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Rare Earth Elements: Critical Materials and US Dependence of Foreign Sources

The Baker Cafe Series is an informal discussion about various topics. Guests are encouraged to ask questions that pertain to the topic and gain insight straight from the experts. We even provide refreshments!

Penchoff directs and manages the Scientific Fellows Program at the Institute for Nuclear Security. She is an expert in applying high-performance computing and data analytics for national security applications with a focus on chemical physics of lanthanides and actinides. Her computational protocols have been incorporated in interdisciplinary research including critical materials and shortage of rare earth elements, selective separations, sequestration of uranium from seawater, radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and nuclear waste.  

Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are essential to the growth and health of the U.S. economy and have a direct impact on national security. REEs are essential in a variety of needs including advanced technological applications, electronics, cell phones, computers, satellites, lasers, military applications, screens, wastewater treatment, radiation monitoring, clean energy, catalysis, and medical applications, amongst others. Several reports to Congress and other legislative materials have highlighted the criticality of finding long term solutions for the shortage of REEs, as well as the implications of insufficient national reserves and stockpiles on society, the economy, and national defense. The need for novel solutions to this challenge is clear, and it can be addressed by accelerating the understanding and development of selective extracting processes for efficient separation from ores as well as recycling.

Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 202
1640 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996

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