Dr Rupert Myers




+44(0)131 6507792


1.190 Fleeming Jenkin

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment
  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Structural Engineering
  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation


I am a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering: Industrial Ecology in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. I have a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Sheffield, am a chemical engineer by training, and have several years of international research and consulting experience across industry, world leading academic institutions, and government. My research is highly transdisciplinary, having worked in chemical, civil, environmental, and materials engineering departments, in materials science laboratories, and also in a school of forestry & environmental studies.

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Academic Qualifications: 

  • B.Eng.(Hons.) (Chem. Eng.), University of Melbourne (2011, Australia)
  • B.Sc. (Math. & Stat.), University of Melbourne (2011, Australia)
  • Ph.D. (Mater. Sci. & Eng.), University of Sheffield (2015, UK)
  • Postdoctoral research scholar (Civil & Environ. Eng.), University of California at Berkeley (2015-2016, USA)
  • Postdoctoral associate (Center for Industrial Ecology/Forest. & Environ. Sci.), Yale University (2016-2017, USA)

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 


  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory 3 (CHEE09016) - instructor
  • Chemical Engineering Design: Projects 4 (CHEE10002) - project supervision
  • Chemical Engineering Research Project 5 (CHEE11017) - project supervision
  • Chemical Engineering Study Project 4 (CHEE10009) - project supervision

Research Interests: 

My mission is to improve the sustainability and well-being of society. To do this, I couple models of whole systems with individual materials and process technologies at relevant levels of complexity (temporal, spatial, technical), aiming to drive research and practice. This transdisciplinary approach integrates a holistic industrial ecology perspective with significant materials and chemical engineering, modelling, and experimental expertise. Questions and themes that I am interested in include: How can we efficiently use available resources while also reducing life cycle environmental impacts, valorise more wastes more effectively, and meet the material requirements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Key research topics:

Industrial ecology – material efficiency, criticality, scenarios, recycling, substitution

Materials science and characterisation – cements and related materials, materials chemistry, geochemical/thermodynamic modelling, synchrotron and laboratory characterisation, waste valorisation

Data science – open science, databases, modelling

Further Information: 

Current opportunities:
Available to supervise Ph.D. students?

Yes - always keen to hear from and support outstanding prospective students that are passionate about sustainability, science, and engineering (send me an expression of interest by email with your CV attached). Check for scholarships/funding opportunities here. Prospective students should apply to the University of Edinburgh's Engineering PhD programme here. More information about postgraduate/PhD research at the University of Edinburgh is available here.

Available to mentor postdoctoral researchers?

Yes - also happy to support fellowship applications from outstanding researchers, e.g., EPSRC, NERCRAEng, MC-IF, CSC, Leverhulme Trust, etc.

Available to host visiting researchers?

Yes - and also interested in exchanges.

Other enquiries?

Sure - just send me an email.

And last but not least...
Join the International Society for Industrial Ecology!
Collaborate with us at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Centre for Future Infrastructure
And work with us on cities, Metabolism of Cities, and the built environment, REBEL