Australia Tries to Increase Rare Earth Market Share

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China exported only 3,966 tons of rare earths in June, down 26.8% year-on-year, which means that the structural changes in China's rare earth industry are still continuing, and the supply and demand situation of the rare earth market will also change. At the same time, Australia is trying to win more shares in the rare earth supply market.

In May of this year, Australian supplier Lynas reported the news of a rare earth separation plant with the US company Blue Line. Lynas is one of the few light rare earth producers outside of Chinese companies.

According to informed sources, Lynas intends to become the only large-scale medium and heavy rare earth producer outside the Chinese company by setting up a joint venture separation plant, and will expand the production scale of light rare earth products in the next few years.

However, it is worth noting that although Lynas is trying to expand its rare earth business, its original business progress has stalled. It is reported that Lynas will export the extracted radioactive waste to a processing plant in Malaysia for processing. The resulting 500,000 tons of waste will have a significant impact on the local groundwater and environment in Malaysia.

According to this month's news, Lynas's processing plant in Malaysia received complaints from a total of 88 local environmental organizations, and these organizations require Lynas to close the processing plant. Coupled with the review initiated by Malaysia, Lynas shares have fallen nearly 18%.rare earth industry image

First Rare Earth Energy-Storing “Luminous Road” in Hainan

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Rare earth energy-storing “Luminous Road” is about to be put into use in Hainan recently, and it has caused widespread concern by crowd people. The reporter of the Southern Metropolis Daily contacted the relevant departments to visit the first self-illuminated road in Chengmai County, Jinjiang Town, Hainan City, together with the project owner responsible for the “Glowing Road”. Demystifying the mystery of the self-illuminating road.

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Past Tungsten Mine - Monte Neme Turns Out to Be Toxic Lake

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A Past tungsten mine area – Instagram’s famous Monte Neme lake recently attached highly attention on the website. During the same time that a turquoise but toxic lake near the Russian city of Novosibirsk is making international headlines as the “Siberian Maldives,” this similarly dangerous attraction is gaining notoriety in Spain.

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Tungsten Powder Market in China Was Weak at the end of July

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Analysis of latest tungsten market from Chinatungsten Online

The tungsten prices in China maintained stability in the week ended on Friday July 26, 2019 on deadlocked supply and demand. The strong rised mentality in the raw material side supported the current transaction prices but weak demand also weakened confidence in the spot market. 

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Rare Earth Prices - July 29, 2019

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Rare earth market quotation in China: rare earth prices remain weak adjustment owing to weak demand side and cautious sentiment of traders. Most sellers reduce their offer levels for more deals. 

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China Molybdenum Prices - July 29, 2019

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China molybdenum prices continue to rise in the week began on Monday July 29, 2019 on tight supply of molybdenum concentrate and active inquiry from downstream. 

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Physicists Study Light Propagation in 2D Molybdenum Diselenide

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An international research team has studied how light propagation in the plane of the thinnest semiconductor crystal in the world. It is found that the spatial distribution of light polarization is similar to that of three-color rapana.

The research results open the door for the development of monatomic optical transistors - quantum computer components can be calculated at the speed of light. The study was published in Nature Nanotechnology. At present, photons are considered to be most suitable for transmitting information in quantum computers. These computers are still hypothetical, based on the laws of the quantum field, and can solve some problems more effectively than the most powerful supercomputers.

"I expect that in the near future, two-dimensional monatomic crystals will be used to transmit information in quantum devices," said Professor Alexey Kavokin, director of the Spin Optics Laboratory at St. Petersburg University.

Classical computers and supercomputers take a long time to complete, and quantum computing devices will be completed soon. That's the great danger of quantum technology - as dangerous as the atomic bomb. For example, with their help, bank protection systems can be cracked very quickly. That's why intensive work is under way today, including the creation of a means to protect quantum devices: quantum cryptography. Our work contributes to semiconductor quantum technology.

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At present, it is impossible to achieve this state at temperatures above - 70 C. However, once suitable materials are found, the invention will enable power to be transmitted to any point on the earth without any loss, and develop a new generation of motors.

In March 2018, Alexey Kavokin's team predicted that the structure of superconducting metals such as aluminium could help overcome this challenge. At present, researchers at the University of St. Petersburg are trying to find ways to obtain theoretical and experimental evidence.

Molybdenum Disulphide Transistors Direct Tailoring After-Fabrication

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Making electronic devices from exfoliated 2-D materials can be tricky. The Daniel Granados team of IMDEA Nanociencia designed a solution that includes post-fabrication customization of MOS 2-FET transistors using pulsed focused electron beam-induced etching.

Transition metal disulfides are thin layers of 2-D atoms bound together by Van der Waals force. These materials exhibit thickness-dependent variations in their physical properties and can be used in different optoelectronic applications.

Atomic thin layers of MoS2 can be separated by micromechanical stripping, but manufacturing optoelectronic devices from mechanically stripped MoS2 is a complex process. Even with the deterministic stamping method, the geometry of the device is limited by the flake shape in all cases. Even when CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) technology is used, device fabrication is hindered by materials growing in the island, which have reduced size and different physical properties.

Therefore, it is very interesting to develop the technology of customizing device geometry after the manufacturing step is completed. The group of Prof. Daniel Granados at IMDEA Nanociencia proposed an intelligent solution by modifying the geometry of several field-effect transistors (FET) made of exfoliated MoS2. The proposed method uses focused electron beam induced etching (FEBIE) and pulsed electron beam variation. The beam uses a pattern generator to scan the surface into a designed geometry, modify the conduction channel between the source and drain of the transistor, and allow customized device performance.

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Compared with the method using multiple manufacturing steps, this method has several advantages. First, it combines patterning and etching in one step rather than two-step nanofabrication. Secondly, it allows electronic and optical characterization before and after customization steps in a simple scheme. Lastly, pulsed FEBIE is a chemical method whose electron beam energy is lower than that of other studies (2.5 kV), which can reduce sample damage and prevent the distortion of MoS2 lattice. Because of these advantages, Granados et al. proposed nanoscissors. It is a significant alternative to expensive and time-consuming nanofabrication technologies, and has great potential for customization of post-fabrication with electrical and geometric characteristics of electronic and photoelectric devices.Making electronic devices from exfoliated 2-D materials can be tricky. The Daniel Granados team of IMDEA Nanociencia designed a solution that includes post-fabrication customization of MOS 2-FET transistors using pulsed focused electron beam-induced etching.

Transition metal disulfides are thin layers of 2-D atoms bound together by Van der Waals force. These materials exhibit thickness-dependent variations in their physical properties and can be used in different optoelectronic applications.

Atomic thin layers of MoS2 can be separated by micromechanical stripping, but manufacturing optoelectronic devices from mechanically stripped MoS2 is a complex process. Even with the deterministic stamping method, the geometry of the device is limited by the flake shape in all cases. Even when CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) technology is used, device fabrication is hindered by materials growing in the island, which have reduced size and different physical properties.

Therefore, it is very interesting to develop the technology of customizing device geometry after the manufacturing step is completed. The group of Prof. Daniel Granados at IMDEA Nanociencia proposed an intelligent solution by modifying the geometry of several field-effect transistors (FET) made of exfoliated MoS2. The proposed method uses focused electron beam induced etching (FEBIE) and pulsed electron beam variation. The beam uses a pattern generator to scan the surface into a designed geometry, modify the conduction channel between the source and drain of the transistor, and allow customized device performance.Compared with the method using multiple manufacturing steps, this method has several advantages. First, it combines patterning and etching in one step rather than two-step nanofabrication. Secondly, it allows electronic and optical characterization before and after customization steps in a simple scheme. Lastly, pulsed FEBIE is a chemical method whose electron beam energy is lower than that of other studies (2.5 kV), which can reduce sample damage and prevent the distortion of MoS2 lattice. Because of these advantages, Granados et al. proposed nanoscissors. It is a significant alternative to expensive and time-consuming nanofabrication technologies, and has great potential for customization of post-fabrication with electrical and geometric characteristics of electronic and photoelectric devices.transistors image

Electrochromic Tungsten Oxide Smart Glass Research or Boosting Fuel Cells Evolution

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Recent research has found that electrochromic tungsten oxide smart glass plate research or providing new ideas for fuel cells research and development. Smart glass is an energy-efficiency product found in newer windows of cars, buildings, and airplanes, slowly changes between transparent and tinted at the flip of a switch.

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Rare Earth Exports to America Declined in Sino-US Trade War

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China's rare earth exported to the United States in June fell by 3.9% from May, reported by Reuters on July 27 that according to relevant Chinese customs data in last Saturday. The outside world suspects that Beijing has reduced exports to US as part of the Sino-US Trade War with the United States.

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