Earth Day lecture event “Rare earth – Opportunities and risks for resource protection and future technologies”

23.03.2012 – Earth Day lecture event
Rare earth – Opportunities and risks for resource protection and future technologies”

Zepf and Professor Volker. Roderick G. Eggert, Ph.D.
18. April 2012, 10:00 – 12:30 Clock, in the Institut Dr.. Flat

The group of rare earths, overall 17 Elements, has attracted in recent months, enormous attention, because they represent a number of studies in the U.S. and Europe, according to the most critical elements of the present. They are essential for the production of iPhones, Computer Hard Drives, Wind turbines and electric cars, then the media. Correct this problem is the quasi-monopoly position of China, because China supports nearly the entire world production. Now, China has increasingly restricted the supply of rare earths, which resulted in considerable price fluctuations and to the west is accompanied with great concern.

New research shows, however,, that the issue of rare earths is anticipated wrong. It is all about, the real issues to clearly identify and demonstrate approaches, the chances, the use of rare earth elements in high-technology, Lifestyle, Medical and climate-related applications,, use and efficient to be able to.

The speakers and their topics:

Rare earth, sustainable strategies, Volker Zepf, University of Augsburg
Geographer (univ.)

Volker Zepf Researcher at the Department of Resource Strategy at the University of Augsburg. Volker Zepf has been 2009 Research Associate at the Institute for Resource Strategy in Prof. Dr. Armin Reller, University of Augsburg. He has in the first quarter 2012 completed his dissertation on the topic (Working title): “Rare Elements – an analysis in space and time.” After studying geography with a focus on Human Geography and GIScience during the years 2005 to 2009 he inquired with a degree in geography (univ.) u.a. about “Neo-colonial times in Africa. The importance of strategic mineral commodities in a globalized world.” Previously, he worked as a professional soldier in the fighter pilot TORNADO, Flight instructor, in hardware- and software development, and the staff worked and finished his army career as a lieutenant colonel.

Rare Earths: A U.S. Perspective on Strategic Importance, Availability and Public Policies Prof.. Roderick G. Eggert, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
Prof.. Roderick G. Eggert, Colorado School of Mines
Prof.. Roderick G. Eggert (B.A., Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, M.S, Geochemistry and Mineralogy, The Pennsylvania State University, PhD, Mineral Economics, The Pennsylvania State University) ist Direktor der Division of Economics and Business an der Colorado School of Mines. As a leading expert in the technological, economic and strategic importance of rare earths, he was 2010 from U.S. Senate and 2011 by the European Parliament invited to attend hearings. In 2010 erhielt er den Mineral Economics Award des American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and was Chairman of the Committee of the U.S.. National Research Council, the 2008 the book “Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy published ".

Those: Institute Dr. Flat

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