LLNL-led team to use microorganisms to separate and purify rare-earth elements; biomining

LLNL-led team to use microorganisms to separate and purify rare-earth elements; biomining

Using naturally occurring and engineered proteins and bacteria, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators will separate and purify rare-earth elements for use in the defense sector. Under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource (EMBER) program (earlier post), the team was awarded an initial $4 million in…