Cambridge Electric Cement

Dr Cyrille Dunant is a Research Associate based at the University of Cambridge. His background in concrete durability has led him to develop an interest in design and efficient use of materials. He is now currently working on two projects, both centered on making better use of steel in construction. The first explores the barriers to steel reuse, an important potential source of carbon and energy savings. The second project looks at the design process in construction and the role of material efficiency in building conception.

Professor Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge. In parallel with developing new manufacturing technologies for metals, he has built up a research group looking at environmental systems and production. He is now the head of the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge and the Principle Investigator on the UK FIRES project.

Dr Philippa Horton trained with JLR as an automotive design engineer and following a PhD on material efficiency in automotive production, joined Use Less Group as its business manager in 2019. Pippa acts as the bridge between our research programmes and the key industrial sectors. She oversees delivery and implementation of research across all sectors, coordinating relationships with industry partners and managing industrial deployment of demand reduction and technology innovation. She She has initiated three spin out companies – Structural PANDA (structural design software for reducing embodied emissions in buildings), DeepForm (A method for automotive metal forming with less production loss) and Cambridge Electric Cement (the commercial arm for the C2Z demonstrator).

Dr Rohit Prajapati is currently working on the Cambridge Electric Cement project. He is interested in utilisation of construction and industrial waste materials. He has experience in concrete recycling and durability of concrete structures. His current interests are low-carbon cements and sustainability in construction industry.

Dr Prajapati received his PhD in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, India. He has also worked in industry and has field experience working on residential building projects. He was involved in many international research projects on concrete sustainability.

Dr Shiju Joseph is a research associate at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in developing novel low-carbon and low-cost cementitious binders and characterization of cementitious materials. He has a background in civil engineering and received his PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has experience in microstructural modelling and different experimental techniques such as XRD, NMR, SEM etc. Over the years as a researcher, he was involved in developing, and understanding hydration, microstructure and durability of different low carbon cementitious binders such as blended cements with calcined clays, alkali activated materials, hybrid cements etc.

Fran O’Neill Sergent is a designer and communications manager who has been working in climate mitigation research for almost a decade. She has developed the branding, design, strategy, and all multimedia materials for UK FIRES, the Use Less Group, Tick Zero and 88 Pianists. She is passionate about finding new and exciting ways to communicate climate solutions to a wide audience for maximum impact.


Dr Zushu Li is a Reader and EPSRC Fellow in Manufacturing at the Advanced Steel Research Centre, WMG of the University of Warwick. He has extensive industrial experience in process innovation for product development and in-depth understanding of the industry. Prior to joining WMG in April 2016, he was the Principal Scientist Steelmaking in Tata Steel R&D (based in the UK) and has worked in Tata Steel for over 9 years.

Rupert J. Myers is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering at Imperial College London.

Rupert’s research and teaching focuses on driving reductions in environmental impacts and the development of sustainable engineering practice. He specifically targets construction materials that are hugely important to society, notably cementitious materials (cement, concrete, etc.), and the services/products that they provide, e.g., shelter/buildings, infrastructure, and cities.

Jianhang Feng is a research assistant at Imperial College London. He has gained experience in exploring hydration, carbonation and self-healing of cement-based materials by experiments including QXRD, TG-IR, BSE and X-ray CT, and modelling such as thermodynamics, kinetics and stereology modelling. He is now interested in decarbonisation of cement and would like to contribute to the carbon neutrality in cement sector. 

Jianhang Feng obtained his bachelor’s degree from school of materials science and engineering in Southeast University, China. Afterwards, he pursued a PhD degree in school of civil and environmental engineering, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. 

Dr. Mingrui Yang is a research fellow in Manufacturing at Advanced Steel Research Centre, WMG of the University of Warwick. He is interested in extractive metallurgy of polymetallic minerals. He has a background in metallurgical engineering and received his PhD from CQU, China. And he also has some industrial working experience in iron making process. His current interests are EAF steel making process and comprehensive utilization of EAF slag in steel making industry.

Innovate / Cement2Zero

Patricio is a mechanical engineer focused on decarbonization of energy related processes. He has participated in academic level research related to solar energy collection; nanomaterials; low-carbon water treatment; and most recently the profitability of energy storage and its impact on decarbonized electricity grids. He has industrial experience in the copper mining industry, including extraction and refinement processes.

Patricio possess an MPhil in Energy Technologies from the University of Cambridge and is currently the project manager of the Cambridge Electric Cement (CEC) industrial demonstration project for Cement-2-zero (C2Z).