Four Research Thrusts

organizational chart of four research thrusts

(A click on the org chart image will lead to a pdf version that includes hotlinks for the e-mail addresses for leaders.)

CMI has more than 30 projects focused in four areas. Project titles are available in a table, which can be sorted by project leader, location of project leader, project title or project number.  CMI research is conducted at partner institutions, including national laboratories, universities and industry locations.  Click on the following hotlinks to find more information on research in each area, including titles of research projects and the researchers who lead them.

Meet the CMI Researchers:  Learn about the people who conduct CMI research through these pictures and stories. A summary of CMI work is available in the 20-page annual report.

Invention Disclosures:  CMI researchers have created more than two dozen invention disclosures.  These range from improved extractive processes, recycling techniques, and substitute materials—technologies designed to increase production and efficiency of, and reduce reliance on, the use of rare earths and other critical materials. Industry has adopted CMI technologies. 

Webinars: CMI research is described in several CMI webinars, created by the CMI education and outreach team at Colorado School of Mines. Recent topics include a microbial approach to recycling rare earth elements and recovery of rare earths from Florida phosphate ore processing.

Titles of technical publications by CMI leaders and researchers are included in this list

Research Opportunities:  Opportunities to be involved in CMI research include becoming a CMI Member, applying for a position at one of the CMI institutions, and applying for a postdoc, undergraduate or community college internship or visiting faculty program