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.

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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.
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
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, center, tours a photonics lab at WPI
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, center, tours a WPI lab with Quinsigamond Community College president Luis G. Pedraja and WPI president Laurie Leshin during an event to announce a $4 million state grant to establish a photonics laboratory at WPI.
January 11, 2018
Optical Tweezers
From left, Yao Shen, a master’s candidate in mechanical engineering, professor Yuxiang “Shawn” Liu, and PhD candidate Chaoyang Ti with the apparatus they are using to test their fiber optical tweezers.
December 14, 2017

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