Nth Cycle was created to disrupt the electronics and li-ion battery manufacturing and recycling industries by changing their linear material model into a more efficient, circular one. Our mission is to help transition the United States away from their reliance on primary mining and refining of metals overseas, toward the recycling of rare earth and specialty metals (e.g., Co, Nd, and Pr) domestically from (1) the electronics and battery manufacturing processes themselves, and (2) the products at their end-of-life during the recycling process, for reuse in future advanced manufacturing processes. 

Nth Cycle Team


Megan O’Connor, Ph.D.

CEO and CoFounder


Emily Jennings

Mechanical Engineer


Desirée Plata, Ph.D.



Christoph Moore

Chemical Engineer


Chad Vecitis, Ph.D.

CTO and CoFounder


Summer Hatmaker


Nth Cycle’s Summer Interns

Berke Ozdemir
Mechanical Engineer

September 27, 2019

Nth Cycle is awarded $135,000 in funding from the Launch TN SBIR matching fund!

july 19, 2019

Nth Cycle is one of nine companies chosen to pitch for $50,000 at Launch TN’s Entrepreneurial Festival 36/86 on August 29th in Nashville TN!

June 21, 2019

Nth Cycle wins $225,000 from the National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I program to develop their process for Co-Ni recovery from spent Li-ion batteries.

November 13, 2018

Nth Cycle’s CEO, Megan O’Connor, has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30 2019 in Energy!

Read more about it here: https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2019/energy/#170f0f4b10e

August 27, 2018

Nth Cycle's CEO, Megan O'Connor, has been selected as a finalist for Start-Up Day 2018 in Knoxville, TN! Come out and see her pitch at The Mill and Mine on Tuesday September 25th. To learn more, watch her WATE elevator pitch in the link below:



May 9, 2018

Nth Cycle's Co-Founder, Desiree Plata, wins the tech pitch competition at the Yale Innovation Summit, hosted by Yale University in New Haven, CT. 



April 3, 2018

Nth Cycle's CEO, Megan O'Connor, wins a spot in Innovation Crossroads! The program based out of Oak Ridge National Lab helps promising innovators harness the capabilities of ORNL to turn their technologies into viable products and successful businesses.