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.

Dec 13, 2017
According to the World Bank , nearly half of the world’s population (of 7.6 billion people) now have access to the internet. I must confess that when I read that number I thought it was low - I think I take the internet for granted here i... Read More
Nov 24, 2017
In 2016, the National People’s Congress in China ratified its 13 th Five Year Plan, which has been called the “most environmentally focused to date.” These plans set out economic and social goals and directives and are gen... Read More
Nov 7, 2017
Research being undertaken at New York-based Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University sees the advent of innovative lithium electrodes coated with indium: electrodes that could offer “the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting,... Read More
Oct 3, 2017
“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. […] The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space&rd... Read More
Sep 5, 2017
In April earlier this year, the Energy Observer was launched with the intention of becoming the first hydrogen vessel to sail around the world. The vessel will test and prove the efficiency of a full production chain that relies on the coupling of ... Read More
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... 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&h... 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 answ... 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 Ins... Read More