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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.



Lithium-ion batteries are found everywhere. They are in our cell phones, laptops; even in hybrid cars. And with this growth in popularity comes the need to find a responsible way to recycle them.  This is where researchers at CR3 come in.  WPI mechanical engineering professor Yan Wang and one of his CR3 researchers have invented technology that takes spent batteries and identifies what is in the battery that can be reused and what impurities need to be screened out.  To learn more about this breakthrough technology that was first developed in CR3’s lab watch the video

CR3 Fall Meeting
November 9-10, 2022 at WPI


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What Members Say

Joseph Grogan
Director of Research & Development
Gopher Resource

“Gopher Resource is proud to collaborate with world-class universities and industry leaders focused on recycling and sustainability. Membership in CR3 provides Gopher Resource with tailored research projects, technical expertise and industry knowledge sharing that complements our internal research and development practice.”