Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series | Part 2


Virtual Event



Key Speakers

Junhong Chen, Ph.D.
Jeffrey S. Spangenberger

About the Event

MxD, University of Chicago, and our partner institutions are proud to introduce the Chicago Future Manufacturing Seminar Series. This series will feature invited speakers to discuss cutting-edge research on future manufacturing (e.g., ecomanufacturing and cybermanufacturing) —working in tandem through the NSF-funded MADE-PUBLIC project to establish an intelligent, scalable, and democratized manufacturing paradigm that allows for distributed printing of low-cost, biodegradable, and recyclable electronic devices using locally identifiable resources, such as bio-based materials derived from plants. These electronic devices are critical components in the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT).

This series will not only further MxD’s mission of establishing Chicago as a future manufacturing hub, but it seeks to educate a diverse audience of students and the public on the future of sustainable manufacturing.


Jeffrey S. Spangenberger
Jeff Spangenberger is the Materials Recycling Group Leader in the Applied Materials Division. His group works to solve material separation, recovery, and recycling challenges resulting in cost effective and environmentally sustainable processes resulting in commercialized plants.

Spangenberger and his team have demonstrated the recovery of plastics, metals and materials from numerous waste streams such as auto shredder residue, electronic waste, and furniture at scales ranging from bench to commercial.  He has received four patents related to this effort.

In recent years, his research has expanded into lithium ion battery recycling and is leading Argonne’s advanced battery recycling program to evaluate and advance the cost effective and sustainable recycling of end-of-life batteries.

Spangenberger also leads the ReCell Center, a national collaboration — located at Argonne — of industry, academia and national laboratories working together to advance recycling technologies along the entire battery life-cycle for current and future battery chemistries.

The ReCell Center: Making Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Profitable
Abtract: The ReCell Center, a Department of Energy managed program led by Argonne National Laboratory, is working to develop and demonstrate, battery recycling technologies that improve the economics of responsible end-of-life lithium-ion battery management.  Four focus areas are targeted: direct cathode recycling, recovery of non-cathode materials, design for sustainability, and modeling and analysis.  This presentation will provide a brief summary of ReCell’s work to create a profitable battery recycling system.

Key Speakers

image of <b>Junhong Chen, Ph.D.</b>
Junhong Chen, Ph.D.
Crown Family Professor, Pritzker School of
Molecular Engineering
University of Chicago &
Lead Water Strategist
Argonne National Laboratory
image of <b>Jeffrey S. Spangenberger</b>
Jeffrey S. Spangenberger
Group Leader,
Materials Recycling Applied
Materials Division
Argonne National Laboratory