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Material Separation and Recovery from Waste Streams

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Friday, October 19, 2018 1 pm to 2 pm

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Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar Series

Jeffrey Spangenberger
Argonne National Laboratory

Abstract: Energy is critical to our country, yet we throw so many materials away that contain embodied energy.  Recycling materials into new products generally requires less energy than using virgin materials and reduces the use of our natural resources.  The embodied energy content in the plastics of our junked automobiles alone has the potential to provide enough energy to power the country for an entire day.  This presentation will provide a brief introduction to Argonne National Laboratory and its work on separation and recovery of various materials for recycling.  Waste streams such as auto shredder residue and e-waste will be discussed, as well as a relatively new waste stream, lithium ion batteries. 

Bio: Jeff Spangenberger is the Materials Recycling Group Leader in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  His group works to solve material separation, recovery and recycling challenges resulting in cost effective and environmentally sustainable processes resulting in commercialized plants.

Spangenberger and his team have demonstrated the recovery of plastics, metals and materials from numerous waste streams such as auto shredder residue, electronic waste, and furniture at scales ranging from bench to commercial.  He has received four patents related to this effort.  

In recent years, his research has expanded into lithium ion battery recycling and is leading Argonne’s advanced battery recycling program to evaluate and advance the cost effective and sustainable recycling of end-of-life batteries.

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