Phosphate rock waste is being touted as a possible new source of rare earth elements used in vehicle manufacturing, along with an environmentally friendly way to get them out. Researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other members of the Critical Materials Institute say swapping harsh chemicals to extract the elements with bacteria could benefit clean-energy technology. The institute is a U.S. Department of Energy effort aimed at bolstering U.S. supply chains for materials ...

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