Dr Rupert Myers




+44(0)131 6507792


1.190 Fleeming Jenkin

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • 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 years of international research experience across industry, world leading academic institutions such as UC Berkeley and Yale University, 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: 

Ph.D. (Mater. Sci. & Eng.), University of Sheffield, UK (2012-2015)
B.Sc. (Math. & Stat.), University of Melbourne, Australia (2007-2011)
B.Eng.(Hons.) (Chem. Eng.), University of Melbourne, Australia (2007-2011)
(B.Com., transferred into B.Eng./B.Sc., University of Melbourne, Australia [2006-2007])

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

Yale University, Visiting Scientist (Center for Industrial Ecology), US (2018)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Scientist (Dept. MSE), US (2018)
Yale University, Postdoctoral Associate (Center for Industrial Ecology), US (2016-2017)
University of California at Berkeley, Postdoctoral Scholar (Dept. CEE), US (2015-2016)
EMPA, Research Assistant, Switzerland (2013)
University of Chemical Technology, IAESTE Trainee, Czech Republic (2011)
UCC Energy Pty. Ltd., Process Engineer, Australia (2010-2011)
University of Melbourne, Research Assistant (Dept. CBE), Australia (2009-2011)

International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) - member


Industrial Ecology 5/MSc (CHEE11027) - course organiser
Chemical Engineering Laboratory 3 (CHEE09016) - course instructor
Engineering 1 (SCEE08001) - course 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 and sustain the well-being of society and our environment. 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?

Research topics/interests

Sustainable engineering, including:
Industrial ecology – material efficiency, criticality, scenarios, material flow analysis, circular economy, industrial symbiosis, life cycle assessment
Materials science – cements and related materials, materials chemistry, geochemical/thermodynamic modelling, synchrotron and laboratory characterisation, by-product and waste valorisation
Data science – open science, databases, modelling


Further Information: 

Current opportunities/indicative PhD projects (see internal/external funding opportunities below):

PhD project - Materials and energy requirements for sustainable development (self funded)
PhD project - Towards sustainable infrastructure materials: predictive physico-chemical modelling of concrete degradation (self funded)
PhD project - Thermodynamic modelling of alkali-activated materials (self funded)

Available to supervise/support PhD students and postdocs?

Yes - always keen to hear from and support outstanding people that are passionate about sustainability, science, and engineering.
Send me an expression of interest by email with your CV attached.
Prospective PhD students should apply to the University of Edinburgh's Engineering PhD programme here.
Prospective postdocs should look into fellowships, e.g., EPSRCNERCRAEngMC-IFCSCLeverhulme Trust, etc. 

Internal funding opportunities?

More information about postgraduate/PhD research at the University of Edinburgh and scholarships/funding opportunities is available here.
Each year the School of Engineering offers a handful of fully funded PhD studentships to UK/EU residents - contact me if you are interested in one of these PhD studentships and also one of my currently advertised PhD projects.

External funding opportunities? 

See the non-exhaustive list below and also here.

Carnegie PhD Scholarships 
British Council, e.g. Newton PhD Programme 
Commonwealth Scholarships 
Association of Commonwealth Universities 
Fullbright Scholar Program 
Marshall Scholarships 
Universitas 21 - Researcher Opportunities

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