Sunday, August 20, 2017

UrFU receives grant for rare-earth metal extraction program

Ural Federal University's (UrFU) Institute of Physics and Technology announced on Monday that it has received federal funding to develop new methods to extract rare-earth metals.

The $7.83 million grant was furnished to UrFU's physics and technology institute as part of the federal government's "Research and development on priority directions of scientific-technology complex of Russia for 2014-2020" initiative. UrFU officials will use the funding to support six different components of the rare-earth metal extraction project: radio electronics, instrument-making, nuclear engineering, machine building, chemical industry and metallurgy.

UrFU's "Development of industrial technology and the associated extraction of rare-earth metals and scandium from technological solutions during the yield of uranium by in-situ leaching in order to improve the efficiency of processing of uranium ores middlings, and meet the growing demand and import substitution of rare-earth metals and scandium in radio electronics, instrument-making, nuclear engineering, machine building, chemical industry, metallurgy" project is overseen by UrFU Institute of Physics and Technology director Vladimir Richkov.