The Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing research group are developing sustainable materials to provide more environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing processes.
This has resulted in some important and high profile projects for a range of applications.
Cleaning Land 4 Wealth (CL4W)
Cleaning land for wealth (CL4W) is an EPSRC-funded and CL:IRE-supported project that aims at developing a combined process of land phyto-remediation, lignocellulosic degradation and production of industrially-useful chemicals and catalysts.
The CL4W is a collaborative project led by the University of Warwick with Edinburgh, Cranfield, Birmingham and Newcastle Universities.
BISIGODOS (High value-added chemicals and bioresins from algae biorefineries produced from CO2 provided by industrial emissions) is an EU FP7-funded project that looks at generating added-value products from algae grown using waste industrial emissions.
It is a collaborative project led by AIMPLAS (Spain) of which the Sustainable Materials group at WMG are one of 13 other partners. Find out more..
WorldFirst Racing F3 Car
The WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car was sponsored by the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC).
The team conceived a project intended to prove to the industry that it is possible to build a competitive racing car using environmentally sustainable components through the use of the latest research outputs.
Electrospinning is a low cost, low energy process which generates polymer nanofibres from solutions and
has been an ever-increasing research area in size since the turn of the millennium.
There is a wide range of potential applications for these nanofibres, from tissue engineering to power
Fibre-reinforced composites (FRCs) are ubiquitous in today's society, in areas such as construction of components for boats, cars and aeroplanes, as well as sports equipment such as tennis racquets and golf clubs.
FRCs are being increasingly used by the automotive, aerospace and wind energy industries due to numerous advantageous properties, including high specific strength and high specific modulus, making them ideal for applications requiring good material properties with low weight.
Wealth Out of Waste (WOW)
The basic aim of this research is to use natural mechanisms to break down natural waste products in order to make useful chemical structures for high value products.
Waste has successfully been broken down into fatty acids which can be used in Soaps and perfumes; Plastics and rubber; Biofuels; Food and oils
Eco One boasts a shell made from hemp, brake pads made from cashew nut shells and
tyres made partly from potato starch.
The concept for the Eco One project was simple: Create a high-performance racing car that had a conscience. The team researched the most technologically advanced sustainable materials
available and then used them wherever possible during construction.
Warwick On Wheels
Warwick on Wheels is an interactive science exhibition funded by EPSRC and developed by the scientists and researchers at the University of Warwick.
The exhibition showcases the very latest in research and innovation from the University of Warwick, featuring impressive displays in 3D technology and sustainability.
The Sunflower Phone
A mobile phone case or cover that when discarded can simply be placed in compost in such a way that just weeks later the case will begin to disintegrate and turn into a flower.
SNAPT Summer School (Sustainability for Niche Applications and High Performance Transport)
The event provided expert tuition and networking opportunities on the subject of sustainable materials and technology, and their use in a variety of transport applications.
Academic experts from a variety of fields were invited to support Warwick staff to explore opportunities and parallels between different industries, helping to expand the potential uses of sustainable materials.