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Summer Bridge on Critical Materials
June 15, 2024 Volume 54 Issue 2
The summer issue of The Bridge discusses leveraging new and emerging technologies, infrastructure, innovative approaches, and a resilient supply chain to ensure a stable and reliable supply of critical materials far into the future.
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorJohn L. Anderson and Alton D. Romig Jr.

    The raison d’être for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is to provide technical advice to the government and public and to promote the profession of engineering. The members[1] of the NAE, elected by their peers, are expected to be role models for engineering and sources of ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorRonald M. Latanision

    During the 1984–85 academic year while I was a professor at MIT, I arranged a year-long sabbatical as an advisor to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. The chair of the committee was Don Fuqua, and the committee included Al Gore, Dan Glickman, and Ron Paul, ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorJennie S. Hwang (NAE) is CEO of H-Technologies Group.

    Significant efforts have been made in the critical ­materials arena on the national level, yet further holistic and amalgamated approaches are required to develop a robust and integrated national strategy and its corresponding actionable plans and to implement them in a deliberate, ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorJennie S. Hwang

    A holistic and amalgamated approach is essential to tackling the challenges of critical materials.

    On top of global existential geopolitical environments and changing geopolitical forces, the protracted status of the Russia-Ukraine war since ­Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, has ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorMark E. Russell, Lindley Specht, Steve Klepper, and Alfred Pandiscio

    We must take steps to minimize the supply chain vulnerability of rare earth elements and the environmental impacts of processing them.

    In recent years, there has been significant coverage in the general press as well as in policy circles of the challenges and risks facing the United States and ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorPaul E. Krajewski

    A successful transition of the automobile industry to an electric, autonomous, and connected future depends on a stable and scalable supply of critical and sustainable materials.

    Automobiles are manufactured from materials using almost every element in the periodic table, from aluminum to zinc. ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorPradeep Lall

    There is a critical need for research on and development of new non-PFAS materials.

    Environmental, social, and governance factors are used to evaluate companies to gauge their level of advancement with regards to sustainability. Sustainability has received increased attention owing to growing ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorFrancisco F. Roberto and Robert C. Dunne

    The circular economy approach is a crucial facet of meeting the demand for critical materials.

    This article considers the increasing use of lithium in electric vehicle (EV) batteries—and, to a certain extent, the primary and secondary use of ­lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) in ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorRémi Dingreville, Nathaniel Trask, Brad Lee Boyce, and George Em Karniadakis

    Materials informatics can have a profound impact on replacing critical materials to achieve sustainability goals.

    Critical materials are materials that are essential for a broad range of ­modern technologies but subject to supply risks, and for which there are no easy substitutes. The list ...

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    AuthorDiran Apelian, Emily Molstad, Sean Kelly, Subodh Das, Barbara K. Reck, and Alan Luo

    A circular economy for metals is vital to achieving sustainability.

    In the context of materials and earth resources, sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. It is a fact that we entered the twentieth century with 1.6 ...