CMI Project 4.3.6 Ecosystem impacts of critical material recovery and processing

The goal of this research is to evaluate newly developed critical material recovery technologies to avoid producing the next contaminant of emerging concern. While collaborating with mining and materials researchers, this project will use a series of ecological toxicity tests to assess potential environmental impacts of new critical material recovery or recycling technologies. The knowledge can be used to identify lower impact critical material processing techniques and/or waste remediation strategies. This project benefits society by providing a basis for understanding how critical material recovery affects the environment and how remediation strategies can aid in the detoxification of processing waste.