Materials play an essential role in a circular economy. Our current generation of materials is designed with tailored complexity in
mind for a single use or purpose, resulting in a rapid depletion of the world’s natural resources and culminating in a global waste
The transition from a linear to a circular economy requires us to re-examine our thinking around material design and ensure that our next frontier is focused on designing circular materials with extraordinary functionality.
About 80% of the environmental impacts of materials are created as a consequence of the decisions made during their design. So, it stands to reason that this is the area for the most significant opportunity and impact.
Our material design is focused on novel, renewable materials and by-products and our breadth of research across a number of diverse materials and sectors allows us to design materials with industrial symbiosis in mind, where waste from one industry can flow into another industry as a valuable raw material.
Our leading material science and engineering capabilities will focus on re-designing materials for:
- Separation and recovery of critical components to enable recycling
- High-value material transformation to enable re-purposing
- Regeneration to enable re-use
- Prolonged life to enable sharing.