JCDREAM

The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) was established by the Legislature in 2015 as a research collaborative between Washington State University, University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to address the nation's dependence on high-cost, rare-earth materials. These materials are commonly found in technologies such as cell phones, laptops, batteries, catalysts and solar panesl. The transportation industry also relies on these materials for structural components.

These materials are typically difficult to obtain, foreighn sourced from countries with little or no environmental regulation and at risk of supply disruption. Utilization of recycled or alternative materials that are more abundant could reduce dependence on these rare materials from developing countries. 

JCDREAM is positioned to become a national leader in this space by convening researchers and industry innovators to leverage existing research strengths for the development and commercialization of next-generation technologies to promote energy security.