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Critical Metals Handbook A New Guide For The Industry

Tuesday February 04, 2014 11:09

The British Geological Survey (BGS) just released a new book on a variety of metals considered critical to sustaining today’s industry, and our mobile lifestyles.

Tech Metals Insider spoke with Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director for Minerals and Waste at the BGS to learn more about it.

The book took over two years to produce. It is intended as a guide to critical metals, “it’s not a science text book but it’s geared at a wider audience: manufacturers, traders, policy makers and such”, explained Bloodworth.

It is structured to include regions of the world, extraction methods, applications and recycling methods much reflecting the European Union’s list of 14 critical materials. Introductory chapters were contributed by industry experts including professor T.E. Graedel of Yale University and Dr. Christian Hagelueken of Umicore.

Individual chapters deal with antimony, beryllium, cobalt, gallium, germanium, indium, lithium, magnesium, platinum-group metals, rare earth elements, rhenium, tantalum and niobium, and tungsten.

Asked about the selection of elements, Bloodworth explained: “oftentimes, ‘critical’ is not combined with rarity. Mining is a factor but processing and concentration are equally important.”

The BGS book deals with the entire production chain and, in fact, the total life cycle of each element to determine its potential impact on the markets involved.

A synopsis of the book together with its complete table of contents is available on the publisher’s website. The book is also available on Amazon.

By Bodo Albrecht



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