Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $749,980 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The project is titled “Aluminum Critical Mineral Production via Landfill Mining: Environmental, community, and technical feasibility for integrated multi-material resource recovery.”
Aluminum Critical Mineral Production via Landfill Mining: Environmental, Community, and Technical Feasibility for Integrated Multi-Material Resource Recovery — Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan) plans to utilize a multidisciplinary team of engineers (mineral processing, metallurgy, and environmental) and social scientists to investigate if site selection is key to assessing the technical and economic feasibility of landfill mining for materials. Social science analysis of the landfill history/contents and community will be key to selecting a landfill pilot with a high probability of being viable economically, environmentally, and within the community.
DOE Funding: $ 749,980