Mary Case, Ph.D.
Biography: Dr. Mary Ellen Case is a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory studying the metallization of rare earth elements. She earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Idaho, where she studied the solvent extraction of rare earth elements from end-of-life products. She has experience in traditional and non-traditional solvent extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, metal complexation reactions, and biodiesel production. She holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Boise State University, with a minor in environmental sciences. In 2018 she participated in a Critical Materials Institute student exchange to foster collaboration between INL and Colorado School of Mines.
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Idaho
TALISMAN Summer School, Actinide Chemistry for Future Fuel Cycle
B.S., Chemistry, Minor in Environmental Sciences, Boise State University
UNLV Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School
Case, M.; Fox, R.; Baek, D.; Wai, C. Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Chloride Media with Tetrabutyl Diglycolamide in 1-Octanol Modified Carbon Dioxide. Metals. 2019. 9(4), 429.
Wilden, A.; Mincher, B. J.; Mezyk, S. P.; Twight, L.; Rosciolo-Johnson, K. M.; Zarzana, C. A.; Case, M. E.; Hupert, M.; Stark, A.; Modolo, G. Radiolytic and Hydrolytic Degradation of the Hydrophilic Diglycolamides. Solv. Extr. Ion. Exch. 2018, 1-13.
Case, M. E.; Fox, R. V.; Baek, D. L.; Mincher, B. J.; Wai C. M. Extraction behavior of selected rare earth metals from acidic chloride media using tetrabutyl diglycolamide. Solv. Extr. Ion. Exch. 2017, 35:7, 495-506.
Mincher, B. K.; Wai, C. M.; Fox, R. V.; Baek, D. L.; Yen, C.; Case, M. E. The separation of lanthanides and actinides in supercritical fluid carbon dioxide. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 2016, 307(3), 2543-2547.
Baek, D.L.; Fox, R.V.; Case, M.E.; Sinclair, L.K.; Schmidt, A.B.; McIlwain, P.R.; Mincher, B.J.; and Wai, C.M. Extraction of Rare Earth Oxides Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Modified with Tri-n-Butyl Phosphate–Nitric Acid Adducts. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2016, 55, 7154-7163.
Mincher, M.E.; Quach, D.L.; Liao, Y.J.; Mincher, B.J.; Wai, C.M. The partitioning of americium and the lanthanides using tetrabutyldiglycolamide (TBDGA) in octanol and in ionic liquid solution. Solv Extr Ion Exch. 2012, 30, 735-747.
Mincher, B.J.; Schmitt, N.C.; Case M.E. A TRUEX-based americium/lanthanide separation. Solv. Extr. Ion. Exch. 2011, 29, 247-259.
Mary. E. Case. Electrochemical Production of Rare Earth Metals using Room Temperature Ionic Liquids. Oral Presentation at ACS Spring 2019 Spring Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019.
Mary E. Case. et al. Recovery of REEs from Hard Drive Magnets using Carbon Dioxide: Minimizing Contaminants. Poster at Critical Materials Institute Winter Meeting, Golden, CO, 2018.
Mary E. Case. et al. Extraction of REEs from NIB Magnets from Aqueous Chloride Matrices with TBDGA in 1-Octanol and Liquid CO2. Poster at Critical Materials Institute Annual Meeting, Livermore, ID, 2017.
Mary E. Case. et al. Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Aqueous Chloride Matrices with TBDGA. Poster at Critical Materials Institute Winter Meeting, Golden, CO, 2017.
Mary E. Case, et al. Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Aqueous Acidic Matrices. Poster at Critical Materials Institute Annual Meeting, Oak Ridge, TN, 2016.
Mary E. Case, et al. Extraction of selected lanthanides from aqueous hydrochloric acid media using N,N,N’,N’,-tetrabutyl-3-oxy-diglycolamide (TBDGA) in octanol and TBDGA in supercritical fluid carbon dioxide. Oral Presentation at The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, HI, 2015.
Mary E. Case, et al. Lanthanide extraction in chloride media using N,N,N’,N’,-tetrabutyl-3-oxy-diglycolamide (TBDGA). Oral Presentation at ACS Northwest Regional Meeting, Pocatello, ID, 2015.