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Mitch L Rencheck

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Mitchell Rencheck received his B.S. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University in 2016 and his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University in 2020. During his graduate work, Dr. Rencheck focused primarily on polymer and composites mechanics utilizing mechano-responsive molecules to visualize local stress concentrations during mechanical testing. Afterward, he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as a postdoctoral research associate working in the sustainable manufacturing technologies group at the manufacturing demonstration facility (MDF). At ORNL, Dr. Rencheck is currently leading MDF’s wind blade circularity portfolio where he co-develops novel, bio-based, multi-functional composites as well as demonstrates the recyclability and manufacturability for the wind industry. He researches state-of-the art methods and strategies for net zero manufacturing of thermoset and thermoplastic composites at end of service and determines mechanisms for changes in properties based upon recycling pathways. Currently, he is focused on designing products for recyclability and sustainability utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques available at the MDF and with industry partners.