Cranfield University

Professor Mark Jolly

Director of TransFIRe and the Manufacturing Theme at Cranfield. He is Professor of Manufacturing at Cranfield University which comprises about 120 staff (~55 FTE academics), some 200 FTE MSc students and more than 120 PhD/EngD Researchers with a turnover of about £16 M p.a. funded by EPSRC, EU, TSB and industry.

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Professor Konstantinos Salonitis

Deputy Director of TransFIRe and Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre and the Deputy Director of the Manufacturing Theme at Cranfield. Professor Konstantions Salonitis is a visiting professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) and Jiangsu University.

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Dr Sanjooram Paddea

Sanjoo is the business development & hub manager for TransFIRe at Cranfield University. Working very closely with the co-investigators and hub partners, he is responsible for the overall delivery of TransFIRe to time and budget and attracting new partners.

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Dr Shoaib Sarfraz

Shoaib Sarfraz is a Research Fellow in Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and a PhD in Manufacturing.

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Bangor University

Dr Graham Ormondroyd

Graham completed his PhD (Wood Science) at Bangor University, UK and has been the Head of Materials Research at the BioComposites Centre for 8 years. In that time he has written may proposals, papers and undertaken commercial works in all aspects of biomaterials science.

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Dr Simon Curling

Simon is a senior research scientist at the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University in North Wales, having previously worked at Edinburgh Napier University, the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Wisconsin USA and at Imperial College in London.  He has over 20 years of research experience…

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British Geological Survey

Clive Mitchell

Clive is a senior Industrial Minerals Geologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS, where he has been since 1989), a highly engaging geoscience communicator and the bestselling author of ‘The Pebble Spotter’s Guide’ (published by the National Trust). 

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Dr Evi Petavratzi

Evi is a Senior Mineral Commodity Expert at the British Geological Survey (BGS) with over 13 years of working experience in industry, academia and the public sector. At BGS, her research is in the field of security of supply and the circular economy…

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Tom Bide

Tom is a senior scientist at The British Geological Survey, where he has worked within the minerals team since 2006. He specialises in construction and industrial minerals and how to reduce the impact of extraction and consumption.

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Cardiff University

Professor Rossi Setchi

Rossi is Professor in High-Value Manufacturing and the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Centre in AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS) at Cardiff, which currently involves over 55 academics…

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Professor Sam Evans

Sam Evans joined the School in 1996 from the University of Southampton.  His research interests are varied and cover various aspects of the deformation and failure of materials, with a particular interest in mechanics of soft materials and nanocomposites.

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Dr Masoud Ahmadinia

Masoud recently completed his PhD at Coventry University. His research focused on tackling global warming through CO2 storage, which is part of the immediate carbon capture and storage concept of reducing emissions.

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Durham University

Professor Sue Black

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

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Jo Stansfield

Engineer turned business psychologist, specialising in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Jo is working as Senior EDI Project Manager on our EDI strategy and its implementation.

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Ciel Newton

Ciel (pronounced – CL) is the TransFIRe EDI Project Manager. Mentor and an EDI advocate who championed, supported and advocated for marginalised stakeholders, social mobility and age-inclusion.

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Michael Thakoordin

Mike is the ED&I Post-Doctoral Research Associate. He is a professional engineer who has gone on to develop an interest in Inclusion and Wellbeing.

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Northumbria University Newcastle

Professor Justin Perry

Justin is Professor of Chemistry and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University. His research interests include the development of new scalable chemical processes…

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Dr Matt Unthank

Matt is an Associate Professor Polymer Chemistry at Northumbria University and has extensive experience in the development and scale-up of industrial chemical and polymerisation processes, established though industrial leaderships roles across…

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Bradley Thomas

Bradley is a PhD student at Northumbria University, working within TransFIRe in chemistry, seeking to develop novel polymeric/composite materials from waste streams across the foundation industries. After obtaining an MChem at the University of Plymouth in 2018, …

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Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Paul Bingham

Prof. Paul A. Bingham is Professor of Glasses and Ceramics at Sheffield Hallam University. He works closely with multiple foundation industries, including glass and ceramics, to help reduce their energy use, CO2 emissions and environmental impact.

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Dr. Wei Deng

Wei is a glass scientist at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), where he worked in Prof. Paul Bingham’s research group since 2016. He is a specialist on industrial (float/sheet/bottle) glass production and has more than 10 years’ international research specialising …

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Ell Wakelin

Ell Wakelin is a first-year Ph.D. student at Sheffield Hallam University, working in the Materials Engineering Research Institute (MERI) with Professor Paul Bingham. Their research focuses on decarbonisation of the glass industry by reducing the carbon..

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University of Exeter

Professor Shaowei Zhang

Prof. Shaowei Zhang joins Exeter from Sheffield where he has worked for 14 years as a postdoctoral research associate, an EPSRC advanced fellow and a member of academic staff. Before joining Sheffield, he had been at Nagoya, Japan for 5 years both as a PhD student and a member of academic staff.

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Dr Ahmed Khalil

Ahmed is a postdoctoral research fellow with a chemical engineering background, working on the TransFIRe at the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter (UoE). Since 2014, he has been working in the field of (nano)material synthesis and have developed…

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University of Leeds

Professor Phil Purnell

Phil has developed new methods that enable analysis of the lifecycle and the resource flows of materials to identify their social, environmental, economic and technical impacts. Phil is Deputy Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds, …

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Dr Anne Velenturf

Dr Anne Velenturf is the Technical Programme Manager of TransFIRe. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Circular Economy at the University of Leeds with a visiting position at Cranfield University. Anne is a circular economy expert…

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Dr Michal Drewniok

Michal is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His background is civil engineering and holds a PhD in concrete technology from Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland. Prior to his current positions..

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The University of Cambridge

Dr Jonathan Cullen

Jonathan is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, and President of Fitzwilliam College. He leads the Resource Efficiency Collective (…

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Dr Natanael Otavio Favero Bolson

Natanael is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, mapping energy and material flows to establish efficient resources use in the foundation industries as part of the TransFIRe project.

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The University of Edinburgh