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An NSF Industry / University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC)

The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3) is committed to being the premier cooperative research center focused on sustainable stewardship of the earth’s resources.

Our focus is on helping industry address a pivotal societal need – the need to create a sustainable future. At CR3 you will advance technologies that recover, recycle and reuse materials throughout the manufacturing process. These advancements will help your business reduce energy costs and increase profitability, while protecting our natural resources.


Summer Meeting, June 28-29, 2018, CSM, Golden, CO

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Our Research in the News

  • Mechanical Engineering is talking about our lithium-ion battery research – “New Process Transforms Lithium Battery Recycling.”  Led by Yan Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at WPI, director of the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory, and affiliated faculty member in the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, the research team developed a process that can recover any cathode chemistry, with no battery sorting required. This is a vast improvement over the current approach, which involves sorting the batteries by cathode chemistry to avoid mixing incompatible formulations. Wang’s process saves considerable time and labor, making wide-scale recycling of lithium-ion batteries more feasible and profitable. Read More.
  • Recycling for Automotive Aluminum Tops 90% – “We set out to detail exactly how aluminum is separated and recovered at the end of a vehicle’s service life, and findings show it is highly recyclable and is recovered and reused at very high rates,” says Professor Diran Apelian, founding director of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, the home of the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling. “With an eye toward reducing the nation’s energy consumption, lowering carbon emissions and increasing fuel economy, this study confirms that as aluminum use continues to grow in the automotive sector it also enhances energy security and environmental protections.” Read More.
  • University of Tokyo Becomes CR3s Second International Partner – Read More.

What Members Say

Uwe Habich
Chief Technology Officer

“The benefits of membership are significant.  We network with existing and potentially new customers and suppliers in the field of metals recovery and recycling.  The partner universities provide valuable insight into current research activities, which gives us a broader, technical understanding.  We meet young, high potentials for future job opportunities and we can suggest research projects that benefit our organization.”