Principal Investigator

Asst. Prof. Dr. Lucas Donny Setijadji
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia

ASEAN Co-Investigator

-

Japanese Co-Investigator

Prof. Dr. Koichiro WATANABE
Kyushu University

Awarded year

2011

Program

Collaborative Research Program with Industry (CRI)

Field

Geological and Geo-Resource Engineering

Abstract

Many recent news claim that there is huge shortage in the global rare earth elements (REE) supply that is potentially devastating the industries of western nations that depend on these materials. Many industries, including critical “green” technologies depend on them, such as wind turbines, low-energy light bulbs and hybrid car batteries depend on REE such as terbium, lanthanum and neodymium. The main driving factor for global supply shortage is from the fact that more than 95% of the world’s supply comes from deposits in China, and recently China plans to stop their export of these strategic commodities to other countries by year 2012. If it happens, the industrialized countries especially Japan will be crippled by the collapse of high-tech manufactures that rely on the REE. This research has purpose to discover new REE deposit source potentials in SE Asia countries, with current emphasize from the Indonesia’s Archipelago especially the Kalimantan island. Kalimantan island holds potency for REE mineralization based on the fact that tin-bearing S-type granites and lateritic bauxite belt are present in the western parts of this island. These two deposits are known to be associated with REE enrichment, either as REE-bearing heavy minerals such as monazite and xenotime, as well as ion-adsorption REE within weathering crust of granites.

Project at glance

-