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Thursday, March 09, 2017

OSU-Tulsa part of DOE-funded research into recycling materials for manufacturing


Dr. Raman Singh, right, discusses his carpet recycling research with graduate student researcher Abhishek Jain in 2012.

Students and faculty in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa are participating in a nationwide U.S. Department of Energy research initiative to drive down the cost of recycling and reusing materials, including metals, fibers and polymers, in manufacturing.

OSU-Tulsa is one of 25 U.S. universities that will conduct research as part of the project, along with national laboratories, industry and affiliate members. OSU-Tulsa students and faculty will renew past research in carpet material recycling as part of the initiative.

Dr. Raman Singh, OSU associate dean for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and Helmerich Research Center director, and Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will work with OSU chemistry professors Dr. Jay Hanan and Dr. Jeff White on the research.

The DOE recently announced the creation of the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York and led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. The goal is to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.

The REMADE Institute will garner up to $70 million in federal funding that will be matched by up to $70 million in private cost-share commitments. To learn more, visit the DOE website.

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