Research Project code：9800037980
Update date：Dec. 20, 2002
Electronically mediated reactions (EMR)
1996 - 1999
Investigating Researcher (1)：
In response to the rising demands for higher performance materials, improved process efficiency, and greater materials recyclability, the development of a new process for the production of rare metals has assumed considerable importance in recent years. These metals are almost without exception produced by metallothermic reduction, a method that relies on a reaction that is electronically mediated. At the research center, a fundamental investigation of electronically mediated reactions (EMR) is currently under way. A deeper understanding of the nature of EMR will pave the way for process improvements such as superior control of reaction rate, better product morphology, and more precise location of the deposit. We have employed these new concepts in the design of rare metal production processes. The concept of EMR guided process optimization and improved energy utilization. Presently, our research is focused on three applications: continuous titanium powder production, high purity tantalum powder production for electronic devices, and optimization of rare earth magnet production.
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