Materials for Sustainability

AMBER is involved in sustainable materials research enabling a transition from a ‘linear’ model of production, ‘make-consume-dispose’ to a ‘circular economy’. AMBERs’ research plays a significant part in tackling climate change and supporting the circular economy, through, for example, research into sustainable biopolymers as alternatives to synthetic polymers, developing new methodologies for environmental monitoring and working with industry to reduce waste and increase resource efficiency. Our emerging Sustainable Materials theme will innovate materials for improved circularity and reduction in plastic waste.

With increasing importance on how materials innovation will enable a sustainable and low carbon future, and sustainability and resource efficiency are recurring theme throughout our fundamental research themes and industry research programmes. We bring our extensive experience to these global challenges in a cross-cutting way to maximise impact for society, the economy and the environment.


Our ICT research activity is designed around materials and devices which will enable the vertical integration of logic and memory functions; an enabler for low power devices critical for reducing the carbon footprint of enterprise computing and data centres.

Our Energy platform address novel energy storage, carbon capture and thermal management technologies all relevant to our national and global decarbonisation targets.

Health theme is centred on materials for tissue regeneration and therapeutic delivery for improved patient outcomes and reduction in hospitalisation, with reduced energy costs.


Companies are focussing R&D spend in ensuring renewable goals are met particularly around energy and improved materials utilisation to reduce waste. AMBER can address emerging industry trends around increasing sustainability driven by need for companies to be compliant with environmental legislation, international policy and changing market trends.


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AMBER has a strong emphasis on collaboration. Central to AMBER’s research remit are collaborative projects performed with industry partners, and working with academic, industry and wider stakeholder on international and national research programmes.

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