Meet CMI Researcher Anja Mudring

CMI researcher Anja MudringCMI researcher Anja Mudring is a materials chemist who is harmessing the promising qualities of ionic liquids, salts in a liquid state, to optimize processes for critical materials. 

“Ionic liquids have a lot of useful qualities, but most useful for materials processing is that ionic liquids are made up of two parts: the cation and the anion. We can play around with the chemical identities of each of those components and that opens the doors to huge amount of options,” says Mudring. “That means we can really engineer ionic liquids with specific functions in mind.”

One such function is improving the rare-earth separation process, either for extracting rare earths from ore or recycling rare earths from discarded magnets.