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Michael L. Free

Deputy Node Lead, Recycling & Recovery

Dr. Free is the Deputy Node Lead for the Recycling & Recovery arm of the REMADE Institute. As an advisor and aid to Node Lead Dr. Eric Peterson, Dr. Free works to ensure research roadmap development and execution aligns with industry needs, and oversees industry partnerships and involvement in Institute research activities. Dr. Free builds on more than 20 years of research with the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah, where he currently serves as a Professor, working to understand and control the properties of and relationships between environment and material in complex metals. Dr. Free’s research has helped him forge connections with many major companies, to whom he lends his expertise in developing new production and recovery technologies for complex and composite materials. This unique background in chemical and physical processing provides critical support to the leadership of the Recycling & Recovery Node.

Dr. Free holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering, an MS in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah.