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Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling

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Collaborative Research: Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3)  (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Collaborative Research: Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3)  (Colorado School of Mines)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The goal of the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), is to advance recovery and recycling science, engineering, and education.  Working with industry partners, the center is developing technologies to identify and separate valuable materials from waste streams and to enable greater use of process effluents in materials processes.

The I/UCRC is dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of resources.  The founders anticipate a future in which materials sustainability is valued and becomes a critical consideration in the design and manufacture of materials and products. In the future, the efficiency of recovering materials from the waste stream will increase, and recycled scrap will be the preferred source of  materials for materials processes, yielding both energy and cost savings.


Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education.  The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling is developing materials recovery and recycling curricula and providing research experiences for students that will provide a future engineering workforce equipped to address the challenges of cost-effective and profitable materials sustainability.

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Colorado School of Mines
First Solar
GE Global Research
General Motors
Keywell L.L.C.
Molycorp Minerals
Schnitzer Steel Industries
Surface Combustion
Veolia Environmental Services
wTe Corporation


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