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Dec 11

Separating the lanthanides: physical versus chemical methods?

How do you separate dirt?

There has been much talk about rare earth metals recently. In short, the People’s Republic of China has become the dominant source of rare earth* elements in the world; the PRC government has used that fact to their strategic advantage. I don’t really wish to get into the political debate; suffice it to say that I …

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