Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Founder & Directcor of UNSW SM@RT Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology – Professor of Materials Science at the University of New South Wales
Professor Sahajwalla joins Alex to explore the way in which steel, ceramics and other foundation industry materials can lower their carbon footprint through the reforming and recycling of other materials.
Green steel, green ceramics – in fact green-any-hard-abate-material – decarbonisation discussions usually focus on fuel switching, energy efficiency or the increased recycling of these same materials. The work being led by Professor Veena Sahajwalla shows that innovative reuse, reforming and recycling of alternative materials (from old tyres to glass and fabric) offers an exciting, commercial and innovative route for producing low carbon materials for some of the toughest to abate sectors.
Listen in and learn about where the inspiration for alternative molecules for reforming/reuse comes from, how the team collaborates with industry and you’ll learn about the commercialisation of new processes for green steel and green ceramics (just a couple of examples).
We also talk about seeing renewable materials in thee same way that we look at renewable energy, along with thoughts on microrecycling and the value of microfactories.
High energy, entrepreneurial, rooted in science, collaborating with industry; this is a great fit for investors, academics and industrialists committed to decarbonizing our most traditional industries but who are looking for next generation solutions.
Thanks to Matt Wallace at Janno Media for his support with production and editing of the Decarb Connect podcast: www.jannomedia.com
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