WPI's multidisciplinary research in materials science and engineering is motivated by the recognition that the future will depend on the development of new materials (including materials inspired by nature), the innovative use of traditional materials, and the recovery and reuse of materials we now discard. Researchers collaborate across disciplines and with industry partners through such forward-looking enterprises as the Metal Processing Institute, the Integrative Materials Design Center, and the Surface Metrology Laboratory.

Beyond materials, WPI's broad-based research efforts address sustainability issues in energy generation and alternative energy (fuel cells, grid storage, power generation using undersea kites); manufacturing (lean manufacturing, sustainable supply chains, advanced industrial drying); and mobility (the production of liquid transportation fuels from lignocellulosic biomass, advanced batteries for vehicles and battery recycling, sustainable highway infrastructure).

Charging Ahead

Lithium-ion batteries power electronics and electric vehicles, but very few of these ubiquitous energy storage devices are ever recycled due to challenges related to their chemistry. A new company, based on research by WPI mechanical engineer Yan Wang, may be the first to bring a viable recycling technology to market.

Advancing Manufacturing at WPI

New ideas, new technologies, and new talent is required to drive the evolution of manufacturingLearn more about WPI's role in eight of the Manufacturing USA initiatives and its commitment to producing and educating the next generation of talent‎. 

WPI's Metal Processing Institute: A Premiere Industry-University Collaborative

Established 30 years ago, WPI's Metal Processing Institute (MPI) is a leading collaborative effort between nearly 100 industries and WPI. With annual research expenditures approaching $6 million, MPI is home to four centers led by innovative and award-winning faculty and in partnership with industry leaders.

News

WPI professor Danielle Cote (center) leads a WPI research team that will study cold spray 3D printing techniques. alt
WPI professor Danielle Cote (center) leads a WPI research team that will study cold spray 3D printing techniques.
September 10, 2019
Michael Timko alt
With a Fulbright award, Michael Timko, associate professor of chemical engineering, will learn to build a device that will advance his biofuel research.
May 22, 2019
Large lithium-ion battery cells designed to power electric and hybrid vehicles. alt
WPI is an inaugural collaborator in a new Department of Energy center dedicated to research on recycling lithium-ion batteries, like these cells that power electric and hybrid vehicles. The university has developed a groundbreaking recycling process.
February 15, 2019
Diana Lados accepts a plaque noting her election as a fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu, the international professional honor society for materials science and engineering, from ASMu president Joe Newkirk at Materials Science & Technology 2018. alt
Diana Lados accepts a plaque noting her election as a fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu, the international professional honor society for materials science and engineering, from ASMu president Joe Newkirk at Materials Science & Technology 2018.
December 04, 2018
Yan Wang in his lab at WPI with a sample of the cathode materials he is able to produce with his process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. The focus of his work with USABC is electric and hybrid vehicles batteries, like those piled on the lab table. alt
Yan Wang in his lab at WPI with a sample of the cathode materials he is able to produce with his process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. The focus of his work with USABC is electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, like those piled on the lab table.
November 07, 2018
Diran Apelian, WPI’s 2018 Innovator of the Year, is known internationally for his research on metal processing and for founding the Metal Processing Institute. In recent years his research interests have turned to metal recycling and recovery. alt
Diran Apelian, WPI’s 2018 Innovator of the Year, is known internationally for his research on metal processing and for founding the Metal Processing Institute at WPI. In recent years his research interests have turned to resource recycling and recovery.
October 23, 2018

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