Exploring Clean Technology

Welcome to “Exploring Clean Technology” - a place to explore advanced material science and applications, among other subjects. Click below to read about recent technology developments, all made possible with advanced materials such as lithium, indium, gallium, tin and the rare earths.

This site was previously titled Rare Metals Matter and found on an Avalon-sponsored site separate from the company website. The same RMM content has now been relocated here. Thank you for your continued readership!


Aug 9, 2017
I was recently perusing several online articles in an effort to respond to a question a colleague asked about rare earth lasers – a query more related to which lasers are used for what applications. I fortunately came across a SCHOTT (one of the ... Read More
Jul 4, 2017
First of all, Happy Canada Day, and Happy Independence Day to our southern friends! As many readers are already aware, graphene is an allotrope of carbon first isolated by scientists in 2004. It is just one atom thick, extremely light and around 200... Read More
Jun 12, 2017
A day doesn’t go by when I don’t come across an interesting new application for rare metals and other advanced materials (okay, maybe not every day, unless I spent a bit more time reading). These past couple of weeks were no exception&hel... Read More
May 10, 2017
There have been a few articles released as of late positing that the rare earths (REE) are ready for a comeback. Some scoff at the notion - how can a suite of elements that were so hyped and seemingly came to nothing come back into vogue? The answer ... Read More
Apr 18, 2017
As a follow up to my article “Some Like it Hot!” posted on March 15, another important dimension to advanced materials is strength. As reported by Nicola Davison of CNN on January 13, 2017, “Researchers at the Massachusetts Institut... Read More
Mar 15, 2017
As reported by April Gocha on CeramicsTechToday.com (January 13, 2017), researchers at Imperial College London “have discovered that hafnium carbide and tantalum carbide have some of the highest melting points of any measured materials—ma... Read More
Feb 14, 2017
When it comes to consumer electronics, the CES is the most influential spot for the latest tech. The Consumer Electronics Show 2017, which ran January 5 through 8 in Las Vegas, debuted and displayed some of the latest innovations from more than 3,800... Read More
Jan 24, 2017
Sourced from Cdnph.upi.com Much like any gadget you’ve ever owned, the International Space Station (‘ISS’) also needs new batteries from time to time. As David Grossman reported on popularmechanics.com on Dec 30th, “Th... Read More
Jan 3, 2017
As April Gocha noted in her piece on CeramicTechToday (December 13, 2016) “Fossil fuels still largely power our world – but their combustion creates a host of harmful waste gases.” Growing use of renewable energy sources helps ... Read More
Dec 16, 2016
Sourced from Niagaraparks.com Since the late 1990’s, Niagara Falls have been lit with 21 Xenon spotlights… that is, until mid-December of this year. Lighting the mighty Niagara Falls actually goes back some 150 plus years. In 186... Read More