Research associate

Read more at: Rohit Prajapati

Rohit Prajapati

Rohit Prajapati is currently working on Cambridge Electric Cement project. He is interested in utilization of construction and industrial waste materials. He has developed a process for separating aggregates and cement phases from waste concrete. The high-quality recycled aggregates produced from this process can completely substitute natural aggregates in structural grade concrete without compromising the mechanical and durability properties.

His current interests are low-carbon cements, recycled aggregates and durability of concrete.


Read more at: Dr Shiju Joseph

Dr Shiju Joseph

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.


Read more at: Dr Omer Music

Dr Omer Music

Omer joined the Use Less Group in November 2021, as a Senior Research Associate. He is interested in flexible manufacturing; both craft forming processes like spinning, hammering and wheeling and modern numerically controlled flexible forming processes.

Omer holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and a PhD from University of Cambridge. He has six years of experience working in the industry and ten years of experience working as a researcher at a research institute and as an academic at various universities.


Read more at: Dr Hannes Gauch

Dr Hannes Gauch

Hannes’ current research is across civil and environmental engineering and focusses on resource efficiency in the construction and operation of buildings. More specifically, he is interested in exploring trade-offs between service, emissions, energy, and cost amongst design options in both construction and operational phases. He contributes to the development of a software tool which permits to optimise realistic building designs for embodied emissions and costs.


Read more at: Dr Johannes Lohmar (visiting from Aachen)

Dr Johannes Lohmar (visiting from Aachen)


Read more at: Dr Adam Nagy

Dr Adam Nagy

Adam’s interests lie in the areas of manufacturing processes and mechanical design. His work has focused on process modelling and optimisation, machine design, and fixture and tool design, for complex components in the aerospace, aeronautical, automotive and renewable energy sectors.  Adam’s current research focus is on novel metal forming processes.


Read more at: Dr Zenaida Sobral Mourão

Dr Zenaida Sobral Mourão

Zenaida's work analyses future pathways for the UK energy system and how these relate to the use of land and water resources, and associated emissions. She is one of a group of researchers working on the wholeSEM project to analyse wider system impacts of energy systems and material production in the UK. Zenaida is currently working on an extension of this work to include implications for air quality and human health.

Zenaida holds a Licentiate degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry (2011) from the University of Porto in Portugal.


Read more at: Dr Sandy Skelton

Dr Sandy Skelton

Sandy is an environmental economist with a particular interest in the motivations and trade-offs associated with greater material efficiency and demand reduction. She is a Research Associate on the Whole System Energy Modelling (wholeSEM) project exploring the welfare implications of reducing demand, and improving the characterisation of demand in whole system energy models. Sandy holds the Charles and Katherine Darwin Research Fellowship at Darwin College and was awarded a wholeSEM bilateral fellowship to collaborate with the GEM-E3 macroeconomic model.


Read more at: Dr Rick Lupton

Dr Rick Lupton

Rick Lupton is a Research Associate with the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge, where he is working on ways to map the way resources and materials are used throughout society, despite the limited statistics we have available. Rick’s research interests include the application of Bayesian inference to these types of problems, and interactive visualisation of the results. Rick holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, on modelling tools for simulating the dynamics of floating offshore wind turbines.


Read more at: Michal Drewniok

Michal Drewniok

Michal holds a M.Sc.Eng. at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland.  He joined the Use Less group at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge in the end of 2015, where he is involved on two projects, both centred 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.