Living Filter Design for High-throughput, Low-cost Recovery of Critical Materials

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Medford, Massachusetts
Project Term:
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022

Technology Description:

Tufts University will develop “living filter” technology to continuously recover and sort critical materials from electronic waste (E-waste) streams. The goal is improved throughput, specificity, facile recovery/re-utilization, and reduced material/energy consumption. The team aims to develop genetically-encoded bio-membranes capable of specific material enrichment that is environmentally safe. In addition, it will develop microorganism-encapsulated 3D matrices to continuously reduce and collect noble metals. The technology is expected to accelerate the application of biologically enabled materials recovery and improve resource and manufacturing efficiency.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Douglas Wicks
Project Contact:
Dr. David Kaplan
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