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University of Warwick
T:   024 765 28444
W:   Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Research Groups

  • Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing More details
  • Research Interests

    Sustainable materials, Biomaterials, polymer glazing, environmentally-friendly motorsport, Industrial Biotechnology, Manufacturing


    Kerry Kirwan is a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) for the University of Warwick, a Trustee of The Alan Turing Institute and a Professor at WMG. He is the Director of the £11m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (EngD), Strategic Director of the £10m Industrial Doctorate Centre and Head of the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing Research Group within WMG. Prof Kirwan also leads the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority in Innovative Manufacturing and Future Materials. Previously he was a member of the EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future Strategic Advisory Team.

    Prof Kirwan is a specialist in circular economy, sustainable materials, polymer processing and indsutrial applications, having graduated from Warwick's Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in 2003. He has extensive experience of developing environmentally friendly materials for application within numerous industries and secured in excess of £35m of research funding from both public and private bodies. Most recently, he has been awarded the £1m EPSRC funded Circular Economy Network+ in Transport Systems (CENTS+) and previous notable award include a £3.1m EPSRC grant for 'Cleaning Land for Wealth', a £1.3m WIMRC grant entitled 'Wealth out of Waste' and a prestigious £1m EPSRC Challenging Engineering grant for his Sustainable Materials - A Global Challenge programme.

    Prof Kirwan has regularly engaged in public science activities through his position within WMG, being previously recognised for 'EcoOne' - the environmentally friendly racing car and his biodegradable 'Sunflower Phone' that allowed mobile phone users to grow plants from their discarded mobile phone cases through the encapsulation of a small seed in a visible window and subsequently prompting them to dispose of the electronics in a responsible manner. Most recently he was Principle Investigator on the WorldF3rst Formula 3 racing concept, which demonstrated that 'green is sexy' by delivering a fully functional F3 racing car built almost entirely from waste and recycled materials and fuelled by biodiesel derived from waste food products such as chocolate, beef fat and residues from the cheese industry. This car was named in Time Magazine's Top 50 Global Inventions of 2009 and was showcased at various industry and academic events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed, the British and European Grand Prix's and MIT's Global Energy Conference. It has appeared on many UK television programmes, countless international TV channels, radio and printed publications. Prof Kirwan was awarded the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award by the British Science Association in 2009 and the IOM3 Thornton Gold Medal in 2011 as a result of this project.

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