Critical Materials Institute winter meeting held at Colorado School of Mines

GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 12, 2016 – More than 90 researchers from the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) gathered at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) for the CMI Winter Meeting Feb. 3-4. Attendees came from the Ames, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Iowa State University, Purdue, University of California – Davis, University of Tennessee, Yale and Mines.   

The main event was the first CMI conference highlighting research by postdoctoral associates and graduate students. More than 40 presentations were delivered by young CMI researchers, including 15 from Mines carrying out research in the Division of Economics and Business, the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy and the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. 

CMI research aims to accelerate innovation that will ensure supply chains for raw materials essential in clean energy technologies. The innovation spans basic and applied science, engineering and complementary economic and supply chain analysis.

The conference began with remarks from Mark Johnson, director of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and CMI Director Alex King. A highlight of the meeting was a reception at the Mines Geology Museum, at which Mines President Paul Johnson accepted a new exhibit on critical materials from CMI. Mines Professor Rod Eggert and CMI’s Maureen Allen organized the meeting, with significant assistance from the Mines Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE).

See images from the event here.

CMI is a DOE Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory. The Hub is a consortium of national laboratories, universities and industry partners.


Trevor Hall, Communications Associate, Mines Office of Special Programs & Continuing Education | 303-279-9262 |
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3541 |

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