Lead Mentor:  Dr. Wojtek Misiolek and Nicholas Rockwell, Materials Science and Engineering

Project Description:

The Philippines has a rapidly-growing population of over 114 million people. The demand for products and infrastructure is continuously increasing, resulting in a substantial consumption of raw materials, including metals. Unfortunately, the recycling rate for metals in the Philippines is strikingly low, with just around 5% of metal waste being effectively recycled. This inefficiency contributes to the depletion of natural resources and also exacerbates environmental problems, including increased waste disposal and the release of harmful pollutants into the ecosystem. Furthermore, informal and unregulated recycling practices are prevalent in many areas, posing health risks to workers and surrounding communities. 

This project aims to understand metal recycling processes and priorities in the metro Manila area with the ultimate goal of developing more sustainable practices for product design, manufacturing, and metal recycling. By identifying feasible concepts, researching novel applications, and maintaining the physical properties of recycled metals, this team will build on the Loewy Institute’s expertise to reduce the strain on natural resources and mitigate the environmental impact of metal waste. We invite students with backgrounds in materials science, design, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, architecture, and civil engineering to join us in this research-driven journey towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible Philippines.