To support research, education, and outreach in all disciplines related to sustainable iron and steel production.
The Center for Advanced Sustainable Iron and Steel Making investigates and develops novel, advanced methods for producing the 130 million tons of iron and steel needed annually by the US in a sustainable, environmentally-acceptable manner.
Although primary iron manufacture is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, research in this area is very limited. Yet, we find that the industry is still largely based on outdated technologies (oftentimes, more than a century old), and as a result many of the current practices are highly polluting and unsustainable. There is tremendous room for improvement, but only if completely new paradigms are developed for metals reduction that are not based on the unsustainable, polluting, energy-inefficient methods of the past.