About the Project
We work with manufacturers and end-users to address the exponentially growing problems such as plastic PPE waste (worsened by COVID), addressing consumer needs, to find fit for purpose more sustainable alternatives from renewable resources. Life cycle-based thinking is put into action with the prototyping of new products using 3D printing which are then tested and trialled on the larger scale at manufacturing sites around the world with industrial collaborators. Other sectors include aerospace materials (carbon fibre composite end of life modelling and sustainable natural composites).
You will be assigned a product(s) or process to troubleshoot by Life Cycle and Sustainability Assessment methods to ISO standards (industry recognised methods) and work with industry to reveal threats and opportunities regards the sustainability of their products/process.
Real solutions will be generated by the student, with the ultimate goal of changing business practice under the auspices of ISO14001 and regulatory compliance (e.g. ELV and WEEE directives) from the business perspective, whilst contributing towards the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
NOTE: Specific products/processes are not named/described for proprietary reasons. These projects are ideal for those wishing to break out into environmental and engineering consultancy. These projects are not funded and you would be applying on a self-funded basis. Part-time PhD study applicants are also welcome.
Please include details in your CV and statement of your level of LCA experience and practical laboratory skills (e.g. 3D printing, materials processing)
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