Working with CMI Success Stories

image of 3d printed permanent magnet image: 3d printed permanent magnet developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- link to Magnets -- Print, power, repeat 

Through successful collaborations between national laboratories, universities and industry, CMI is fulfilling the goal to invent and qualify new materials for use in existing products and to help redesign products to capitalize on these new materials. CMI is a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub and serves as the nation's premier research, development and deployment institute for critical materials, their alloys and oxides.

From its beginning in 2013, CMI has been driven by a "think tank" philosophy, with projects led by its multi-disciplinary, world-class researchers and technology developers who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions and carving creative, transformational paths to eliminating the criticality of rare earths and other materials.

Examples of success working with CMI include the development of new aluminum-cerium alloys, new magnet processes and compositions and new methods and processes for recycling critical materials from existing products. Links to stories from CMI and its partners are available for additional information:

Magnets -- Print, power, repeat

Finding better magnets faster with 3D metal printing prototyping

New CMI process recycles magnets from factory floor

Rare earth magnet recycling is a grind, but new process takes a simpler approach

Iowa cornfields could play a role in recycling old electronics

New joint industry project will recycle domestic rare-earth materials using Critical Materials Institute technology

CMI projects win two R&D 100 Awards

Critical Materials Institute develops new acid-free magnet recycling process

Critical Materials Institute manufactures magnets entirely from U.S.-sourced rare earths

The Critical Materials Institute designs rare-earth extractants with the help of new software

Beginning in July 2018, CMI has a new director and it expands its areas of focus for research.