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Unearthing Circularity: Redefining the Critical Mineral Lifecycle
Thursday, November 9, 11:30am - 1:00 pm

Join for a fireside chat and lunch at the JB Duke Hotel with David Klanecky, CEO of Cirba Solutions, a leading battery recycling company. Come learn about the challenges associated with clean energy development and the opportunities to make the transition more sustainable and equitable through innovative circularity processes. Lunch will be served. Open to all.

About the Event

Are you interested in learning about challenges associated with the life cycle of minerals that are critical components of the clean energy transition? 

Duke students and faculty are invited to join a "lunch and learn" discussion with David Klanecky, CEO of Cirba Solutions, and Brian Murray, interim director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. Klanecky and Murray will discuss issues surrounding the critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. Attendees will gain new perspectives on the challenges associated with clean energy development and learn about the opportunities to make the transition more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and equitable through innovative circularity processes and ethical supply chains. There will be ample opportunities for questions and discussion. Lunch will be provided. 

This event is in-person and limited capacity, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is part of the eighth annual Energy Week at Duke (Nov. 6-10), organized by dozens of students from degree programs across Duke. 


Featured Speakers: 

David Klanecky is president and chief executive officer of Cirba Solutions. His career includes more than 25 years in research and development, operations, commercial, and strategic leadership roles across numerous innovative industries, including the global lithium business, energy storage, and several specialty materials industries. While working at Piedmont LithiumAlbemarle, and Dow Chemical, he had expansive assignments in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and China, that brought out his passion for travel and culture. He is a Chemical Engineer with an Executive MBA in Global Management, and focuses on safety, operations, talent development, and innovation. 


Brian Murray is the interim director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University. He is also a faculty member at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy. Murray previously directed the Energy Initiative at Duke and served for eleven years as director of the environmental economics program at the Nicholas Institute. Murray is widely recognized for his work on the economics of energy policy, particularly as it relates to efforts to mitigate climate change risk.

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