NML signs MoU with KIGAM

Jamshedpur, Jan 25 (PTI) The National MetallurgicalLaboratory (NML), a constituent unit of the Council ofScientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today took a majorstep ahead in its research and development on rare metals bysigning a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the KoreaInstitute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).

The MoU signed between NML director S Srikanth andpresident of KIGAM, Ho-Wan chang here today would enhanceexchange of scientific and technical information between thetwo institutions. It will also promote training and exchangevisits of scientists and setting-up of a rare metal centre onNML''s premises in Burmamines, NML sources said.

The MoU will promote collaborative researches between thetwo institutes on extraction of various rare metals likezirconium and palladium for industrial use.

NML director, S Srikanth said that they have been jointlyworking with KIGAM, in the field of waste utilisation andrecovery of valuable metals from secondary sources for morethan five years.

"Recovery of rare metals from secondary sources is acostly affair. The MoU will help in funding the project byKIGAM, an institute sponsored and recognised by the Republicof Korea," Srikanth said adding that now the Korean institutewould help them in recovery of rare metals from mineralresources and integrated technologies for exploration,purification including analysis technologies. PTI BS PVR RG

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