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CMI Project 3.2.13: Biomaterials for critical material dissolution, recovery and separation

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David Reed at Idaho National Laboratory leads the CMI project "Biomaterials for critical material dissolution, recovery and separation"

This project modifies bacterial strains using state-of-the-art synthetic biology tools and optimizes growth conditions to efficiently utilize agricultural wastes for production of organic acids to optimize leaching of critical elements from a variety of solid end-of-life materials. Furthermore, the project will develop novel biomaterials through cell encapsulation for recovery and separation of rare earth elements via column chromatography.

Related information:

CMI Webinars - several CMI webinars have been offered related to recycling and to this project

Leadership development: Jongqin Jiao

Researchers in this area include the Joseph Cotrovu group at Penn State University: Cotrovo was interviewed for a podcast