Recent studies have found that the world is now producing over 2bn tonnes of solid waste each year, with numbers set to rise in the coming decades. With the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) working towards a peaceful and prosperous world, how is materials science research into recycling processes and waste management aiming to combating the global waste crisis?
Scientific research is integral to advancing recycling processes and developing materials to tackle issues, many of which feed into the SDG targets. The research selected here in particular links to SDG 12 - to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Whether it be transforming waste battery materials into fabricating components for energy applications; discovering the potential of microalgae to help remove contaminants and convert them into useful biomass, or testing key materials for global carbon dioxide recycling, science is at the forefront of innovation needed to create a more sustainable world.
Browse our selected books and journals within our materials and environmental science, energy and engineering clusters below, with chapters free to read until August 31st 2019 and articles available to read until the end of September.