Breakthrough research: Wastewater from potato processing plants could be used in the recycling of high-tech devices
Potato wastewater could feed bacteria used to recycle high-tech devices
Mines graduate research in biogeochemistry
Evaluating toxicity of new extractants
Identifying REE impacts on wastewater microorganisms
Yoshiko Fujita at Idaho National Laboratory leads the CMI project "Biogeochemical impacts of wastes from critical materials recovery"
This project aims to anticipate some potential environmental risks posed by new technologies/processes developed by CMI projects, in particular the effects on the functions of microbial communities that are critical for biological wastewater treatment and for mitigation of environmental pollution impacts in near surface ecosystems. Results from this project will guide CMI projects in the other focus areas in the selection of processing conditions and reagents that will lessen the potential for negative environmental impacts and higher waste treatment and or disposal costs.