CMI Acid-Free Recycling Project Wins Two R&D 100 Awards

image collage Ikenna Nlebedim and Denis Prodius, acid-free recycling, R&D 100 awardsOne of the most recognized, established brands in innovation recognitions is the R&D 100 Award and its related R&D 100 Conference, providing best practice sharing and insights into technology transfer and innovation management. The R&D 100 Award is a 56-year-old program that recognizes the most promising products, processes, materials, and software developed around the world and introduced to the market in the previous year. Awardees are selected based on each R&D achievement’s technical significance, uniqueness, and utility compared to competing technologies or alternatives.
During its first five years of operation, the Critical Materials Institute was very proud to have won two R&D 100 Awards for “ACE – The Ageless Aluminum Revolution” (novel aluminum-cerium alloys) and “Additively Printed High Performance Magnets.” At the start of our sixth year, CMI was thrilled to have had two significant technologies nominated for this year’s R&D 100 Awards: “Electrochemically Recycling Electronic Constituents of Value (eRECOV),” developed at Idaho National Laboratory, and “Acid-free Dissolution Recycling of Rare Earth Elements and Cobalt,” developed at Ames Laboratory. These nominations are a testament to the ingenuity, creativity, vision, and teamwork of the CMI team.
At the R&D 100 award ceremony on November 17, R&D 100 announced two separate awards for Ames Laboratory’s “Acid-free Dissolution Recycling of Rare Earth Elements and Cobalt” – the R&D 100 award and special recognition for outstanding environmental innovation. Congratulations to Ames Laboratory researchers Drs. Ikenna Nlebedim and Denis Prodius for their achievements, and to the CMI partners who contributed to this project! This technology is available for licensing from the Iowa State University Research Foundation.