Roderick Eggert, Professor, Deputy Director of the Critical Materials Institute, Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics, and Interim Division Director


Contact Info
Office: 115, Engineering Hall
Phone: 303-273-3981
Fax: 303-273-3416
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Critical Materials Institute

PhD, Mineral Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1983
MS, Geochemistry and Mineralogy, The Pennsylvania State University, 1980
BA, Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1978

Courses Taught

  • EBGN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • EBGN 315 Business Strategy
  • EBGN 510  Natural Resource Economics
  • EBGN 515 Economics and Decision Making
  • EBGN 580 Exploration Economics

Research Interests
Areas of Specialization

  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Applied microeconomics

Areas of Application

  • Mineral exploration
  • Mining, minerals, and sustainable development
  • Mineral policy
  • Mineral and metal markets

Recent Publications


American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society, Responding to the U.S. Research Community’s Liquid Helium Crisis (APS, MRS, and ACS, 2017). I was a member of the study committee.

American Physical Society (APS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS), Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies (APS and MRS, 2011).  I was a member of the study committee.

Committee on Critical Mineral Impacts on the U.S. Economy, U.S. National Research Council, Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy (Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2008).  I chaired the study committee.


“Volatility of by-product metal and mineral prices,” Resources Policy, vol 47, March 2016, pp. 69-77.  DOI:10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.12.002.  Co-authored with Michael Redlinger.
“Evaluating the Availability of Gallium, Indium, and Tellurium from Recycled Photovoltaic Modules,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 138, July 2015, pp. 58-71.  DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2015.02.027.  Co-authored with Michael Redlinger and Michael Woodhouse.

“Thorium: Crustal Abundance, Joint Production, and Economic Availability,” Resources Policy, 2015, pp. 81-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.02.002.  Co-authored with Brett W. Jordan, Brent W. Dixon, and Brett W. Carlsen.

“Perspectives on Pathways for Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaic Module Manufacturers to Address Expected Increases in the Price of Tellurium,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 115, August 2013, pp. 199-212.  Co-authored with M. Woodhouse, A. Goodrich, R. Margolis, T. James, R. Dhere, T. Gessert, T. Barnes, and D. Albin.

“Mining, Sustainability, and Sustainable Development,” in Philip Maxwell, editor, Australian Mineral Economics, Monograph 24 (Carlton, Victoria, Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2013).  Updated and revised version of 2006 book.

“Supply-Chain Dynamics of Tellurium, Indium, and Gallium Within the Context of PV Manufacturing Costs,” Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 3, no. 2, April 2013, pp. 833-837.  Co-authored with M. Woodhouse, A. Goodrich, R. Margolis, T.L. James, and M. Lokanc.

“Deep-Sea Mining of Seafloor Massive Sulfides,” Marine Policy, vol. 34, 2010, pp. 728-732.  Co-authored with P. Hoagland, S. Beaulieu, M.A. Tivey, C. German, L. Glowka, and J. Lin.



“Energy-critical elements for sustainable development,” MRS Bulletin, vo. 37, no. 4, April 2012, pp. 405-410.  Co-authored with A. Hurd, R. Kelley, and M. Lee.

“Minerals go critical,” Nature Chemistry, vol. 3, September 2011, pp. 688-691.

“Critical Minerals and Emerging Technologies,” Issues in Science and Technology, vol. XXVI, no. 4, Summer 2010, pp. 49-58.



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