CMI Affiliates

CMI Affiliates are ABB, Arnold Magnetic Technologies, CAP Holdings, Crooked Creek Exploration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Eutectix, First Solar, iNEMI, JCDREAM, Louisiana Tech University, MagnaDrive, Material Alchemy, Momentum Technologies, Nth Cycle, NASA, NETL, Niron Magnetics, Seagate Technology, Shiloh Industries and XploSafe. More information is available in the following table.

CMI Affiliates:

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ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. Each year we dedicate around $1.5 billion to fund research and development activities driven by our 8,500 technologists in our four divisions and seven corporate research centers. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

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Arnold Magnetic Technologies

Arnold Magnetic Technologies, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a global manufacturer of high performance magnets, precision magnetic assemblies and thin metals. High performance materials from Arnold support motor systems that are smaller, lighter and more efficient while operating in high speed, high heat environments. Arnold's advanced materials and magnetic assemblies serve a wide range of industries including aerospace and defense, automotive and motorsports, consumer and industrial, oil and gas, medical, and more. Many of our products are ITAR compliant, made from our advanced, DFARS compliant materials. In addition, Arnold Magnetic Technologies holds certifications in ISO:9001, AS9100, ISO TS 16949, and NADCAP. For more information, visit Arnold Magnetic Technologies at, or call us at 800-593-9127.

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CAP Holdings

CAP Holdings is a water science company that exists to develop and deploy proprietary water treatment technologies. We collaborate with the scientific and regulatory communities to advance the state of water technologies and awareness of their potential to address social problems and global instability associated with water resources. For more information on CAP Holdings, see

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Crooked Creek Exploration

Crooked Creek Exploration is a privately held company with offices in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is involved in exploration for oil and gas in the Delaware Basin of West Texas and is exploring opportunities for precious metals in Alaska. Founder George W. Roth is a geologist with more than 40 years of exploration and development experience in oil and gas.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

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Eutectix LLC manufactures rare earth metals and rare earth alloys, metal hydride materials, bulk metallic glass, and custom engineered alloys for hydrogen storage and other advanced applications. Eutectix has unique capabilities at its plants in Tolleson Arizona and Troy Michigan to produce these metals and alloys – critical materials which are essential to the military and widely used in aerospace, automotive, electronics, solar, wind and battery technology.

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First Solar

First Solar is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. The company provides solutions to contemporary energy problems, reducing the risk of fuel price volatility with reliable and bankable PV solutions. First Solar is taking energy forward, and providing comprehensive solar solutions to diversify.

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International Electronic Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI)

iNEMI is a not-for-profit consortium of 90 leading electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities.

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The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) was established to provide the organizational framework to stimulate innovation in the use of earth abundant materials within an established and emerging industrial sector. Washington State has already emerged as a significant innovation and manufacturing hub for the clean energy and transportation industrial sectors.

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Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech University is a selective admissions university in North Louisiana that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. It is one of only three universities in Louisiana ranked in the top tier by US News & World Report, and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the country for return on investment, starting salaries of graduates, and for graduating students with the least amount of debt. As a selective admissions, comprehensive public university, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and economic development. Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet safe and supportive, community of learners. Louisiana Tech provides a technology-rich, interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research environment to ensure student and faculty success.

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MagnaDrive is based in Woodinville, Washington.

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Material Alchemy

We work with our industrial partners to solve clearly defined commercial problems in materials - many of which require breakthroughs in basic science and engineering. Using technology to optimize the trade-offs between different material attributes, we use a combination of measurement capabilities, synthesis/processing techniques, theoretical methods and advanced computer-aided analysis, including machine-learning methods, which are specifically geared towards designing the custom material for practical needs, which are also preferably sustainable.

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Momentum Technologies

Currently, less than 1% of rare earth elements are recycled due to inefficient collection and recycling processes. Momentum Technologies is overcoming these obstacles with two proprietary technologies created by the Critical Materials Institute in order to bring sustainability to the rare earth market.

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Nth Cycle

Nth Cycle is developing a technology to recycle rare earth and specialty elements (i.e., Co, Li) from industrial waste streams to create a secure, sustainable source of these critical materials here in the U.S. To find out more, please visit us at and

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NASA Glenn Research Center

NASA is the United States government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. It is headquartered in Washington DC and is composed of 10 research and flight field centers located throughout the United States. It was chartered in 1958 and has been responsible for unique scientific and technological achievements in human space flight, space science, space applications, and aeronautics. These efforts have resulted in widespread impacts on our nation, the world, and our understanding of the universe around us. NASA is also heavily involved in outreach and public education through award-winning educational web sites, major exhibitions in museums and science centers, partnerships with minority universities, and research projects that allow students and teachers to participate in NASA missions.

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National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL)

NETL, the Department of Energy's fossil energy research lab, has expertise in the areas of Energy Conversion Engineering, Materials Engineering, Geological & Environmental Systems, Systems Engineering and Analysis, Computational Science and Engineering, and Program Execution and Integration. Most recently, NETL is developing intramural and extramural research capabilities for separation and extraction of rare earth elements from coal and coal by-products.

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Niron Magnetics, Inc.

Niron Magnetics, Inc. is the leader in developing iron nitride magnets. Iron nitride is the most promising candidate to replace rare earth magnets, the best-performing magnetic materials today. Bulk iron nitride magnets were first demonstrated by Professor Jian-Ping Wang of the University of Minnesota in 2013. Since then, Niron has been working to improve the properties of iron nitride and develop commercial production. First principles calculations suggest that iron nitride magnets should eventually have twice the performance of rare earths. At the same time, the cost of producing magnets made with cheap, abundant and environmentally friendly iron and nitrogen should be a dramatic improvement.

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Seagate Technology LLC

Seagate creates space for the human experience by innovating how data is stored, shared, and used. For almost 40 years, we have driven innovation with precision-engineered hard drives and technology solutions that have empowered billions of people and businesses to realize their tasks and their dreams. To learn more about Seagate and our products please visit us at

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Shiloh Industries, Inc.

Shiloh Industries, Inc. is a leading global supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions to the automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial segments, capable of delivering solutions in aluminum, magnesium, steel and high-strength steel alloys to original equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

The company offers the broadest portfolio of lightweighting solutions in the industry through its BlankLight®, CastLight™ and StampLight™ brands. Shiloh designs and manufactures components in body, chassis and powertrain systems with expertise in precision blanks, ShilohCore acoustic laminates, aluminum and steel laser welded blanks, complex stampings, modular assemblies, aluminum and magnesium die casting, as well as precision machined components.

Shiloh has over 3,100 dedicated employees with operations, sales and technical centers throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  Lightweighting without Compromise®

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XploSafe is a provider of critical solutions for chemical safety, homeland security, water purification, and resource recovery. XploSafe’s technology for separation and recovery of rare earths provides facile separation and isolation of these valuable commodities. Reactions of ores, magnets, post-consumer waste, and machining scraps with its specialized extractant leads to complete dissolution of all of the metals but upon cooling the rare earth complexes crystallize out selectively. Therefore, unlike other hydrometallurgical processes, the isolation of the rare earths is facile, does not require multiple steps or toxic solvents, and does not generate large amounts of waste. Furthermore, it is also easy to separate the rare earth complexes from each other allowing the isolation of individual rare earths.


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