Phosphogypsum: Another Russian rare earths pipe dream?

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 22 August 2016

A plan to recycle waste from fertiliser plants to produce pure rare earths and gypsum is the latest to come out of Russia’s metallurgical science community, but this project is already facing many of the obstacles that have scuppered previous similar endeavors, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, finds.


Having announced plans to extract rare earths out of everything from Siberian mountains to moon rocks, Russia’s latest announcement that it plans to exploit yet another obscure source material for the lanthanide minerals is unlikely to set many tongues wagging in anticipation.

But the tirelessness with which both...

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