China accounts for 90 per cent of the global supply of rare earths, the trace metal elements critical to the manufacture of nearly all hi-tech products. Photo: Reuters

Chinese scientists find faster way to extract rare earths that may also cut industry pollution

  • Team’s process uses a new material to separate out the minerals used in hi-tech products – shortening extraction time from days to 20 minutes
  • Material can also be recycled and will reduce production and environmental costs, according to lead researcher Sun Xiaoqi
Topic |   Rare earth element

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China accounts for 90 per cent of the global supply of rare earths, the trace metal elements critical to the manufacture of nearly all hi-tech products. Photo: Reuters
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