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
    • Sensing/control
    • Visualisation of resource usage and wastage
    • Industrial symbiosis
  • Circular economy
    • Remanufacturing
    • 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