Rare Earth Strategies for Technological Leadership

With rare earth being categorized as elements of strategic importance by many countries including China, USA and Japan due to its special chemical and physical importance in hi-tech industries, concern is rising on controls to access and its impact on a country's capacity for technological innovation.  Australia emergence of a REE mining industry and soon to be REO producer status is changing the dynamics of leadership in these highly sought materials that are essential to producing our lifestyle gadgets. Listed clockwise from top center are praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium. These are some of the sought after rare-earth oxides essential in producing many of the electronic appendages that we have come to rely on in our busy lives.