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Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing


Research Areas:

Sustainable Materials 

Energy-efficient material design for manufacture; molecular, microstructural and metallurgical transformation of materials; self-healing materials and memory alloys

Sustainable Manufacturing Systems

Metrics for sustainability performance, design and analysis of sustainable supply chains; sustainable quality systems; energy-efficient supply chain operations and manufacturing systems

Sustainable Product Development

Energy-efficient products; sustainability metrics for products; 6R-based product design for sustainability

Society, Public Policy and Regulatory Issues in Sustainable Manufacturing

Societal impact studies; legislative and administrative issues; policy implementation; product and process liability; ethics

Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

Energy-efficient and environmentally benign manufacturing processes toxic-free, hazardless, safe and secure technologies; minimal use of metal working fluids and chemicals; metrics-based evaluation of manufacturing processes

Economic Analysis of Sustainable Products and Processes

Life-cycle product cost analysis; marketing strategies and business economics for sustainable products and processes

Research Laboratories in ISM

Participating UK Academic Units and Centers

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • College of Design
  • Center for Applied Energy Research
  • Center for Aluminum Technology

Research Sponsors


  • KSEF (Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation)
  • National Science Foundation
  • NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • US Airforce Research Laboratory
  • US Army
  • US Department of Education

   Industry Partners

  • Air Products, Inc.
  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • HAAS
  • IMTI (Integrated Manufacturing Technology)
  • Kennametal
  • Lexmark
  • Sandvik Coromant
  • SCRA
  • SECO
  • Semicon
  • Society of Community Research & Action
  • STELLRAM Cutting Tools
  • Toyota

International Partners

  • American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • ENSAM, Cluny, France
  • Polytechnic, Turin, Italy
  • Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, Portugal
  • University of Calabria, Calabria, Italy
  • Bari Polytechnic, Bari, Italy
  • University of Technology, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • University of Mondragon, Mondragon, Spain
  • University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway