Critical Materials Innovation Hub (CMI, Phase-III)

2nd Annual CMI Short Course on Rare Earth Elements

Rare Earth Elements (REEs): Mine to Magnet & Market

Prepared by the 5th Cohort of the CMI Leadership Academy

Hosted by Colorado School of Mines

April 11, 2024

Course Objective:

Engaging students, researchers, and professionals in discussions on and solutions for clean energy technologies in the context of critical rare earth elements (REEs). This course will focus on the fundamentals and applications of rare earth permanent magnets through the holistic lens of the market and economy.

Audience Scope:

The course is open to graduate students, postdoctoral associates, researchers, and professionals from CMI team members, CMI affiliates, academic institutions including minority serving institutions, industries, and government agencies.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Rare Earths and Permanent Magnet Materials
  • Rare Earths Overview and Applications
  • Magnetism and Fundamentals of Permanent Magnets
  1. REE Economy
  • Criticality and Market Demand
  • Supply Chains
  1. Life Cycle Stages of Rare-Earth-Based Magnets
  • Mining, Extraction, Processing, Concentration, and Separation
  • Metallization
  • Magnet Fabrication and Manufacturing
  • Recycling End-of-Life Permanent Magnets

8:00 - 8:05 AM Introduction and Welcome by 5th Cohort of the CMI Leadership Academy
8:05 - 8:45 AM
(Session 1)
REEs Overview: Occurrence, Mine Development and Operation
Brock O’Kelley, Colorado School of Mines
8:45 - 9:25 AM
(Session 2)
Extraction, Separation, and Metallization of REEs
Lana Alagha, Missouri University of Science and Technology
9:25 - 9:35 AM Coffee Break
9:35 - 10:15 AM
(Session 3)
Rare Earth and Magnet Market, Supply Chains and Criticality
Braeton Smith, Argonne National Laboratory
10:15 - 10:55 AM
(Session 4)
Magnetism, Permanent Magnets, and Types (NdFeB, SmCo, and Substitutes), Performance Characteristics, and Applications
Jun Cui, Ames National Laboratory and Iowa State University
10:55 - 11:05 AM Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:45 AM
(Session 5)
Magnet Fabrication: Sintering, Bonding, and Next-Generation Methods
Parans Paranthaman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
11:45 - Noon Exit Survey and Closing Remarks
Noon - 12:45 PM Luncheon and Networking

Registration will be open from Friday, March 1 to Friday, March 22, 2024. Class size is limited to 45. A non-refundable course fee of $50 is due upon registration.

By rental car, taxi or ride-share allow 45-60 minutes to and from Denver International Airport during non-rush hours.