Sustainable Industries (Early and Established Career)
Our vision is that manufacturing industries will be able to meet the needs of present sectors/customers without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own manufacturing needs.
This depicts a future where resource usage, resilience and security are transformed and where business models, manufacturing processes and product value/ownership are redefined.
To align with this priority area the proposed research must be set in a manufacturing context. If you are unsure about the alignment of your research please contact EPSRC to discuss.
Possible research topics include but are not limited to:
- Design for sustainability
- Design for durability, for reuse, for material recovery
- Material opportunities: alternate materials/feedstocks
- Bio-based materials (lignocellulose, development of new polymers)
- Using the same material over multiple product lives
- Resource efficient use of materials
- Manufacturing processes: increasing resilience and efficiency e.g.
- Reduced energy or water usage
- Processes that are flexible with respect to feedstock
- Industrial Biotechnology
- Process integration
- Visualisation of resource usage and wastage
- Industrial symbiosis
- Circular economy
- Design for the circular economy
- Evaluation of the performance of products made from recycled / reprocessed materials.
- Recycling of next generation materials
- Modelling and understanding whole systems approaches