Critical elements are crucial to the development of technology in modern society.
We are using Museum collections to investigate the distribution of critical elements in rocks, developing strategies for the sustainable use of Earth's natural resources. Find out about our projects below.
Prof Richard Herrington
Head of Earth Sciences Department
The Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)20 7942 5528
Read about our focused research programme and the methods we use to study critical elements.
Investigating the natural mineral diversity and formation processes of jadarite.
Exploring the potential for extraction of rare earth elements (REE) in the Goiás province of Brazil.
Studying the behaviour of scandium, an element with huge potential in the aerospace and energy industries.
A project to develop sustainable approaches to the extraction and recovery of E-tech metals.
A collaborative and multidisciplinary project exploring new techniques for cobalt extraction and recovery.
Studying the behaviour of indium, a rare metal, in geological and environmental systems.
A project to promote the sustainable development of neodymium (Nd) and heavy rare earth element (HREE) deposits.
Identifying additional selenium and tellerium resources and developing sustainable extraction processes.
About the researchers, curators and collaborators working on the critical elements project.