Born into a family of doctors in India, Dhananjay Dileep, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, grew up wanting to help fix the world. Today, Dileep is working toward this goal by making the chemical recycling of plastics more commercially viable.
Casey Fangmann, a senior studying industrial engineering at Iowa State University, launched a recycling program on his dorm floor during his freshman year. Four years and thousands of recycled plastic bottles later, Fangmann is now up for two national environmental awards: a $5,000 scholarship from the Udall Foundation and SmartPower’s “America’s Next Eco Star” award. …Continue reading “Iowa State student a finalist for two environmental awards”
Carolyn Heising, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, discusses the benefits of recycling used fuel from power reactors, and why it’s a good idea for our country to consider in a guest column in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. One of the arguments against recycling the waste is a risk of plutonium being more accessible. …Continue reading “Recycling nuclear waste makes sense for energy future”
As renewable energy finally takes off, China, which controls 97% of the global supply of rare earth elements, vital to much renewable technology, has tightened supply. As industry and governments around the world scramble for solutions, the complex process of recycling rare earths has moved into the spotlight. Ben Messenger investigates.Over recent years there has …Continue reading “Gschneidner offers insight to recycling”