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Mirkouei Receives IGEM Grant

March 24, 2022

A collaborative project led by Assistant Professor Amin Mirkouei and industry partner Idaho Strategic Resources received a $348K award from the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM). The project, which includes researchers from U of I, Idaho National Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, the state of Idaho and Idaho Strategic Resources, calls for research and development on a new technique for drilling and extracting rare earth elements.

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