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Technologies for Rare Earths Enrichment of a Novel Low-Cost Raw Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-15-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: O12B-T01-4015
Amount: $496,247.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-T01
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-01-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-14
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Prakash Joshi
 Area Manager, Aerospace S
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 David Shifler
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 Antje Harnisch
191 Auditorium Road
Storrs, CT 06269
United States

 (860) 486-3994
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and the University of Connecticut propose a Phase II program to develop enrichment processes for concentrating the rare earth elements (REE) content of a novel, low cost, and abundantly and readily available industrial waste material in the United States. This material has not previously been considered as a domestic REE source. In Phase I, laboratory scale experiments were performed using several enrichment techniques and REE concentrations were measured at various process stages. Using these measurements, enrichment factors for extractable REEs were determined with reference to a specific REE recovery methodology. For our chosen raw material, we found that separation/enrichment processes different from conventional mineral processing are necessary. The Phase II program will focus on the development a range of enrichment processes, scale up of the processes, process modeling and simulation, and modeling of process and product economics. The key Phase II outputs will be pilot plant design for implementation subsequent to Phase II, process simulation models, and process/products economics models. In Phase II, PSI will build upon the relationships developed with potential technology transition partners during Phase I.

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