Imperial College London

Dr Rupert J. Myers

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering



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245Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Rupert J. Myers is a Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering and leader of the Myers Group 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 currently champions his mission, to reduce environmental burdens through sustainable engineering, by focussing his research and teaching on materials that are virtually unmatched in importance to society, such as cement and metals, and the services/products that they provide, e.g., shelter/buildings, infrastructure, and cities.

He leads inter(/trans)disciplinary projects in this space, which notably couple industrial ecology and materials engineering/chemistry, in collaboration with various domestic and international academic and non-academic partners.

Rupert is a member of the International Society of Industrial Ecology.

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. Multiple PhD projects are currently available in the Myers Group, on topics such as:

  • 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)



Li C, Jiang Z, Myers RJ, et al., 2020, Understanding the sulfate attack of Portland cement–based materials exposed to applied electric fields: Mineralogical alteration and migration behavior of ionic species, Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol:111, ISSN:0958-9465, Pages:1-15

Dieckmann E, Sheldrick L, Tennant M, et al., 2020, Analysis of barriers to transitioning from a linear to a circular economy for end of life materials: a case study for waste feathers, Sustainability, Vol:12, ISSN:2071-1050, Pages:1725-1725

Miller SA, Myers RJ, 2020, Environmental impacts of alternative cement binders., Environmental Science and Technology (washington), Vol:54, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:677-686

Myers RJ, Reck BK, Graedel TE, 2019, YSTAFDB, a unified database of material stocks and flows for sustainability science, Scientific Data, Vol:6, ISSN:2052-4463

D'Amico B, Myers RJ, Sykes J, et al., 2019, Machine learning for sustainable structures: a call for data, Structures, Vol:19, ISSN:2352-0124, Pages:1-4

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