In the world, we use 100,000 aluminum cans every 30 seconds… Only 50% are recycled.
The goal of this research is to employ a systems perspective to strengthen decision-makers’ ability to predict the impacts of corporate and governmental policy in the materials substitution and recycling arenas.
This work centers on assessing the environmental and economic impact of materials and processes as early in their development as possible. We leverage information along the trajectory from lab bench synthesis to prototype processing to final scaled manufacturing.
The increased use of secondary (i.e., recycled) and renewable resources will likely be key in achieving sustainable materials use. Unfortunately, these strategies share a common barrier to economical implementation – increased quality variation compared to their primary and synthetic counterparts.