On the Cusp: Dysprosium
We are pleased to announce the imminent release of our 1 troy ounce dysprosium ingots. Discovered in Paris in 1886 by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran and named for the Greek translation of dysprositos which means "hard to get", techniques to purify dysprosium were not refined until the 1950s after ion exchange techniques were developed. About 100 tonnes of dysprosium is produced worldwide annually with 99% of this coming from China. It has many industrial uses, many of which are are in emerging clean energy technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy has predicted a shortage of this rare earth metal as early as this year. Own what's rare.