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New research into sustainable materials for infrastructure development

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Academics from nine UK universities and nine leading institutions in China are partnering on six new research projects that hope to improve the sustainability of infrastructure development. The projects are set to receive £3 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The projects will explore:

  • How to develop intelligent coatings for windows to improve energy efficiency.
  • How to improve the development of new nitride materials for the next generation of UV emitters that can be used for water purification and environmental protection.
  • Whether industrial wastes can safely replace natural raw materials in the cement kiln.
  • Designs for low-CO2 alkali-activated concretes that are more durable and eco-efficient.
  • Development of multi-functional aggregates that will enable concrete to conduct electricity and reduce environmental pollution.

Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, said: “High quality science and innovation is central to addressing the challenge of meeting the demand for higher living standards from an increasing global population, with limited natural resources that we need to protect. 

“Science knows no boundaries, which is why we are investing £3 million in six collaborative projects between some of the leading institutions in the UK and China that will help find new ways to address joint concerns.”

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, said: “These collaborative EPSRC and NSFC projects have emerged as a result of a joint call in 2013 following the Global Grand Challenges Summit of the same year. Developing advanced materials and improving sustainability in infrastructure will help both the UK and China address environmental, economic and resource challenges that face both countries and the rest of the world.”

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