Initial research will focus on electrochemistry and energy storage technologies, sustainable manufacturing, and sustainable future mobility.
The UK’s Imperial College London and Germany’s Technical University of Munich (TUM) are furthering their collaborative network with the launch of a new partnership developing technologies to tackle global pollution.
The partners say that the aim of the network is to ‘enable society to shift towards a zero-pollution economy where the environmental and health impacts of global pollution are mitigated at source.’ They add that their approach will consider the technological lifecycle – from the way the raw materials are sourced, to how they are used in industry and consumed by society, and ultimately disposed or re-used.
Initial research will focus on electrochemistry and energy storage technologies, sustainable manufacturing, and sustainable future mobility. Further themes will be developed over the next two years, and the most innovative ideas and technologies will be funded and supported through the network.
President of Imperial College London, Prof Hugh Brady (left), and TUM President Prof Thomas Hofmann at Imperial-TUM Zero Pollution Network TUM Campus, Garching. Credit: Andreas Heddergott/TUM Copyright Imperial College London
Professor Hugh Brady, Imperial College President said: ‘This network will bring together some of the leading minds in science, industry, government, and society to shape and develop innovative ideas and technologies. Imperial’s vision is to realise a sustainable, zero pollution future.’
The President of TUM, Professor Thomas F Hofmann, added: ‘Our flagship collaboration with Imperial College will go a long way helping to tackle the daunting challenges like the climate crisis. Students and scientists of Imperial and TUM are called to co-create sustainable circular economy approaches and zero pollution solutions.’
This latest development between the two academic institutions, which have 63 Joint Research Projects and 14 High-Impact Collaborative PhD projects, builds on several decades of partnership. The new network was launched at an event hosted by TUM with the keynote delivered by Dr Thomas Becker, Vice President Sustainability BMW.