Critical Minerals and Materials for Advanced Energy (CM2AE) Tech Hub

*2023 Tech Hubs Designee and Strategy Development Grant Recipient

Lead Agency: University of Missouri Systems

State Served: Missouri

Applicant-Defined Region: Farmington; Rolla; and West Plains μSAs; Carter; Crawford; Dent; Iron; Madison; Oregon; Reynolds; Shannone; St. Genevieve; Texas and Washington Counties

Core Technology Area: critical mineral processing

Contact: Kwame Awuah-Offei (

The Critical Minerals and Materials for Advanced Energy (CM2AE) Tech Hub, led by the University of Missouri System, aims to position south-central Missouri as a global leader in critical minerals processing to provide the materials needed to support battery technology. This Tech Hub will build on the region’s mineral rich geography, expertise in hydrometallurgical refining, and existing assets to increase processing capacity to convert minerals into materials necessary for advanced energy and critical goods, including lithium-ion and primary-lead-acid batteries. In doing so, CM2AE seeks to meet the demand of U.S. advanced energy manufacturers and reduce dependence on foreign critical minerals while creating thousands of good paying jobs.

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