My research pursuits at Northeastern University, funded initially by a National
Science Foundation CAREER Award, have focused on environmental and economic issues in
advanced materials processing. This is my continued research focus within the CHN - to
review the Life Cycle Assessment of the various processes under development and to assess
any alternatives to find a more environmentally benign process or product. This work was
initiated with an NSF grant (NER) grant to explore and compare process alternatives for
the manufacture of carbon nanotubes. The issues related to these types of investigations
in the auto industry are discussed in an article in the Northeastern University Magazine.
This field of research has evolved to be called "Environmentally Benign Design and
Manufacturing". Research interests in powder metallurgy have connected me with
efforts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where in 1997 I became an adjunct in
the Metals Processing Institute (MPI).
Recycling (Waste (etc.))
As the use of personal computers (PCs) increases, their short life cycle and the fact...