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!


Nov 2, 2016
US President Barack Obama fist bumps with the robotic arm of neuro interface patient Nathan Copeland as he tours innovation projects at the White House Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburg in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, October 13, 2016. ... Read More
Oct 11, 2016
New technologies seem to be being announced faster than ever (and a lot of them I describe for you here each month!), holding promise of solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, be it food and water security, energy sustainability or... Read More
Sep 20, 2016
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies (see below) has a tradition of naming the Top 10 Emerging Technologies to keep an eye on, and 2016 is no exception. Among this year’s Top 10: perovskite – a new ph... Read More
Aug 30, 2016
Forty-plus years ago, when I was attending Met Engineering classes, I couldn’t imagine sitting with a laptop in hand, designing new materials to meet yet unseen performance expectations. Then again, at the time, I couldn’t even imagine a la... Read More
Aug 10, 2016
Sourced from Ecomento.com It has recently been reported that James Dyson, British innovator and entrepreneur, could bring a formidable electric car to the market. Dyson has already delivered brilliantly designed, market-applauded vacuum cleaners... Read More
Jul 19, 2016
A colleague of mine recently took his first flight on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner the other week. On boarding, he immediately flipped me an e-mail touting the “really cool windows” – ones that did away with a pull-down plastic s... Read More
Jun 28, 2016
Sourced from PeriodicTable.com Tin is traditionally thought of as a material used in tinplating, solders, glass making and in alloys such as bronze and pewter. However, more recently, tin has established a higher-tech profile through its inclusi... Read More
Jun 10, 2016
Lithium-ion batteries have transformed our everyday lives, however, durability and robustness of their cells are still some of the biggest issues preventing electric cars from being used by more people. The longest-lasting electric vehicles runnin... Read More
May 26, 2016
We’re bringing you some recent exciting news from the lithium sector with this edition of Lithium Links. While perhaps everyone has heard of the well-known players in the sector (Tesla!), there is a lot more going on in this rapidly growing ... Read More
May 18, 2016
1989 may seem like an age-and-a-half ago, but like I’ve always said… “If you can imagine it, it will come” …just leave it to innovative scientists and the possibilities provided by new technologies and materials! Many... Read More