High Purity Separation of a Rare Earth Metal Aggregate

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ReOx Corp
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The physical and chemical characteristics of a substance provide valuable insight into the effectiveness that various separation processes will have in isolating it from a mixture. Determining properties like the magnetic susceptibility, density and solubility of a substance is the basis for developing a process that effectively purifies the desired products.

The team conducted experiments to establish the feasibility of separating and purifying the components of a waste aggregate using various physical and acid-conscious separation techniques. Physical separation processes can be highly effective methods for recovering valuable resources from discarded aggregate and are dependent on the physical properties of each component. Magnetic susceptibility, density separation, froth flotation and solubility were investigated as possible separation processes for the desirable components of the waste aggregate.

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