Welcome to the Center for Critical Minerals

The Center for Critical Minerals (C2M) combines Penn State's expertise across several colleges in partnership with industrial partners to develop the fundamental science and technology needed to harness domestic mineral sources. The center builds on Penn State's established interdisciplinary capabilities to make the University the premier technical and research support partner for companies developing commercial critical materials projects.

The Center for Critical Minerals (C2M) works to mitigate risk posed to the United States' dependency on raw and semi-finished materials for advanced manufacturing. In 2017, the U.S. produced an estimated $75.2 billion of nonfuel materials. Those base materials were used in energy, medical, and defense applications along with consumer electronics. However, in production of those goods, the U.S. was completely dependent on imports of twenty-one out of the fifty nonfuel commodities. That dependency poses a national security and economic risk if the U.S. does not develop methods and technologies to create its own supply of critical materials.

Contact  Us

Sarma V. Pisupati
Director of Center for Critical Minerals
126B Hosler Building
Tel: 1-814-865-0874


Rezaee named outstanding young engineer
- September 10, 2020

Penn State launches Center for Critical Minerals
- Energy Innovation, Spring 2020

Just Out

Precipitation of rare earth elements from acid mine drainage by CO2 mineralization process - July 8, 2020

Rare Earth Element Resources - July 8, 2020

Using Yttrium as an Indicator to Estimate Total Rare Earth Element Concentration: A Case Study on the Rare Earth Element and Yttrium Distribution - 2020