Recycling, Regeneration, and Reusing Energy Materials

How To Apply

Interested in participating in this research project? Contact the professor or graduate student listed below.


Dr. Siamak Farhad, Associate Professor (Department of Mechanical Engineering) |

Project Description

Manufacturing new energy systems such as fuel cells, batteries, wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, and catalytic reactors require materials that may be (1) precious, (2) rare on the earth, (3) not available or easily accessible in the United States, and/or (4) harmful for environment. Therefore, recycling (separation and reusing) energy materials is important. So far, technologies of recycling plastics, papers and some metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, gold, and copper have been matured; however, recycling of energy materials is at its early stage. The objectives of this project are to (1) identify different recycling processes offered by researchers, (2) design a cost-effective recycling facility to separate energy materials, and (3) pick appropriate machines for this facility. The focus will be on metal based materials. The outcome of the project will be the design of a recycling facility that can separate and regenerate energy materials effectively and economically.

Project Dates

Spring 2020, Summer 2020

Search Terms

Advanced Materials, Sustainability, Non-Credit, Non-Funded, STEM