Professor Julian Allwood

Reader in Engineering
University of Cambridge

Professor Julian Allwood leads the Low Carbon and Materials Processing research group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge ( The first 10 years of his career were funded by contracts with the Alcoa Technical Centre in Pittsburgh. In 1996 he was appointed as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Imperial College, and moved to Cambridge in 2000. His research group, currently 15 people, focuses on the technologies and systems of material and energy efficiency, largely related to metals.  Current projects include development of second generation incremental sheet forming processes with Ford, Novelis, Metal Spinners and Cummins, technologies for toner print removal to allow paper-reuse with Xerox, identification and evaluation of options for future carbon emissions reductions with Unilever, and a global study of future resource scenarios with BP.

He is vice Chairman of the scientific technical committee on metal forming of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP), and since 2007 has been joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology. He has been appointed as a Lead Author for the chapter on mitigation in industry in the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, to be published in 2014. In 2008 he was awarded a 5-year  £1.4m EPSRC Leadership Fellowship to lead a major project on the global carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium in collaboration with a consortium of 20 global companies spanning the metals supply chain (

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