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Volvo produces first cars with recycled cobalt mapped on Blockchain

The automotive company has produced the first cars containing recycled cobalt mapped using blockchain technology

Volvo produces first cars with recycled cobalt mapped on Blockchain
Argus LiCoNi 2019

This conference will be focused on developments in the Asian market and what effect that is having on global macroeconomics

Argus LiCoNi 2019
International Ferroalloys Conference

The International Ferroalloys Conference 2019 will take place in Budapest (Hungary) from 17 November to 19 November

International Ferroalloys Conference
Scientists developed multifunctional metal alloys that can change shape in the magnetic field

This effect is caused by changes in the structure of the substance. The alloys may be used in medicine and industry

Scientists developed multifunctional metal alloys that can change shape in the magnetic field
American Manganese develops a method to recover cobalt from spent batteries

The company entered the lithium-ion recycling business after it realized that metal processing method it developed for its own property had a much wider application

American Manganese develops a method to recover cobalt from spent batteries
25th CRU Ryan's Notes Ferroalloys Conference

The Conference will take place in Miami (USA) on 20-22 October 2019

25th CRU Ryan's Notes Ferroalloys Conference
New process to recover metals from recycled lithium-ion batteries

Perth-based metals developer Neometals is a step closer to proving the technical and economic viability of its proprietary process to recover metals from recycled lithium-ion batteries

New process to recover metals from recycled lithium-ion batteries
EU aims to become powerhouse of battery production and recycling

The EU battery market could be worth up to €250 billion ($282 billion) in 2025 with global demand for electric vehicles forecast to reach up to 900 million by 2040

EU aims to become powerhouse of battery production and recycling
Transforming waste heat into clean energy

Do you feel the warmth coming off your computer or cell phone? That's wasted energy radiating from the device

Transforming waste heat into clean energy
Researchers discover surprising quantum effect in hard disk drive material

Scientists find surprising way to affect information storage properties in metal alloy

Researchers discover surprising quantum effect in hard disk drive material
An environmentally friendly method to recover materials from lithium-ion batteries

Rice University researchers literally have a solution to deal with the glut of used lithium-ion batteries left behind by the ever-increasing demand for electric vehicles, cellphones and other electronic devices

An environmentally friendly method to recover materials from lithium-ion batteries
Scientists find new way to power electric cars using cobalt

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (USA) have developed a new method that uses cobalt metal particles to produce hydrogen and to use it to power EVs

Scientists find new way to power electric cars using cobalt
Metal-organic frameworks composed of cobalt ions to tackle climate change

A new process could capture and separate carbon dioxide from gases emitted from industrial processes

Metal-organic frameworks composed of cobalt ions to tackle climate change
Billionaires are on the hunt for new underground cobalt

A coalition of billionaires led by Bill Gates has thrown its financial weight behind a startup hoping to build a “Google Maps for the earth’s crust” to hunt for new sources of cobalt

Billionaires are on the hunt for new underground cobalt
CI appoints Simon Cook as VP of Global Regulations

The Cobalt Institute (CI) is delighted to welcome Dr Simon Cook as the new Vice President of Global Regulations

CI appoints Simon Cook as VP of Global Regulations
New cobalt supply central to growing electric vehicle market

Cobalt is a technology and energy metal with unique physical and chemical properties making it ideal for use in a wide range of metallic and chemical applications

New cobalt supply central to growing electric vehicle market
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January 2019

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The Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)

On 9 January 2019, the Cobalt Institute (CI) launched the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)

The Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)
The CI welcomes new Member Metalkol RTR

Metalkol RTR is a major reprocessing plant for historic cobalt and copper tailings from previous mining operations in the Haut-Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The CI welcomes new Member Metalkol RTR
Volkswagen to spend $50 billion on electric car 'offensive'

German automaker Volkswagen said it will spend tens of billions of dollars refocusing the company on the making of electric cars, autonomous vehicles and new mobility services

Volkswagen to spend $50 billion on electric car 'offensive'
The President of the Cobalt Institute opened China International Ni&Co Forum

The President of the CI opened China International Ni&Co Industry Forum 2018 with a speech on the circular economy and the value of pursuing sustainability

The President of the Cobalt Institute opened China International Ni&Co Forum
No stopping strong global EV sales growth

China’s month-on-month new electric vehicles (NEV) sales rebounded in August after month-on-month declines in June and July

No stopping strong global EV sales growth
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has found new deep-sea mineral deposits

The deposits could include important industrial metals such as copper, zinc, cobalt, nickel, vanadium, wolfram and silver

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has found new deep-sea mineral deposits
France's Saft targets new generation battery production from 2020

France's Saft expects its four-way European battery alliance to begin mass production of new generation lithium-ion batteries from early 2020

France's Saft targets new generation battery production from 2020
Cobalt promises to reduce unwanted resistance in the critical parts of a chip

The company Applied Materials has launched a suite of products that will enable cobalt metallization schemes for contacts and interconnects in chips at advanced nodes

Cobalt promises to reduce unwanted resistance in the critical parts of a chip
Fortune Minerals announces successful tests to produce clean cobalt concentrate from the Nico Project

Fortune Minerals Limited has announced that it has received successful results of metallurgical test work verifying that it can produce an upgraded and essentially arsenic-free cobalt concentrate

Fortune Minerals announces successful tests to produce clean cobalt concentrate from the Nico Project
China International Ni&Co Industry Forum 2018

China International Ni&Co Industry Forum 2018 will take place from 6 to 8 November in Xiamen, Fujian Province (China). This event has become an important platform for discussing the trend of cobalt and nickel industry and seeking for business cooperation since 1999

China International Ni&Co Industry Forum 2018
Innovation award for an acid-free rare earth metals recycling process which can also recover cobalt

The new magnet recycling process is able to recover rare earth elements and also cobalt from cobalt-containing magnet wastes

Innovation award for an acid-free rare earth metals recycling process which can also recover cobalt
New method for the synthesis of epilepsy drug using cobalt as a catalyst

A team at Princeton University (USA) has developed a new method for the synthesis of epilepsy medicine using cobalt as a catalyst

New method for the synthesis of epilepsy drug using cobalt as a catalyst
Cobalt a high-performance material to come to the artificial intelligence sector

Cobalt’s properties which allow for increasing chip performance, could lead it to have a major place in the semiconductor manufacturing industry

Cobalt a high-performance material to come to the artificial intelligence sector
Introducing the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)

The Cobalt Institute (CI) is pleased to announce further progress in the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)

Introducing the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)
Argus LiCoNi 2018

The 2nd edition of Argus LiCoNi will take place in Singapore on 28 and 29 August 2018. The event will provide a platform for stakeholders in the battery metals industry to meet and discuss upcoming trends and challenges

Argus LiCoNi 2018
Scientists find way to make lithium-ion batteries last longer: it requires more cobalt

American scientists from the University of Maryland, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the U.S. Army Research Lab think they have found a way to make lithium-ion batteries last longer by using extra cobalt

Scientists find way to make lithium-ion batteries last longer: it requires more cobalt
Water changes how cobalt-based molecule turns carbon dioxide into chemical feedstock

A research team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA) devised a cobalt-based catalyst system that works in water

Water changes how cobalt-based molecule turns carbon dioxide into chemical feedstock
BMW mining deals shelved until EVs can be mass-produced

Luxury vehicle maker BMW won’t be signing any supply contracts for lithium and cobalt at least until 2020, when mass-producing electric vehicles (EVs) proves to be profitable

BMW mining deals shelved until EVs can be mass-produced
Cobalt, the technology-enabling material

Cobalt has been used to colour pottery and glass for at least 2600 years evidenced by cobalt-containing glazes having been found in Ancient Egyptian tombs. Chinese pottery from Tang (600-900 AD) and Ming dynasties (1350-1650 AD) also contained blue colours made from cobalt-containing minerals

Cobalt, the technology-enabling material
UCSD professor devises way to recycle lithium-ion batteries

An assistant professor at the University of California San Diego says he has developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore them to the point that they work as good as new

UCSD professor devises way to recycle lithium-ion batteries
Cobalt cannot be eradicated from electric car batteries

Makers of electric vehicle batteries will have to keep using scarce, expensive cobalt in their products for the foreseeable future despite a push towards higher nickel compositions, materials technology company Umicore said

Cobalt cannot be eradicated from electric car batteries
Sweden intensifies hunt for cobalt as the demand for electrical vehicles increases

Sweden will intensify efforts to find minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles

Sweden intensifies hunt for cobalt as the demand for electrical vehicles increases
New alloy made from iron, cobalt and manganese sets magnetism benchmark

A team of researchers announced that they have constructed a stable thin film made from iron, cobalt and manganese that boasts an average atomic moment potentially 50 percent greater than previous benchmark

New alloy made from iron, cobalt and manganese sets magnetism benchmark
Inorganic Cobalt metal in a new high-efficiency and cheapest catalyst for water electrolysis

Inorganic cobalt metal ions were shown to be a suitable precursor for developing efficient and ultra-stable electrocatalysts

Inorganic Cobalt metal in a new high-efficiency and cheapest catalyst for water electrolysis
Cobalt Could Untangle Chips’ Wiring Problems

Intel and GlobalFoundries are replacing some copper connections with the resilient, conductive metal

Cobalt Could Untangle Chips’ Wiring Problems
Vale looks to first-ever cobalt stream: report

Vale has hired Canada's Bank of Montreal (BMO) to raise around US$500 million from bidders for cobalt that would be produced at its Voisey's Bay nickel mine in eastern Canada

Vale looks to first-ever cobalt stream: report
Argus Metals Week 2018

The Argus Metals Week 2018 will take place in London on 27 February – 2 March 2017 with more cobalt-dedicated sessions

Argus Metals Week 2018
Researchers develop a cheaper new fuel cell using cobalt

The new type of fuel cell is made of porous carbon nanofibers embedded with a compound made of a relatively abundant metal like cobalt

Researchers develop a cheaper new fuel cell using cobalt
EV Makers Join Forces to “Drive Sustainability” in Cobalt Mining

A group of carmakers will set up a Raw Materials Observatory to assess the risks posed by crucial elements such as cobalt in the automotive sector

EV Makers Join Forces to “Drive Sustainability” in Cobalt Mining
Introducing the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)

The Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF) will enable to conduct enhanced risk management in line with industry good practice focused on the responsible sourcing of minerals

Introducing the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF)
A new generation of fertilizers based on metal nanoparticles, including cobalt, expected to produce macro-harvests

Russian scientists have developed a new generation of innovative fertilizers

A new generation of fertilizers based on metal nanoparticles, including cobalt, expected to produce macro-harvests
The President of the Cobalt Institute talks about the cobalt market in a recent interview with Investing News

The President of the Cobalt Institute, David Weight, addressed some of the current core topics within the cobalt industry sector

The President of the Cobalt Institute talks about the cobalt market in a recent interview with Investing News
Democratic Republic of Congo pledges to end child labour in mines

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) acknowledged that children are working in artisanal cobalt mines

Democratic Republic of Congo pledges to end child labour in mines
Renault-Nissan Joins the Electric Car Race in China

The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to make electric vehicles in China in partnership with local automaker Dongfeng Motor

Renault-Nissan Joins the Electric Car Race in China
Nordic Chemicals Summit 2017

Second annual meeting about progressive and innovative chemicals management organized by Chemical Watch

Nordic Chemicals Summit 2017
3rd Summit Meeting on Chemical Regulations in Asia Pacific

The meeeting will open on 20 September in Hangzhou (China)

3rd Summit Meeting on Chemical Regulations in Asia Pacific
US Workshop: Chemical Regulations in China, Korea and EU

The workshop will take place in Washington DC on Thursday 14 September from 9 am to 16 pm

US Workshop: Chemical Regulations in China, Korea and EU
First Quantum Minerals announces its intention to place Ravensthore Nickel Operation on Care and Maintenance

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company", TSX Symbol "FM") today announced its intention to suspend operations at its Ravensthorpe nickel operation, in Western Australia

First Quantum Minerals announces its intention to place Ravensthore Nickel Operation on Care and Maintenance
CI Communications Receives a Boost

​The CI is delighted to welcome Ms Rocio Troncoso to the CI as the new Communications and PR Officer.

Responsible Sourcing

CI announces new partnership to strengthen responsible cobalt guidance and tools.

Responsible Sourcing
Lithium-ion Battery Recycling

American Manganese is developing a new technology for the recycling of spent cathode materials used in lithium ion batteries.

Future Technologies: Embedding carbon nanotubes with cobalt nanoparticles

Exciting new research has highlighted the vast potential of embedding carbon nanotubes with cobalt nanoparticles.

Future Technologies: Embedding carbon nanotubes with cobalt nanoparticles
Three biomedical applications that cobalt ferrite can help improve

Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles have vast potential in producing new drug delivery systems, treating hypothermia and increasing the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Three biomedical applications that cobalt ferrite can help improve

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