Update on U.S. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy: Critical Minerals and Rare Earth Elements R&D

Recent events have signified the importance of having U.S. domestic supply chains. Were you aware that the United States is import-reliant on critical minerals (CM) and rare earth elements (REE)? Why is this important? CM and REE are found in the technologies we use every day including cell phones, electric vehicles, energy technologies, and even our country’s national defense.

Diversification of sources of CM and REE is a critical component of reestablishing a domestic CM and REE supply chain. To further the goals of Executive Order (EO) 13817: A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is developing the enabling technologies for future commercial facilities specifically designed for CM and REE extraction, beneficiation, processing, separation and metallization.

Carbon ore (coal) is an abundant domestic resource and successes from bench- and small-scale projects are demonstrating the capability for future large-scale pilot projects. Join us to hear about these successful projects and learn about how DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Research and Development is enabling the use of carbon ore, refuse, ash and acid mine drainage for production of CM and REE.


Steve Winberg

Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Paul Ziemkiewicz

Director, Water Research Institute
West Virginia University

Dorin Preda

Group Leader of Material Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.

Kelly Rose

Research Geologist

Thomas Tarka

Research and Innovation Center Technical Portfolio Lead, REE

Traci Rodosta

Program Manager, Critical Minerals and Coal to Products
USDOE Fossil Energy

Rick Honaker

Professor of Mining Engineering
University of Kentucky

Mary Anne Alvin

Technology Manager, Rare Earth Elements and Critical Mineral

Nolan Theaker

Research Engineer
University of North Dakota