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"Subodh Das has wealth of experience, particularly in the field of Aluminum, has worked on various assignments in the field of aluminum, sustainability, and environment."

Sachin Satpute
Director
Novelis- Korea


"Subodh is extremely knowledgeable about his space and added tremendous value to an aluminum-related transaction we executed at Houlihan Lokey in 2009. Our metals practice would definitely consider hiring Subodh again for diligence support, operations analysis, industry overviews or other expert assistance within the aluminum and light metals industries."

Michael Jenny
Executive Vice President
Houlihan Lokey


"I have known Subodh for several years as he has made several presentations at Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market conferences including events in Chicago, Detroit, and Vienna. He will also be speaking at our International Aluminum Conference in Bahrain. With many years of experience in diverse roles within the global aluminum industry, Subodh is knowledgeable in the several areas of the aluminum process."

Raju Daswani
Managing Director
Metal Bulletin


"SUBODH developed a creative approach to solve the nation's dependence on foreign oil and brought together a group of Fortune 500 CEOs to implement a successful technology advancement effort in the Aluminum production industry. SUBODH brings a rare combination of charisma and deep technical acumen to the field of energy efficiency and technology development. I would partner with SUBODH any time. He is a dynamo!! When I partnered with SUBODH, I was the Department of Energy official leading the nation's efforts to reduce industrial energy consumption by 25%. SUBODH was the major reason that we achieved our goals in the Aluminum industry."

Buddy Garland
Program Manager
US Department of Energy


"Subodh was a driving force behind the Sloan Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry at the University of Kentucky. It was a great pleasure to partner with him on the development of the grant and get the Center off the ground. He has enormous energy and a true passion for his work, is knowledgeable, and exhibited great devotion to his employees. He is a doer and I would gladly work with him again on any project."

Paul Jarley
Dean College of Business
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

October 2013

1.  Phinix, LLC Introduces Nalini S. Mahadevan as General Counsel.
October 25, 2013, Lexington, KY – Nalini Mahadevan has been appointed as General Counsel for Phinix, LLC. Ms. Mahadevan earned her JD from the St. Louis University School of Law and MBA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. She was a partner at Lowenbaum Partnership and a founding partner at Mahadevan Law Office, LLC, both in St. Louis. She has over 10 years of experience in federal law. She is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University School of Law.

Ms. Mahadevan will provide contract and legal services for Phinix including its newest project, “Electrochemical Extraction of High Quality Magnesium from Scrap”, which was recently funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). This new project will research and develop an electrochemical process to extract high-quality magnesium from scrap metal for reuse in manufacturing.

Phinix, LLC provides product, process and recycling research, development and consulting services for light metals (Aluminum, Magnesium and Titanium) and energy and carbon management.


2.  KY Congressman Andy Barr Congratulates Lexington-based Phinix on Winning ARPA-E Project Funding. WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy announced the most recent recipients of funding through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  Among the awardees is Phinix, LLC, a high-tech recycling and energy management company based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Based on the strength of its application, Phinix will receive over $600,000 for the research and development of an electrochemical process to extract high-quality magnesium from scrap metal for reuse in manufacturing, as part of ARPA-E’s brand new METALS program.

Below are more related Press Releases:


August 2013

1.  Celebrating Phinix’s 100th Blog Post. We have been blogging since September 2011 in three broad areas of interest: Aluminum Recycling, Climate Change and Natural Gas.

2.  Dr. Das continues to be a featured blogger at "Aluminium Circle" - globally popular aluminium portal - www.alcircle.com.

Five of his blogs have been published since February 2013:
  1. May 2, 2013 - "The Aluminum Can Wars Begin"
  2. April 16, 2013 - "Preventing Radioactive Materials From Seeping into Recycled Scrap"
  3. March 13, 2013 - "Health-Conscious Americans Hurt Aluminum Can Market"
  4. February 12, 2013 - "Brazil Remains Aluminum Can Recycling Champion"
  5. February 4, 2013 - "Why We Don’t Recycle More Aluminum and Rare Earth Elements"

July 2013

1.  Please see a brochure on Dr. Das' Book "Sustainability Gone Postal".

2.  Please buy and comment on the "Sustainability Gone Postal" book at Amazon.com.

June 2013

1.  Dr. Das was invited to attend “Aluminum Summit “during June 20-21, 2013 in New York City, New York. This conference, signature sponsored by Novelis and attended by over 100 executive from all major global aluminum companies, was organized by the American Metals Market.
The biggest takeaways from this meeting were:
  1. Growing realization among US non-integrated aluminum fabricators that there is a sense of business disconnect between primary aluminum LME prices (along with geographic and grade premiums) and exiting market realities.
  2. Application of aluminum in ground transportation vehicle is talking off - Do we have enough hot mills, rolling and fabrication capacities in US to meet that expected demand.
  3. Export of aluminum scrap must stop to build scrap- based manufacturing capacities in US.

2.  Dr. Das’s book “Sustainability Gone Postal” was featured in Journal of Metals in June 2013 issue. See the attached pages from Journal of Metals.

April 2013

1.  Phinix has published the third edition of the book:” Sustainability Gone Postal” at Amazon.com See the electronic brochure. Please purchase the book and post your comments at that site. A website for the book is under preparation.

March 2013

1.   Dr. Das and Dr. Gesing attended and presented two papers at the annual meeting of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) held at San Antonio, Texas during March 3-7, 2013. It is the world’s largest and most sought after gathering of scientists, engineers and manufacturing professionals engaged in the development of science and technology of light metals such as aluminum, magnesium and titanium. The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition is global forum that attracts more than 4,000 materials science and engineering professionals for an outstanding exchange of technical knowledge that leads to solutions in the workplace and in society. About 50 symposia and 1,800 technical papers were presented. Dr. Das and Dr. Gesing also plan to attend and present several invited papers at 2014 TMS annual meeting to be held during February 16-20 at San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

2.  Dr. Das also attended a short course titled” TITANIUM: HISTORY, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND APPLICATIONS” during Saturday, March 2–Sunday, March 3, 2013, sponsored By TMS Structural Materials Division and instructed by Dr. Sam Froes, University of Idaho (Retired) which was presented in conjunction with the Low Cost Titanium symposium.

February 2013

1.  Phinix LLC Publishes "Sustainability Gone Postal!", a book based on our 15-part blog series inspired by the United States Postal Service.  Phinix LLC is very happy to announce the publication of our new book, "Sustainability Gone Postal!" a short book based on our 15-Part blog series inspired by the United States Postal Service’s "Go Green" Stamp Collection.

This 15-Part volume describes practical, real-life tips for achieving a greener lifestyle. Each colorful chapter offers valuable insights from leading experts in ecology, environmentalism, and energy efficiency. "Sustainability Gone Postal!" addresses 15 current topics. Following the launch of our book, we plan to develop a presentation and lecture materials to broad audiences interested in topics concerning ecology, sustainability, and green living.

To learn more about our book, and order your copy, CLICK HERE
2.  Dr. Das was invited to participate in ARPA-E "Advanced Thermo/ Electrochecmical Metals Extraction (A-TEME)" workshop on January 31, 2013 in Washington DC. Details are provided on this link: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-events/advanced-thermoelectrochecmical-metals-extraction-teme
3.  Dr. Das will be a featured blogger on a very globally popular portal “Aluminum Circle “ – www.alcircle.com. His first blog on February 4, 2013 was titled "Why We Don’t Recycle More Aluminum and Rare Earth Elements". The link is http://blog.alcircle.com/?p=212
4.  Dr. Das attended a short course on “CARBON CAPTURE 101 – A Practical Workshop” during February 4-5, 2013 at Hilton Downtown Lexington Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. The course was organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.
This workshop offered a series of informative technical presentations providing an overview of carbon capture technologies and recent research progress. The audience was primarily power industry engineers, professors, and scientists along with other key stakeholders wanting to become more informed in carbon management issues and recent technical advances. As the global demand for affordable energy continues to increase, electric power producers face a challenging demand to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. In order to lower CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner, implementation of various CCS technologies in coal-fired power plants will be a likely scenario in the next 20 years.

October 2012

1.  Radio Interview "Why We Don't Recycle Aluminum More Rare Earth Elements". Dr. Das was interviewed Live on air by June Stoyer, host of The Clean Energy View Radio Show in New York.

A Quote from their Website: "Everyone is familiar with “reuse, renew and recycle” or some variation thereof. Be that as it may, we are still constantly manufacturing gadgets that use rare earth elements and other products which require aluminum. Recycling seems to be the best solution to cut down cost and environmental impact. It takes twice the amount of time, energy and money to mine new materials than to recycle the old. However, we aren’t cutting back and have a long way to go before we can become truly sustainable. Is this because the demand is too high and we have an abundant supply? What can be done to conserve the resources we have from a global perspective?"

2.   Results of Sustainability Conference Published

In 2008 Dr. Das was invited to attend a conference organized by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society to develop sustainable engineering principals.


September 2012

1.  "MIT Contracts Phinix LLC".  Phinix, LLC signs a research contract with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA to jointly work on the broad areas of recycling. Dr. Adam Gesing, Phinix’s Director of Recycling Programs will be the PI on this project.


August 2012

1.  "Strategy for a Sustainable Industry" - Published by Dr. Subodh Das - Aluminum International Today, July/August 2012.  In a carbon-conscious world, every industry needs to demonstrate it is conducting sustainable practices to secure future business. This article describes five strategies for building a more sustainable aluminum industry..


May 2012

1.   "Research Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving Carbon Neutrality in the Global Aluminum Industry". Dr. Subodh Das was an invited speaker at Kentucky Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) 17th Annual Conference “Aiming Science for Impact” in Lexington on May 17, 2012.

Download the Presentation (PDF)


April 2012

1.   "Aluminum Expert says it’s time to start mining New Jersey". Dr. Subodh Das lectured and was also interviewed by Gifford Pinchot and Hunter Lovins during his participation as Change Agent in Residence (CAIR) at Bainbridge Graduate Institute ( BGI ) on during April 11-15, 2012. Download the Presentation (PDF)

2.   Phinix Newsletter - Spring 2012

March 2012

1.   Dr. Das Delivers a Plenary Presentation at the 2012 TMS Annual Meeting

A follow-up article will be published in the Journal of Metals


February 2012

1.   Dr. Das is credited for his work with the Empower Lexington campaign

Link to the Draft Report Reference: Page 46


2.  "Achieving Carbon Neutrality for the Global Aluminum Industry" – Published by Dr. Subodh Das in Journal of Metals, February 2012 This paper outlines an integrated and quantifiable plan for achieving "carbon neutrality" in the global aluminum industry by advocating five actionable steps: (1) increase use of "green" electrical energy grid by 8%, (2) reduce process energy needs by 16%, (3) deploy 35% of products in "in-use" energy saving applications, (4) divert 6.1 million metric tonnes/year from landfills, and (5) mine 4.5 million metric tonnes/year from aluminum-rich "urban mines."
3.  "Aluminum Recycling in a Carbon Constrained World: Observations and Opportunities" - published by Dr. Subodh Das Journal of Metals, August, 2011 pp, 137-140 This paper presents a framework for achieving substantial progress that integrates key elements of the aluminum recycling landscape: engineering, communication, public policy, and actionable sustainability strategies. Through a coordinated exploration—actively involving every sector of aluminum manufacturing and application—of processes and alternatives offered in this paper , the global aluminum industry could set a reasonable, self-imposed energy/carbon neutrality goal to incrementally increase the supply of recycled aluminum by at least 1.05 pounds for every one pound of incremental production via primary aluminum smelter capacity.

February 2010

1.  "Aluminum Industry and Climate Change-Assessment and Responses" – Published by Dr. Subodh Das and John A.S. Green Journal of Metals, February, 2010 pp, 27-31 It is now possible to assess the impact of the production processes of aluminum on the environment and to describe some of the ongoing responses and opportunities for improvement. This is compared with the benefits of aluminum in transportation, where the growing usage in various forms of transport due to its low density, high strength, and ability to be recycled enables reduced mass, increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and increased safety. It is the purpose of this paper to compare and contrast the emissions generated in the production of aluminum with the benefits accruing from its increased use in transportation.


November 2008

1.   Recycling could save an industry: Engineer hopes to cut discarded Aluminum

- By Tom Eblen
Herald-Leader Columnist

2.   Sustainability a key element in choosing materials: exec

- Dr. Subodh Das, CEO & Founder
Phinix, LLC Lexington, Kentucky, USA
November 07, 2008


June 2005

1.   Pull up a chair and find out why Secat’s Dr. Subodh Das is smiling

- Edward Worden, Special to AMM