Imperial College London

Dr Rupert J. Myers

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering



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Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Rupert J. Myers is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering at Imperial College London.

He has worked across various engineering/science disciplines and locations, from Australia (Uni. of Melbourne), to the United States (UC Berkeley, Yale, MIT), and to Europe (EMPA, Uni. of Edinburgh, ICL).

Rupert's research and teaching focuses on driving reductions in environmental impacts and the development of sustainable engineering practice. He specifically targets construction materials that are hugely important to society, notably cementitious materials (cement, concrete, etc.), and the services/products that they provide, e.g., shelter/buildings, infrastructure, and cities.

Outstanding prospective PhD students and postdocs that are passionate about sustainability, science/engineering, and materials are encouraged to get in touch by email with their CV attached. PhD projects are continually available, on topics shown here and listed below:

  • Modelling use of materials and energy throughout society and related scenario/policy analysis, e.g., to identify environmentally beneficial technologies (industrial ecology, data engineering)
  • Using thermodynamics to fundamentally understand environmentally beneficial/harmful materials, e.g., properties of cement binders with low CO2 emissions, persistence of toxic chemicals (materials science, chemistry)
  • Assessment and characterisation of natural and anthropogenic resources for environmentally beneficial use, e.g., industrial by-products (industrial ecology, materials science)

Rupert is available for consultancy and public/media engagement on the topics above and related areas, such as industrial decarbonisation, circular economy, sustainable construction, novel construction materials, low carbon cement and concrete, etc.



Shah I, Miller S, Jiang D, et al., 2022, Cement substitution with secondary materials can reduce annual global CO2 emissions by up to 1.3 gigatons, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

Mason AR, Gathorne-Hardy A, White C, et al., 2022, Resource requirements for ecosystem conservation: A combined industrial and natural ecology approach to quantifying natural capital use in nature, Ecology and Evolution, Vol:12, ISSN:2045-7758

Morley JD, Myers RJ, Plancherel Y, et al., 2022, A Database for the Stocks and Flows of Sand and Gravel, Resources-basel, Vol:11

Titirici M, Baird SG, Sparks TD, et al., 2022, The sustainable materials roadmap, Journal of Physics: Materials, Vol:5, ISSN:2515-7639, Pages:1-98

Morley JD, Myers RJ, Plancherel Y, et al., 2022, A Database for the Extraction, Trade, and Use of Sand and Gravel (Retraction of Vol 11, art no 38, 2022), Resources-basel, Vol:11

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