The role of advanced materials


As part of its Sustainable Future theme to help build momentum ahead of COP26, IOM3 is hosting a week of virtual events across 6-10 September. This week will showcase the vital role of professionals in materials, minerals and mining in the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient society.

The third day of the series will explore the role of materials in mitigating climate change. The day will concentrate on the different materials types and what companies are doing to reduce the carbon footprints of what are vitally important products to the economy.


This webinar will focus on the materials and processing industries and how they can/will play a crucial role in decarbonization and the route to net zero. This will include the role of materials and how they are made, processed and used and how critical these industries are as vital parts of the overall strategy towards a net zero future. 

Hear from a range of industrial, academic and policy experts as they explore the role of manufacturing and materials in reaching Net Zero. This session will look in more detail at:

  • complementary low carbon technologies related to the manufacture and  use of materials
  • an understanding of the role of materials in unlocking these low carbon technologies.
  • an opportunity to discuss with industry and research leaders the challenges in bringing these new technologies to market.

You'll hear from

  • Materials 4.0 
    Professor David Knowles
  • The Role of Advanced Materials in the Decarbonisation of Air Transport
    Neil Glover, Rolls-Royce

The Role of Advanced Materials in the Decarbonisation of Air Transport

Neil will discuss the critical role of materials technology in the decarbonisation of air transport.  The opportunities and challenges for materials development and application to enable advanced propulsion systems will be outlined including future high efficiency gas turbines, hybrid aerospace propulsion systems and the transition to alternative sustainable fuels.  The key contribution of materials technology to the delivery of wider sustainability goals and net-zero targets throughout the materials cycle will also be discussed, including raw materials supply, materials processing and end-of-life.  The role of a Professional Engineering Institute in supporting its members to succeed in this environment will also be considered.

Materials 4.0

The transformation in research and development which the digital age affords materials science brings the opportunity to have a major bearing on achieving our sustainable goals in the coming decades.  The impact will be diverse ranging from acceleration of materials discovery, accelerating the ‘make-characterise-test’ process, the use of automated laboratories and manufacturing, new modelling approaches allowing lean design and improved understanding of in-service degradation which will facilitate safe life-extension of critical equipment.  In this short introduction David will touch on many of these aspects and highlight the new technology landscape which Royce has published recently landscape ‘Materials 4.0: Predicting and Controlling Materials’ Microstuctures and Performance’


Event Details

  • The webinar will be streamed live via Zoom and is available to join online from any location.
  • The session will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to watch on-demand.
  • All timings advertised are GMT/BST.


Sustainable Futures Week

Sustainable Futures Week

This event is part of a week long series of webinars focusing on reaching net zero, click the link below to check out other sessions in the series.

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