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Professor Phil Purnell is Visiting Professor at the Materials Science Research Centre.

Phil has developed new methods that enable the analysis of the lifecycle and the resource flows of the materials developed in the Sustainable Future Materials theme. His expertise in mass flow analysis establishes the current use of resources and applies a whole lifecycle approach to identify their social, environmental, economic and technical impacts.

Alongside his role at the RCA, Phil is Director of the University of Leeds Cities Theme, where he leads interdisciplinary research into sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure. The work of 150 researchers working under this theme includes e.g. robots that repair infrastructure, low-carbon action plans for cities, and alternative finance mechanisms. Phil's personal research portfolio is similarly interdisciplinary. He is Principal Investigator on £5.6m and Co-Investigator on £5.1m UKRI grants funded by EPSRC, ESRC and NERC. He also convened the £7m NERC Resource Recovery from Waste programme. From a background in concrete technology (the use of fibre/textile reinforcement in cement composites) the programme has diversified into resource management and the circular economy, medical biomaterials, 3D printing and the carbon footprint of structural materials. 

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