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19th April – Blue Skies Greener Future, A global renaissance of metallurgy: Birth of metallurgy 2.0

As a part of Blue Skies Greener Future series our second speaker is Zhongyun Fan. He is a professor of metallurgy, the founder and Director of BCAST – Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology at Brunel University London. He is the principal investigator/director of the EPSRC funded LiME Research Hub, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering.

Metals are the backbone of global manufacturing and the fuel for economic growth. However, extraction and processing of metals are highly energy intensive and cause severe environmental damage: metal extraction accounts for 12% of global primary energy demand and 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The global grand challenge is to decouple economic growth from environmental damage. The worldwide sustainability crisis has led to a complete rethink of how we source, formulate and deploy metallic materials in the future, triggering a global renaissance of metallurgy and giving birth to Metallurgy 2.0. In this context, we have developed a vision for full metal circulation (FMC), under which the global demand for metallic materials will be met by a full circulation of secondary metals without the need for either mining or metal extraction.

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Published: March 18th, 2024
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