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Ohio State licenses aluminum recycling technology to Audubon Metals

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 7th, 2023

Audubon Metals and Ohio State University (OSU) have signed a license agreement to commercialize a technology that could increase the use of recycled aluminum alloys.

Developed by OSU professor Alan Luo and his research team, the technology neutralizes iron contamination found in aluminum scrap, making it suitable for die-casting in automotive production. Compared to mined aluminum, secondary aluminum alloys such as scrap are up to 50% less expensive and use a fraction of the energy to produce.

“This technology that we developed will have a positive impact on the manufacturing industry and our environment, so we call it a green alloy,” Luo says. “It is exciting to see the technology we developed in the lab go to the marketplace.”

Brain Hawkes, president and CEO of Audubon Metals, comments, “In partnership with Ohio State, we will create new recycled aluminum alloys for lightweight part applications while we also promote sustainability. We have a lot of new opportunities to use this new die-cast equipment, and we are excited to be working with such impressive associates at Ohio State.”

Source: Recycling Today

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