Thursday, September 13, 2012

Critical Mineral Substitutes

UK (AZOM) - Supply constraints on critical elements needed for industries ranging from communications to healthcare is characterized by a fragmented and uncoordinated input from end users and policy makers. A new report by Cientifica and Material Value, "Simply No Substitute," takes a critical look at the current technology and policy landscape in this vital area, and attempts to develop substitutes for critical materials. The report looks at advances in life sciences and nanotechnology to engineer a way around current bottlenecks. Source: Simply No Substitute? Realistic Alternatives to Key Strategic Materials And Rare Earths. (Reliability: High)

Comment: Critical mineral use will likely continue to increase and with finite sources, engineered alternatives seems like a proactive method to increase supply.

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