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Rupert Myers

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Current opportunities: PhD studentship - Transforming the sustainability of construction through a holistic multiscale modelling framework (self funded - see scholarships/funding opportunities below) PhD studentship - Foundational models for sustainable development: a unified systems analysis approach (fully funded for UK/EU applicants) PhD studentship - Materials and energy requirements for sustainable development (self funded - see scholarships/funding opportunities below)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sheffield
Thermodynamic Modelling of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-Based Cements
Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne


Dr. Rupert J. Myers is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering: Industrial Ecology in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Sheffield, is a chemical engineer by training, and has several years of international research and consulting experience across industry, world leading academic institutions, and government. His research is highly transdisciplinary, having worked in chemical, civil, environmental, and materials engineering departments, in materials science laboratories, and also in a school of forestry & environmental studies.

Academic background:
B.Eng.(Hons.) (Chem. Eng.), University of Melbourne (2011, Australia)
B.Sc. (Math. & Stat.), University of Melbourne (2011, Australia)
Ph.D. (Mater. Sci. & Eng.), University of Sheffield (2015, UK)
Postdoctoral research scholar (Civil & Environ. Eng.), University of California at Berkeley (2015-2016, USA)
Postdoctoral research scholar (Center for Industrial Ecology/Forest. & Environ. Sci.), Yale University (2016-2017, USA)

Research Interests

My mission is to improve the sustainability and well-being of society. To do this, I couple models of whole systems with individual materials and process technologies at relevant levels of complexity (temporal, spatial, technical), aiming to drive research and practice. This transdisciplinary approach integrates a holistic industrial ecology perspective with significant materials and chemical engineering, modelling, and experimental expertise. Questions and themes that I am interested in include: How can we efficiently use available resources while also reducing life cycle environmental impacts, valorise more wastes more effectively, and meet the material requirements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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Key research topics: 
Industrial ecology – material efficiency, criticality, scenarios, recycling, substitution
Materials science and characterisation – cements and related materials, geochemical/thermodynamic modelling, synchrotron characterisation, waste valorisation
Open science – open science, databases, modelling

Positions available

Available to supervise Ph.D. students?

Yes - always keen to hear from and support outstanding prospective students that are passionate about sustainability, science, and engineering (send me an expression of interest by email with your CV attached). Check for scholarships/funding opportunities here. Prospective students should apply to the University of Edinburgh's Engineering PhD programme here. More information about postgraduate/PhD research at the University of Edinburgh is available here.

Available to mentor postdoctoral researchers?
Yes - also happy to support fellowship applications from outstanding researchers, e.g., EPSRCNERCRAEngMC-IFCSCLeverhulme Trust, etc.

Available to host visiting researchers?
Yes - and also interested in exchanges.

Other enquiries?
Sure - just send me an email.

And last but not least - join the International Society for Industrial Ecology!

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