Alagha receives $875,000 from Rio Tinto for critical minerals research

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On May 7, 2024

Dr. Lana Alagha in her lab.

Dr. Lana Alagha conducts research in a Missouri S&T mineral processing laboratory. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

Dr. Lana Alagha, a Robert H. Quenon Associate Professor of Mining Engineering, has been awarded $875,000 from Rio Tinto, a global mining group, for a two-year project researching new techniques to recover critical minerals in the waste byproducts that come from extracting and refining copper. 
Alagha and one of her former Ph.D. students, Dr. Mostafa Khodakarami, were recently awarded patents for these chemicals, which Alagha says will work well due to their ability to effectively separate specific components from the materials. 

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