I had the good fortune of being invited by the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) to organize and moderate a rare earth panel at its annual conference, this year convened in Edmonton May 6–9. The theme of the conference was From Prospect to Product. The CIM is also committed to engaging student participation in its programs.
I had the good fortune to be introduced to Josh Rosen of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering some months earlier. So I took the liberty of inviting Josh to sit on the panel, asking that he enlighten the audience on where rare earths/rare metals are used in medicine. As an added bonus, I invited Josh to summarize two examples for RareMetalApps, and he shares his thoughts below. . .
Rare earth elements (REEs) have many applications in modern industries, ranging from electronics and energy to medicine. Their unique properties, such as radiation emission or magnetism, allow REEs to be used in many different therapeutic and diagnostic applications in modern medicine. Currently there are a few major applications of REEs in medicine but many more of them are on the horizon. In this blog post, I will examine a few of the current major applications of REEs and offer some thoughts on how emerging advancements such as nanotechnology might be used to enhance them in the future. . .View Full Article