change related to B-O link with the addition of rare-earth elements. DTA studies showed that the melting point of LBO decreases with the addition of rare-earth elements. In the SEM images, particles of rare-earth elements and lithium triborate were observed clearly.

  1. The recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from beach sands

    This preliminary study describes a metallurgical process that will extract, recover and produce REE oxides from beach sands obtained from Ombo, San Vicente, northern Palawan. The beach sands contain REE minerals of allanite and small amounts of monazite. Allanite is a sorosilicate mineral containing rare earths, thorium and uranium. Monazite is the anhydrous phosphate of cerium and the lanthanum group of rare earths with thorium commonly present in replacement for cerium and lanthanum. Collected beach sand were first pan-concentrated in-situ to produce heavy mineral concentrates. Screening using a 32 mesh (0.500 mm) sieve was done at the Nuclear Materials Research Laboratory to remove oversize sand particles. The -32 mesh fraction was treated with bromoform (sp. gr. 2.89) to separate the heavy minerals from siliceous gangue. Grinding to -325 mesh size (0.044mm) followed to liberate the minerals prior to leaching. Two acids leachants were used - concentrated HCl for the first trial and a mixture of concentrated HCl and HNO3 (10:1 volume ratio) for the second trial. Both leaching trials were carried out at 180oC for 7 hours or until dry. The resulting leached residues were re-dissolved in concentrated HCl and filtered. IonquestR 801, an organophosphorous extractant, was added to the filtrate to separate the radioactive thorium from REE. Sodium hydroxide was added to the aqueous phase to precipitate the REE. After filtering the precipitate, it was dissolved in HCl. The acid solution was repeatedly extracted three (3) times with IonquestR 801 to remove iron and other contaminants. Ammonium hydroxide was added to the final solution to precipitate the REE, which was then dried in the oven. The precipitate was calcined/roasted in the furnace at two different temperatures for different periods of time to burn off the organic matter and to form oxides. Results of the XRD analysis showed peaks of the calcined precipitate matching with the peaks of lanthanum oxide standard

  2. Rare earth elements in synthetic zircon. 1. synthesis, and rare earth element and phosphorus doping.

    Hanchar, J. M.; Finch, R. J.; Hoskin, W. O.; Watson, E. B.; Cherniak, D. J.; Mariano, A. N.; Chemical Engineering; George Washington Univ.; Univ. of Canterbury; Australian National Univ.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.


    Sedimentary mineral assemblages commonly contain detrital zircon crystals as part of the heavy-mineral fraction. Age spectra determined by U-Pb isotopic analysis of single zircon crystals within a sample may directly image the age composition--but not the chemical composition--of the source region. Rare earth element (REE) abundances have been measured for zircons from a range of common crustal igneous rock types from different tectonic environments, as well as kimberlite, carbonatite, and high-grade metamorphic rocks, to assess the potential of using zircon REE characteristics to infer the rock types present in sediment source regions. Except for zircon with probable mantle affinities, zircon REE abundances and normalized patterns show little intersample and intrasample variation. To evaluate the actual variation in detrital zircon REE composition in a true sediment of known mixed provenance, zircons from a sandstone sample from the Statfjord Formation (North Sea) were analyzed. Despite a provenance including high-grade metasediment and granitoids and a range in zircon age of 2.82 b.y., the zircon REEs exhibit a narrow abundance range with no systematic differences in pattern shape. These evidences show zircon REE patterns and abundances are generally not useful as indicators of provenance.



    Three types of tungsten electrodes containing three rare earth oxides, namely Y2O3, La2O3,and CeO2 and one with Y2O3 and CeO2 were prepared, in which the total contents of rare earth oxides are 2.2 % in mass, and the characteristics of these electrode materials were studied. By TIG welding, the welding characteristics including arc starting, arc static properties and electrode consumption of these electrodes were also analyzed. The results suggest that the electrodes added three rare earth oxides are more favorable for processing than that added two rare earth oxides. All the electrodes activated with two or more rare earth oxides are more superior to W-ThO2 in operating, and the electrode combined with Y2O3 and CeO2 shows the best properties when it is used at a heavy current for a long time. The analyses of the results of electrode consumption indicates that the rim forming during arcing is one of the important reasons for electrode's heavy erosion,and the increased Y2O3 content in electrodes is beneficial to retard the formation of rim, and leads to the improvement of consumption resistance of the electrodes.

  4. Alleviation Effects of Rare Earth on Cd Stress to Rape

    马建军; 张淑侠; 朱京涛; 吴贺平


    Using rapes as test materials, the fastness expression and alleviation effect of rapes were studied under Cd stress condition, as the rapeseeds were dipped in the single element(La, Ce, Nd, Pr)and mixed rare earth(RE). The results indicate that, under Cd stress, the dry and fresh weight are increased by both the single element and mixed rare earth treatment, and the fastness of rape is improved.The single element of rare earth decreases the Cd content in rape roots and transmits Cd to the edible parts above the ground in which the alleviation effect of Ce is most significant.La treatment takes the second place, so that the poisonous effect of heavy metal Cd is eased.The mixed rare earth doesn't alleviate the assimilation of Cd in rape roots, but accelerates the transfer of Cd to the parts above the ground. The research puts forward that the alleviation of rare earth on Cd stress has connection with the decrease of Ca content.

  5. Instability of some divalent rare earth ions and photochromic effect

    Egranov, A. V.; Sizova, T. Yu.; Shendrik, R. Yu.; Smirnova, N. A.


    It was shown that the divalent rare earth ions (La, Ce, Gd, Tb, Lu, and Y) in cubic sites in alkaline earth fluorides are unstable with respect to electron autodetachment since its d1(eg) ground state is located in the conduction band which is consistent with the general tendency of these ions in various compounds. The localization of doubly degenerate d1(eg) level in the conduction band creates a configuration instability around the divalent rare earth ion that leading to the formation of anion vacancy in the nearest neighborhood, as was reported in the previous paper [A. Egranov, T. Sizova, Configurational instability at the excited impurity ions in alkaline earth fluorites, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 74 (2013) 530-534]. Thus, the formation of the stable divalent ions as La, Ce, Gd, Tb, Lu, and Y (PC+ centers) in CaF2 and SrF2 crystals during x-ray irradiation occurs via the formation of charged anion vacancies near divalent ions (Re2+va), which lower the ground state of the divalent ion relative to the conductivity band. Photochromic effect occurs under thermally or optically stimulated electron transition from the divalent rare earth ion to the neighboring anion vacancy and reverse under ultraviolet light irradiation. It is shown that the optical absorption of the PC+ centers due to d → d and d → f transitions of the divalent rare-earth ion.

  6. Effect of rare earth oxides on the properties of bio-soluble alkaline earth silicate fibers

    王玺堂; 刘浩; 王周福; 马妍


    Using natural mineral wollastonite, talc and quartz sands as raw materials, rare earth oxides (La2O3, Nd2O3 and Y2O3) as additives, the bio-soluble alkaline earth silicate fibers were prepared by melting and blowing process. The viscosity of the molten ma-terials, bio-solubility and crystallization behavior of the fiber were investigated. The results indicated that the fiber drawing tempera-ture range could be broadened since the slope of the temperature-viscosity curve decreased with adding rare earth oxide. The addition of rare earth oxide was beneficial to the increase of crystallization temperature by strengthening the network structure of the fiber. The existence of rare earth oxide in the fibers would reduce the solubility of the fibers, which still belonged to bio-soluble fibers.

  7. Rare Earths and Clean Energy: analyzing China's upper hand

    An ominous but avoidable resource crunch in the so-called 'rare earth elements' is now threatening the development of a number of key industries from energy to defense to consumer electronics. As key components in the latest generation of technologies, including specialized magnets for windmills and hybrid cars, lasers for range finders and 'smart' munitions, and phosphors for LCD screens, demand for these rare metals is expected to grow rapidly in the years to come. But decades of under-investment in the mining and separation of these elements across the globe has left the industry ill-prepared to meet thi s growing demand. Over the years, only China has recognized the strategic significance of these resources and has succeeded in gaining a near monopoly on production, currently churning out 97% of the world' s rare earth oxides. Faced with problems of its own, and eager to use its resource advantage to master higher levels of value-added production of rare earth-dependent products, China has increasingly limited the rest of the world's access to these raw materials. This only complicates what was already projected to be a problematic resource shortage. This issue demands a higher quality of public debate. Rare earth consuming countries outside of China have only recently become aware of their dependence and started to take stock of the risks. Time is of the essence. Bringing new supplies online to meet growing demand is a long, complicated and risky process but is nevertheless necessary to ensure the development of high tech industries, notably clean energy. Accessible reserves of rare earths do exist outside of China and mitigating the effects of the looming shortage requires opening up these reserves to production. Yet, as the Chinese experience attests, there are substantial risks to the environment associated with mining and separating rare earths. Care must be taken to ensure responsible mining practices across the globe. Longer-term solutions, such as

  8. Refining and Mutual Separation of Rare Earths Using Biomass Wastes

    Inoue, Katsutoshi; Alam, Shafiq


    Two different types of adsorption gels were prepared from biomass wastes. The first gel was produced from astringent persimmon peel rich in persimmon tannin, a polyphenol compound, which was prepared by means of simple dehydration condensation reaction using concentrated sulfuric acid for crosslinking. This adsorption gel was intended to be employed for the removal of radioactive elements, uranium (U(VI)) and thorium (Th(IV)), from rare earths. The second gel was prepared from chitosan, a basic polysaccharide, produced from shells of crustaceans such as crabs, shrimps, prawns, and other biomass wastes generated in marine product industry, by immobilizing functional groups of complexanes such as ethylendiaminetetraacetic acid and diethylentriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). This gel was developed for the mutual separation of rare earths. Of the two adsorption gels evaluated, the DTPA immobilized chitosan exhibited the most effective mutual separation among light rare earths.

  9. Redox reactions in rare earth chloride molten electrolytes

    Rare earth (REM, Ln) solutions in chloride melts including MCI+LnCl3 mixtures, where M - alkali metals, were investigated by potentiometry, voltammetry, conductometry in wide concentration and temperature intervals. Findings present complete and trusty information on the valent state of rare earths, structure and composition of complex ions affecting essentially on properties of electrolytes. It is demonstrated that the coexistence of rare earth ions with different oxidation level formed as a result of possible redox reactions: 2Ln3+ + Ln ↔3Ln2+, Ln2+ + Ln↔2Ln+ and nM+ + Ln↔nM + Lnn+ appears sharply in thermodynamic and transport properties of molten Ln-LnCl3 and Ln-LnCl3-MCl systems

  10. Investigation and modelling of rare-earth activated waveguide structures

    In this paper the overview of the recent study on the rare-earth activated waveguides performed in the Optoelectronic Department of IMiO is presented. We reported on the development of rare earth-doped fluorozirconate (ZBLAN) glass fibers that allow a construction of a new family of visible and ultraviolet fiber lasers pumped by upconversion. Especially the performance of holmium devices is presented. The properties of laser planar waveguides obtained by the LPE process and the growth conditions of rare earths doped YAG layers are presented. In this paper we present also the theoretical study of the nonlinear operation of planar waveguide laser, as an example the microdisk Nd:YAG structure is discussed. We derived an approximate formula which relates the small signal gain in the Nd:YAG active medium and the laser characteristics, obtained for whispering-gallery modes and radial modes, to the output power and real parameters of the laser structure (authors)

  11. Method for treating rare earth-transition metal scrap

    Schmidt, Frederick A.; Peterson, David T.; Wheelock, John T.; Jones, Lawrence L.


    Rare earth-transition metal (e.g., iron) scrap (e.g., Nd-Fe-B scrap) is flux (slag) remelted to reduce tramp non-metallic impurities, such as oxygen and nitrogen, and metallic impurities, such as Li, Na, Al, etc., picked up by the scrap from previous fabrication operations. The tramp impurities are reduced to concentrations acceptable for reuse of the treated alloy in the manufacture of end-use articles, such as permanent magnets. The scrap is electroslag or inductoslag melted using a prefused, rare earth fluoride-bearing flux of CaF.sub.2, CaCl.sub.2 or mixtures thereof or the slag resulting from practice of the thermite reduction process to make a rare earth-iron alloy.

  12. Determination of the heavy rare earth radionuclides in melted rock

    There are some heavy rare earth radionuclides in the melted rocks, such as 160Tb, 168,170Tm, 88,91Y, 174,177Lu, 169Yb, etc.. Because their contents are very low in the melted rocks and the light rare earth fission products are interfered with their determination, it is very complicated to measure them quantitatively. So a new method has been studied in which P507 resin is used to separate and purify the rare earths. Radioactive sources are prepared by the pieces of filter paper for determining chemical yield with X-fluorescence analysis, and radioactive activity is determined with the γ-spectra analysis. It is proved that this method has satisfied the demands of experiments

  13. Study on Microstructure of Alumina Based Rare Earth Ceramic Composite


    Analysis techniques such as SEM, TEM and EDAX were used to investigate the microstructure of rare earth reinforced Al2O3/(W, Ti)C ceramic composite. Chemical and physical compatibility of the composite was analyzed and interfacial microstructure was studied in detail. It is found that both Al2O3 and (W, Ti)C phases are interlaced with each other to form the skeleton structure in the composite. A small amount of pores and glass phases are observed inside the material which will inevitably influence the physical and mechanical property of the composite. Thermal residual stresses resulted from thermal expansion mismatch can then lead to the emergence of dislocations and microcracks. Interfaces and boundaries of different types are found to exist inside the Al2O3/(W, Ti)C rare earth ceramic composite, which is concerned with the addition of rare earth element and the extent of solid solution of ceramic phases.

  14. Ternary rubidium rare-earth sulphides: synthesis and structure

    The sulphides Rb Ln S2, where Ln = rare earth metal, could be synthesized by heating a mixture of rubidium carbonate and the selected rare earth sesquioxide in a stream of H2 S. The ternary sulphides form thin mostly coloured plate-like crystals. All compounds crystallize in the α-Na Fe O2 structure type. Relations between the cell parameters as well as the z parameters of the sulphur atoms and the atomic number of the rare earth metals are discussed. The Madelung Part of Lattice Energy [MAPLE] is discussed in detail. All ternary sulphides Rb Ln S2 and Cs Ln S2 are MAPLE-exothermic. (authors). 20 refs., 6 tabs., 5 figs

  15. Spectroscopic properties of rare earths in optical materials

    Parisi, Jürgen; Osgood, R; Warlimont, Hans; Liu, Guokui; Jacquier, Bernard


    Aimed at researchers and graduate students, this book provides up-to-date information for understanding electronic interactions that impact the optical properties of rare earth ions in solids. Its goal is to establish a connection between fundamental principles and the materials properties of rare-earth activated luminescent and laser optical materials. The theoretical survey and introduction to spectroscopic properties include electronic energy level structure, intensities of optical transitions, ion-phonon interactions, line broadening, and energy transfer and up-conversion. An important aspect of the book lies in its deep and detailed discussions on materials properties and the potential of new applications such as optical storage, information processing, nanophotonics, and molecular probes that have been identified in recent experimental studies. This volume will be a valuable reference book on advanced topics of rare earth spectroscopy and materials science.

  16. Study of determination of rare earth elements by complexometry

    In this research work, complexometry method has been used for determination of Rare Earth Elements. The reactivity of 5-Bromo-2-(2-pyridylazo)-diethylamino phenol (5-BrPADAP) in the presence of Polyoxyethylene-iso-octano-phenylate (TritomX-100) has been studied and the optimum conditions such as effects of Ph, concentration reagents and interference effect of coexistent ions has been established for the complexometry determination of the individual and mixed of Rare Earth Elements. It was obtained that the absorption peak at 550 nm and its calibration curve to concentration 0.81 p.p.m. was linear. The results was shown that this method is very sensitive (E=1. 16-1. 29x105 It was shown that complexometry method is a worthwhile, simple, rapid and commercial technique having suitable precision and accuracy in design, separation and purification flowsheet from mineral containing Rare Earth Elements

  17. Removal of Phosphorus in Metallurgical Silicon by Rare Earth Elements

    Tang, Kai; Løvvik, Ole Martin; Safarian, Jafar; Ma, Xiang; Tangstad, Merete


    Removal of phosphorus in metallurgical silicon is one of the crucial steps for the production of solar grade Si feedstock. The possibility of doping rare earth elements for phosphorus removal has in this work been studied both theoretically and experimentally. Thermochemical properties of Ce, Nd, and Pr monophosphides have first been estimated by ab initio thermodynamic simulations based on density functional theory and the direct phonon method. The reliability of the first principles calculations was assessed by coupling with the phase diagram data of the Pr-P system. Equilibrium calculations confirmed the existence of stable rare earth monophosphides in solid silicon. Experimental investigations were then carried out, employing a high temperature resistance furnace. The Ce-doped silicon samples were examined by electron probe micro analyzer and inductively coupled plasma analysis. The efficiency of phosphorus removal by means of rare earth doping was discussed in detail in the paper.

  18. Studies on Three Liquid Phase Extraction (TLPE) system for separation of rare earths

    Three-liquid-phase extraction (TLPE) is relatively a new separation technique, which takes the advantage of the differences in physicochemical properties of three coexisted phases to achieve multi-phase liquid separation of two or more components in one-step extraction. TLPE system consists of three liquid layers namely an organic solvent phase (organophosphorous type) and two aqueous phases one rich in polymer phase (poly alkylene glycol) and other a salt solution. To study the feasibility of using such system for separation of rare earths, it is important to optimize the preparatory conditions by selective suitable polymer and salt solutions at an appropriate pH to obtain a stable three phase layers to effect the separation. D2EHPA (di-2-ethyl hexyl phosphoric acid) is a well- established extractant in the rare earth industry and has been chosen in the present work to form a TLPE with polymer and salt solution. In the present investigation after preparing the stable three phase, the feasibility of using TLPE has been examined to separate rare earths from a multicomponent solutions. This study has demonstrated the ability of TLPE having D2EHPA as organic phase to separate rare earths from a multicomponent system. Effect of pH, concentration and types of polymer, complexing agent and D2EHPA concentration has been studied. Variation in pH study indicated that 4.0 leads to extraction of rare earths in the polymer phase. PEG 600 was found to be best amongst the polymer investigated. Presence of DTPA as complexing agent in the salt solution having pH >4.0 resulted in enhanced extraction of rare earths in PEG phase

  19. Rare earth aerosol analysis by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry

    An analytical method for the determination of four lanthanides in air filter samples is described. The method involves simultaneous quantitative determinations of La, Ce, Pr, and Nd at the microgram level by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry without chemical separation of these rare earths and without serious interferences from the dust matrices on the filters. The method has been used successfully to analyze some air filter samples collected at a rare earth processing refinery in Illinois. A description of the development of the method is given as well as the results obtained by using this method on the air filter samples. The reproducibility of the results was generally +-5%

  20. MBE growth and characterisation of light rare-earth superlattices

    Ward, R.C.C.; Wells, M.R.; Bryn-Jacobsen, C.; Cowley, R.A.; Goff, J.P.; McMorrow, D.F.; Simpson, J.A.

    The molecular beam epitaxy growth techniques which have already successfully produced a range of heavy rare-earth superlattices have now been extended to produce superlattices of two light rare-earth elements, Nd/Pr, as well as superlattices and alloy films of a heavy/light system, Ho/Pr. High...... trends similar to bulk alloys, with a range of compositions between Ho0.55Pr0.45 and Ho0.35Pr0.65 where the Sm delta-structure is stable, separating more extensive regions of hcp and dhcp solid solutions....

  1. Magnetic Alignment Study of Rare-Earth-Containing Liquid Crystals

    Galyametdinov, Yury; Haase, Wolfgang; Goderis, Bart; Moors, Dries; Driesen, Kris; Van Deun, Rik; Binnemans, Koen


    The liquid-crystalline rare-earth complexes of the type [Ln(LH)3(DOS)3]-where Ln is Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, or Yb; LH is the Schiff base N-octadecyl-4-tetradecyloxysalicylaldimine; and DOS is dodecylsulfate-exhibit a smectic A phase. Because of the presence of rare-earth ions with a large magnetic anisotropy, the smectic A phase of these liquid crystals can be easier aligned in an external magnetic field than smectic A phases of conventional liquid crystals. The magnetic anisotropy of the [Ln(LH)...

  2. Rare earth substituted YBa2Cu3Ox

    We present some selected results obtained using rare earth Mossbauer spectroscopy, on YBa2Cu3Ox partially and/or totally substituted by Yb3+, Er3+ or Dy3+. We report measurements of the single ion crystal field anisotropy and of the size, direction and ordering temperature of the rare earth sublattice magnetic moments. We use dilute 170Yb3+ ions to probe both the Cu(2) derived internal (molecular) fields and the fluctuation frequencies of the short range correlated Cu(2) moments. We monitor these frequencies as the carrier level is changed up towards the threshold needed to stabilise superconductivity

  3. Concentration of light rare earths process by amoniacal precipitation

    A procedure for the separation and concentration of light rare earths using a mixture of ammonia and water was developed. As a result technical concentrates of rare earths were obtained and the physical separation in the filtration step was improved. The filtration parameters (cake resistance r0 and filtration web resistance R) were obtained for this process being they 5,5.1011 cm/g and 3,4.1013 cm-1 respectively. The proposed technology concentrates (Ce, La and Nd) with purities ranging from: 85-90 %, 85-87 % and 42-65 % respectively in only one precipitation step


    Mumpower, Matthew R.; McLaughlin, G. C. [Department of Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8202 (United States); Surman, Rebecca, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308 (United States)


    The astrophysical site or sites responsible for the r-process of nucleosynthesis still remains an enigma. Since the rare earth region is formed in the latter stages of the r-process, it provides a unique probe of the astrophysical conditions during which the r-process takes place. We use features of a successful rare earth region in the context of a high-entropy r-process (S {approx}> 100k{sub B} ) and discuss the types of astrophysical conditions that produce abundance patterns that best match meteoritic and observational data. Despite uncertainties in nuclear physics input, this method effectively constrains astrophysical conditions.

  5. The Rare Earth Peak : An Overlooked r-Process Diagnostic

    Mumpower, M; Surman, R


    The astrophysical site or sites responsible for the r-process of nucleosynthesis still remains an enigma. Since the rare earth region is formed in the latter stages of the r-process it provides a unique probe of the astrophysical conditions during which the r-process takes place. We use features of a successful rare earth region in the context of a high entropy r-process (S>100k_B) and discuss the types of astrophysical conditions that produce abundance patterns that best match meteoritic and observational data. Despite uncertainties in nuclear physics input, this method effectively constrains astrophysical conditions.

  6. Integrated Automation System for Rare Earth Countercurrent Extraction Process

    柴天佑; 杨辉


    Lower automation level in industrial rare-earth extraction processes results in high production cost, inconsistent product quality and great consumption of resources in China. An integrated automation system for extraction process of rare earth is proposed to realize optimal product indices, such as product purity,recycle rate and output. The optimal control strategy for output component, structure and function of the two-gradcd integrated automation system composed of the process management grade and the process control grade were discussed. This system is successfully applied to a HAB yttrium extraction production process and was found to provide optimal control, optimal operation, optimal management and remarkable benefits.

  7. Rare earths & climate change,new energy,energy conservation and pollution reduction(continued)


    @@ Ⅲ.Contribution of rare earths to energy conservation Rechargeable batteries and rare earth permanent magnetic motor matching with batteries in every Prius car consume approximately 10 kg of rare-earth hydro-gen storage materials and 2 kg of rare earth permanent magnetic materials respectively.

  8. Current extraction and separation of uranium, thorium and rare earths elements from monazite leach solution using organophosphorous extractants

    A new process based on solvent extraction has been developed for separation of uranium, thorium and rare earths from monazite leach solution using organophosphorous extractants. The Thorium cake coming from monazite source was dissolved in HNO3 medium in presence of trace amount of HF for feed preparation. The separation of U(VI) was carried out by liquid-liquid extraction using tris-2-ethyl hexyl phosphoric acid (TEHP) in dodecane leaving thorium and rare earths elements in the raffinate. The thorium from raffinate was selectively extracted using 1M tri iso amyl phosphate (TiAP) in dodecane in organic phase leaving all rare earths elements in aqueous solution. The uranium and thorium from organic medium was quantitatively stripped using 0.05 M HNO3 counter current mode. Results indicate the quantitative separation of uranium, thorium and rare earths from thorium cake (monazite source) using organophosphorous extractant in counter current mode

  9. Determination of rare-earth elements in geological materials by inductively coupled argon plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICAP-AES)

    The determination of 12 rare earth elements viz Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Y and Yb in geological materials, particularly in silicate rocks by ICAP-AES method is descried. Here, the stepwise chemical separation of major elements (Si, Al, Fe, Mg) followed by precipitation of rare earth with fluoride-hydroxide cycles is carried out. This precipitate which is mainly rare earths, is dissolved in HNO3 to get final clear solution. Synthetic aqueous standards are prepared containing rare earths only in the concentration range 0.01 μg/ml to 0.2 μg/ml. JY 1 m Czerny-Turner scanning monochromator is used to measure intensities of rare earth analytical lines selected. The mean relative standard deviation lies between 0.8% to 4.0% for all the elements determined. The mica schist samples are dissolved in HNO3 in combination with diluted HF (1:100) and few drops of perchloric acid. The end sample is taken in 5% nitric acid. Clear solution is obtained which is evaporated to near dry and finally made to a known volume with water. JY -2000 ICP- AES sequential atomic emission spectrometer is used to measure intensities of rare earth elements. Single rare earth element standard solutions are used in the concentration range of 0.l ppm to 10 ppm. (author)

  10. Recovery of lead-208 radiogenic of residues of thorium with rare earth

    In the middle of the years 1970 in IPEN, considerable work for the purification and conversion of uranium and thorium project, the production of thorium nitrate, a pilot scale from different compounds of Thorium was accomplished; This installation of thorium nitrate produced for national marketing, given the industry of incandescent lighting gas mangles.. The method used by this installation was the purification by solvent extraction with pulsed columns. The thorium was in the organic phase, which was reversed as of thorium nitrate with a high degree of purity. The aqueous phase of this chemical process, containing impurities, some not extracted thorium and virtually all rare earths was precipitated in the form of a hydroxide. This was called RETOTER hydroxide (residue of Thorium and Rare Earth). This residue containing thorium, rare earth and some impurities such as lead-208 product of the decay of thorium-232 were stored in the shed of safeguarding IPEN for further recovery of thorium and rare earth. In this work was studied the recovery of lead-208, nuclear material of interest, separating it by the technique of cementation , where it adds zinc metallic to an acid solution of RETOTER, holding up the lead on the surface of the metallic zinc. (author)

  11. Rare earth intermetallic compounds produced by a reduction-diffusion process

    A reduction-diffusion process is given for producing novel rare earth intermetallic compounds, such as cobalt--rare earth intermetallic compounds, especially compounds useful in preparing permanent magnets. A particulate mixture of rare earth metal halide, cobalt and calcium hydride is heated to effect reduction of the rare earth metal halide and to diffuse the resulting rare earth metal into the cobalt to form the intermetallic compound

  12. Opinions on hot discussions in connection with rare earths recently (continued)


    @@ IV.Rare earths are mostly for civil uses Rare earth elements have excellent physical properties including optical, electric, magnetic, superconductive and catalytic performances and outstanding .chemical properties.The value of rare earths is mostly embodied in their applications.Rare earths are prepared into various advanced materials with different performances.Therefore, rare earths enjoy the reputation of "industrial monosodium glutamate" and "treasury of advanced materials".

  13. Rare earths'98. The international rare earths conference, including radio lanthanides in nuclear medicine therapy. Programme and abstracts

    The rare earth elements and compounds have unique spectroscopic, magnetic and chemical properties. These materials not only provide interesting windows into many aspects of science but are being used in an ever increasing number of strategic applications, particularly in the high growth sectors of world economics. The conference covered various aspects of rare earths elemets and compounds, including photophysics, luminescence and spectroscopy, magnetic materials, minerals and materials characterisation, extraction and co-ordination chemistry, electronic and electrical properties as well as their applications in agriculture, nuclear medicine and environmental studies

  14. Systematic hardness measurements on some rare earth garnet crystals

    D B Sirdeshmukh; L Sirdeshmukh; K G Subhadra; K Kishan Rao; S Bal Laxman


    Microhardness measurements were undertaken on twelve rare earth garnet crystals. In yttrium aluminium garnet and gadolinium gallium garnet, there was no measurable difference in the hardness values of pure and nominally Nd-doped crystals. The hardness values were correlated with the lattice and elastic constants. An analysis of hardness data in terms of the interatomic binding indicated a high degree of covalency.

  15. Thermally stimulated tunneling in rare-earth-doped oxyorthosilicates

    Vedda, A.; Nikl, Martin; Fasoli, M.; Mihóková, Eva; Pejchal, Jan; Dušek, Michal; Ren, G.; Stanek, C.R.; McClellan, K.J.; Byler, D.D.


    Roč. 78, č. 19 (2008), 195123/1-195123/8. ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME08034; GA AV ČR IAA100100810 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : scintillator * orthosilicates * rare earth doped * thermoluminescence * tunnelling Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.322, year: 2008

  16. Giant gain in a rare-earth-ion-doped waveguide

    Geskus, Dimitri; Aravazhi, Shanmugam; Garcia Blanco, Sonia; Pollnau, Markus


    The high dopant concentration, large transition cross-section, and strong light confinement in a large-refractive-index-contrast KGd0.535Yb0.475(WO4)2 channel waveguide on a KY(WO4)2 substrate enable the demonstration of a modal gain of ~1000 dB/cm in a rare-earth-ion-doped material.

  17. Uncovering the end uses of the rare earth elements

    The rare earth elements (REE) are a group of fifteen elements with unique properties that make them indispensable for a wide variety of emerging and conventional established technologies. However, quantitative knowledge of REE remains sparse, despite the current heightened interest in future availability of the resources. Mining is heavily concentrated in China, whose monopoly position and potential restriction of exports render primary supply vulnerable to short term disruption. We have drawn upon the published literature and unpublished materials in different languages to derive the first quantitative annual domestic production by end use of individual rare earth elements from 1995 to 2007. The information is illustrated in Sankey diagrams for the years 1995 and 2007. Other years are available in the supporting information. Comparing 1995 and 2007, the production of the rare earth elements in China, Japan, and the US changed dramatically in quantities and structure. The information can provide a solid foundation for industries, academic institutions and governments to make decisions and develop strategies. - Highlights: • We have derived the first quantitative end use information of the rare earths (REE). • The results are for individual REE from 1995 to 2007. • The end uses of REE in China, Japan, and the US changed dramatically in quantities and structure. • This information can provide solid foundation for decision and strategy making

  18. Hydrogen-absorbing characteristics of 15 rare earth elements

    The amounts of absorbed hydrogen and the rates of hydrogen-absorption reaction were measured for 15 rare earth elements. The cohesive energy and energy fluctuation of metal clusters were also calculated by using the extended-Hueckel method. The characteristics of each rare earth element in the capacity of hydrogen absorption and the reaction rate were discussed by comparing the experimental results with the calculated ones. The major results are as follows. (i) Hydrogen/metal ratios (H/M) of rare-earth metals are nearly constant, ∼3, except for Eu and Yb; (ii) the rate of hydrogen-absorption reaction may be determined by the product of (magnitude of energy fluctuation) and (density of states); (iii) the 15 rare-earth elements would be classified into four groups: Group 1 (Ce, Pr, Nd), Group 2 (Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er), Group 3 (Tm, Yb, Lu) and Group 4 (Y, La, Eu) and (iv) the rate of hydrogen-absorption reaction is remarkably promoted by pre-heating the metals before the reaction

  19. Crystalline and amorphous rare-earth metallic compounds

    During the last years the study of magnetic behaviour of rare-earth (or yttrium) compounds with cobalt and iron has growth of interest. This interest of justified by a large area of experimental and theoretical problems coming into being in the study of some rare-earth materials as well as in their technical applications. In the last three years a great number of new rare earth materials were studied and also new models explaining the magnetic behaviour of these systems have been used. In this paper we refer especially to some typical systems in order to analyse the magnetic behaviour of iron and cobalt and also the part played by the magnetic interactions in the values of the cobalt or iron moments. The model used will be generally the molecular field model. In the second chapter we present comparatively the structure of crystalline and amorphous compounds for further correlation with the magnetic properties. In chapter III we analyse the magnetic interactions in some crystalline and amorphous rare-earth alloys. Finally, we exemplify the ways in which we ensure better requried characteristics by the technical utilizations of these materials. These have in view the modifications of the magnetic interactions and are closely related with the analysis made in chapter III

  20. Automation System in Rare Earths Countercurrent Extraction Processes

    贾江涛; 严纯华; 廖春生; 吴声; 王明文; 李标国


    Based on the countercurrent extraction theory for optimized designing and simulating, the rare earth separation processes, the selection of the detecting points (stages) and on-line analysis for elements, the simulation of open loop response and its response speed, the diagnosis and the regulative prescription for running the solvent extraction cascades were studied.

  1. Potential synergy: the thorium fuel cycle and rare earths processing

    The use of thorium in nuclear power programs has been evaluated on a recurring basis. A concern often raised is the lack of 'thorium infrastructure'; however, for at least a part of a potential thorium fuel cycle, this may less of a problem than previously thought. Thorium is frequently encountered in association with rare earth elements and, since the U.S. last systematically evaluated the large-scale use of thorium (the 1970's,) the use of rare earth elements has increased ten-fold to approximately 200,000 metric tons per year. Integration of thorium extraction with rare earth processing has been previously described and top-level estimates have been done on thorium resource availability; however, since ores and mining operations differ markedly, what is needed is process flowsheet analysis to determine whether a specific mining operation can feasibly produce thorium as a by-product. Also, the collocation of thorium with rare earths means that, even if a thorium product stream is not developed, its presence in mining waste streams needs to be addressed and there are previous instances where this has caused issues. This study analyzes several operational mines, estimates the mines' ability to produce a thorium by-product stream, and discusses some waste management implications of recovering thorium. (authors)

  2. Local magnetism in rare-earth metals encapsulated in fullerenes

    De Nadai, C; Mirone, A; Dhesi, SS; Bencok, P; Brookes, NB; Marenne, [No Value; Rudolf, P; Tagmatarchis, N; Shinohara, H; Dennis, TJS; Marenne, I.; Nadaï, C. De


    Local magnetic properties of rare-earth (RE) atoms encapsulated in fullerenes have been characterized using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The orbital and spin contributions of the magnetic moment have been determined through sum rules and theoretical mode

  3. Prospects of using thermoemission properties of rare earth hexaborides

    Results of earlier conducted experimental study of thermoemission properties of LaB6(100) monocrystal were analyzed. Peculiarities, resulted from marrowness of interelectrode path of thermoemission converter, used in suggested technique, were taken into account. Prospects of using thermoemission properties of rare earth elements in electronics were discussed. 7 refs

  4. Enthalpies of formation and atomization energies of rare earth halides

    On the basis of experimentally determined atomization energies and formation enthalpies of gaseous rare earth chlorides and theoretical insights of quantum-chemical model ''atom in a molecule'' the analysis of the known literature data on formation enthalpies and atomization energies for lanthanide fluorides, bromides and iodides has been carried out and their values are assessed for unexplored molecules

  5. Complex Electronic Structure of Rare Earth Activators in Scintillators

    To aid and further the understanding of the microscopic mechanisms behind the scintillator nonproportionality that leads to degradation of the attainable energy resolution, we have developed theoretical and experimental algorithms and procedures to determine the position of the 4f energy levels of rare earth dopants relative to the host band edge states.

  6. Complex Electronic Structure of Rare Earth Activators in Scintillators

    Aberg, D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Yu, S. W. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Zhou, F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    To aid and further the understanding of the microscopic mechanisms behind the scintillator nonproportionality that leads to degradation of the attainable energy resolution, we have developed theoretical and experimental algorithms and procedures to determine the position of the 4f energy levels of rare earth dopants relative to the host band edge states.

  7. Primary Results of New Rare Earth Materials for Hongti Grape

    He Qiong; Gu Jiangyuan; Wang Jiachen


    New rare earth (RE) materials including RE phosphate as base fertilizer, bioactive RE micro-fertilizer and RE entire plant nutrition agent as topdressing fertilizer are treated on Hongti grope.The result showes that the plant leaves become thicker, the color is dark green, the plant disease index is lower, and the sugar content significantly increases.

  8. Rare earth point defects in GaN

    Sanna, S.


    In this work we investigate rare earth doped GaN, by means of theoretical simulations. The huge unit cells necessary to model the experimental system, where dilute amount of rare earth ions are used, are handled with the charge self consistent density-functional based-tight binding (SCC-DFTB) calculational scheme. The method has been extended to include LDA+U and simplified self interaction corrected (SIC)-like potentials for the simulation of systems with localised and strongly correlated electrons. A set of tight-binding parameters has been created to model the interaction of GaN with some dopants, including a selection of lanthanide ions interesting due to their optical or magnetic properties (Pr, Eu, Gd, Er and Tm). The f-electrons were treated as valence electrons. A qualitatively correct description of the band gap is crucial for the simulation of rare earth doped GaN, because the luminescence intensity of the implanted samples depends on the size of the host band gap and because the rare earths could introduce charge transition levels near the conduction band. In this work these levels are calculated with the Slater-Janak (SJ) transition state model, which allows an approximate calculation of the charge transition levels by analysing the Kohn-Sham eigenvalues of the DFT. (orig.)

  9. Study of alpha activity in the region of rare earths

    The alpha decay half-lives of the Nd144, Cd152 and Er162 isotopes were redetermined using Ilford L4 nuclear emulsions charged with rare earth complexes of natural isotopic composition. The results were compared to results obtained by other authors, and with results calculated by potential barrier penetration theory. (M.C.K.)

  10. Bone uptake of rare earths and transuranic elements

    In the first part of this paper formation conditions of citric complexes of rare earths and transuranic elements are presented. In the second part, role of binding proteins in plasma is emphasized. Finally biological behaviour of the injected elements is evidenced. A general mechanism for fixation of these elements in bone and liver is proposed