Conquering the Complex
Essential Expertise for Critical Resources
For many industries and businesses, sustained supplies of essential materials like rare earth materials are critical. Society and industry rely on these materials to enable technological advancement. But extracting and purification of these materials and developing a process for sustained supply of these resources can be overwhelming. Battelle’s deep team of specialized engineers can help create a process to make the impossible possible.
Rare Earth Elements Research
Many high-tech devices require rare earth elements (REEs) to function – from smartphones to guidance systems. Battelle is conducting important research to find the most effective and efficient ways to extract and separate these REEs out of various domestic feedstocks.
Improving Coal-to-Liquid Technology
In countries, like the U.S., that have significant coal resources, liquifying that coal in liquid fuels can help reduce dependency on foreign fuel resources. Battelle’s process engineering expertise is helping to make this coal-to-liquid technology a reality.
Mike Heinrichs is a program manager and chemical engineer in Battelle’s Energy Division, with research interests in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); recovery of rare earth elements and critical materials (REE/CM); and in process design, experimentation, modeling, validation and scale up and piloting of early TRL technologies.