Scoping the potential for extracting critical metals from secondary sources

Gabrielle Gaustad

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad is an associate professor at the Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. GIS is a unique research institute offering multi-disciplinary degrees in Sustainability (PhD), Sustainable Systems (MS), and Sustainable Architecture (M.Arch.).  Gaustad teaches core curriculum at GIS in decision analysis, sustainable materials selection, and building and energy metrics.  Prior to RIT, Gaustad worked in the Material Systems Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her PhD in Material Science and MS in Computation for Design and Optimization. Her BS in Ceramic Engineering is from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Gaustad is active in promoting under-represented groups in STEM with involvement in a variety of mentoring programs targeting female and AALANA K-12 students.


Critical metals are essential to the production of many renewable energy and clean technologies. They are found as coatings in thin-film photovoltaics, as magnets in wind turbines, in low-energy consumption lighting like LEDs... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Gabrielle Gaustad (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  2. Ashok Sekar (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  3. Eric Williams (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  4. Vasken Xhaxhollari (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  5. Saptarshi Das (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Circular economy


ThS-22 » Material Flow Applications 2 (13:45 - Thursday, 29th June, Room G)

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