Centre for Sustainable Engineering

Circular economy elastomer products

Principal investigator:James BUSFIELD
Funding source(s):EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
 Start: 01-02-2022  /  End: 31-01-2025
 Amount: £395434
Research Centres:
Example of tyres that are not easily recycled currently

The sustainability of rubber products is a major global challenge mainly due to the huge amount of rubber waste generated each year. Furthermore, many elastomer products including most car tyres are manufactured from fossil fuel-based materials, which are not renewable. This proposed research programme aims to tackle these challenges by manufacturing novel circular economy elastomer products from renewable biobased feedstocks, with zero waste, high resource efficiency and no reliance on fossil fuels, thus transforming the elastomer sector.