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The synthetic rocks helping us understand how sought-after rare earth elements form

September 2022

Researchers from Trinity have shed new light on the formation of increasingly precious rare earth elements (REEs) by creating synthetic rocks and testing their responses to varying environmental conditions. REEs are used in electronic devices and green energy technologies, from smartphones to e-cars.

Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco, Associate Professor in Nanomineralogy at Trinity and an iCRAG (SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences) Funded Investigator was the principal investigator of the work. 

Juan Diego - Syn rock

From left to right, Adrienn Maria Szucs (lead author of the study), Melanie Maddin, Daniel Brien, Paul Guyett, and Professor Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (group leader), in the iCRAG Lab at Trinity