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Economically Recovering Rare Earth Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-16-M-0092
Agency Tracking Number: L161-003-0057
Amount: $104,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA161-003
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-04-10
Small Business Information
200 North Main
Alfred, NY 14802
United States
DUNS: 961978686
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr Nicholas Burlingame
 (607) 382-2559
Business Contact
 Nicholas Burlingame
Phone: (607) 382-2559
Research Institution

This Phase I SBIR Project seeks to develop methods of recycling rare earth from spent strategic materials.Rare earth materials are critical for a broad range of technologies.Important industrial sectors such as defense, manufacturing, energy, transportation,and electronics all utilize rare earth materials in abundance.There are currently a limited number of economically viable sources of rare earths, making the recycling of rare earths an invaluable practice to industry.However, presently only a small percent of all rare earth minerals are recycled.Xylon Technical Ceramics has developed and patented a unique, environmentally friendly recycling technology that has the potential to be universally applicable to rare earth wastes. The proposed project would develop the utility of the process to extract the rare earth materials from both oxide catalyst and thermal barrier wastes, as well as metallic magnet wastes.Positive results from this project will comprise scalable manufacturing methods to recycle rare earths from catalysts, thermal barrier coatings, and spent magnets in a manner that offers an environmentally safe and economically viable way to conserve critical resources.Additionally, the development of this process may provide a basis around which to adapt and create processing technologies for other rare earth recycling challenges.

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