Engineering the next generation of aerospace materials for cleaner and safer air travel. Reducing world-wide aviation emissions of currently 2% and sustainable use of resources are key drivers for pollution control and mitigation. New manufacturing processes and alloys are a vital response to the demand for more efficient and resource conserving jet propulsion.
Scientists at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) have a highly regarded international reputation in Earth sciences and ecology. BEES is at the cutting edge of current understanding of human impacts in the environment and lead the application of effective management for positive ecological outcomes and sustainability.
Statistical methods to study the uncertainty in environmental models for supporting decision making in complex systems are developed. The study of the interactions between humans and the environment is considered, in terms of the impact of human activities on the environment and the effects of environmental changes on human life.
Molecular studies of resistance genes among intracellular bacteria of Acanthamoeba, a free-living sentinel amoeba can highlight the role of water pollutants in the development of antimicrobial resistance within microbial communities, which could help to develop management options to reduce risks of resistance genes transmission to humans and animals.
Novel catalysts have been developed and these form the basis for new approaches to air and water purification. Adsorptive and catalytic materials can be engineered to exhibit defined performance parameters and then incorporated in modular systems designed for site-specific (portable or fixed) and capacity-specific requirements.