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.
Predictive Synthesis Advances in computational materials design allow researchers to rapidly screen both real and hypothetical materials for desirable properties. This phenomenon has led to a bottleneck shift in materials design from the discovery of novel materials to their synthesis.
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.