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EPSRC Reference: EP/E007252/1
Title: Sustainable Materials - A Global Challenge
Principal Investigator: Kirwan, Professor KE
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Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 10 October 2006 Ends: 09 April 2012 Value (£): 1,067,483
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioprocess Engineering Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing Sustainable Energy Networks
Waste Minimisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Environment
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
27 Mar 2006 Challenging Engineering Sift Panel Meeting(ENG) Deferred
Summary on Grant Application Form
There is an increasing political and social demand for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society. As a result of this, legislation is emerging that will affect the way in which products and processes are developed, manufactured and disposed of at the end of their useful lives. This legislation is stimulating the search for alternative crop-based materials, which are more environmentally friendly and can be disposed of more easily and cheaply than traditionally utilised materials.Significant amounts of research are being undertaken throughout Europe, aiming to improve the performance and viability of more easily disposed of environmentally friendly materials so that they may replace more traditional systems. However a recent ESF workshop (ENVIROCOMP), led the applicant, has highlighted that this work is being hampered by a lack of coordination between research groups and supporting disciplines. It was also found that there existed a general lack of consumer and industry education and no coherent strategy from European governments, which has inhibited the adoption of the more environmentally friendly alternatives. This proposed research programme will create a multi-disciplinary research team that will innovate at the interfaces of traditional scientific and engineering disciplines and conduct adventurous research that provides a route to real solutions to real problems, with government, industrial and consumer support being evident from the outset, and create new opportunities for growers, manufacturers and society to benefit.These aims will be achieved via a number of novel approaches that promote the diffusion of personnel across traditional academic borders, engage the general public and key decision makers in the development of science from the outset, promote national and international communication (networking), coordination, education and dissemination of best practice, whilst facilitating the future creation of multi-disciplinary, transnational research groups for the development, application and promotion of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials for long-term environmental, financial and social benefit. This programme will also show how successful outcomes can be achieved by drawing together traditionally exclusive areas of research, whilst educating and supporting a range of researchers and students that will go on to provide tomorrow's multidisciplinary scientists and engineers.
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