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Gavin D. J. Harper

Gavin D. J. Harper is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Strategic Elements & Critical Materials, working in the UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for a Circular Economy in Technology Metals. Previously, he was a Faraday Institution research fellow working on the ReLIB Project (recycling and reuse of lithium-ion batteries).
Articles by Gavin D. J. Harper

The Geopolitics of Cobalt

The name “cobalt” comes from the German word kobold, which translates as “goblin” or “evil spirit.” When sixteenth-century miners in Saxony discovered the metal, they thought they had stumbled upon silver, yet it was later revealed that the ores were poor in metals that were known at the time. Upon smelting, the ore (where cobalt…

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