Materials and Sustainable Development

Materials and Sustainable Development

2nd Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Author: Michael Ashby
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323983617

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Materials and Sustainable Development, Second Edition, written by noted materials selection authority Mike Ashby, provides a structure and framework for analyzing sustainable development and the role of materials in it. The book's aim is to introduce ways of exploring sustainable development to readers in a way that avoids simplistic interpretations and approaches complexity in a systematic way. There is no completely 'right' answer to questions of sustainable development, instead, there is a thoughtful, well-researched response that recognizes concerns of stakeholders, conflicting priorities, and the economic, legal and social aspects of the technology and its environmental legacy. The intent of the book is not to offer solutions to sustainability challenges but rather to improve the quality of discussion and enable informed, balanced debate. This updated edition has been updated to reflect new insights, regulatory trends and other developments that have occurred since publication of the previous edition.

Key Features

  • Describes sustainable development in increasingly detailed progression, from a broad overview to specific tools and methods
  • Includes updated chapter length case studies on topics such as biopolymers, electric cars, bamboo, and lighting that vividly illustrate the sustainable development process from a materials perspective
  • Covers business and economic aspects in chapters on corporate sustainability and the "circular materials economy"


Students of materials science and sustainable engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level, including interdisciplinary courses and programs in sustainability / roughly 60,000 students per year in materials science courses that cover sustainable development and 2,500 students taking a dedicated course in sustainable engineering and design; Materials and design engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Background: Materials, Energy and Sustainability
    2. What is a “Sustainable Development”?
    3. Assessing Sustainable Developments: The Steps
    4. Tools, Prompts and Checklists
    5. Materials Supply-Chain Risk
    6. Corporate Sustainability and Materials
    7. Introduction to Case Studies
    8. Scaling Up Biopolymer Production
    9. Wind Farms
    10. Case Study: Electric Cars
    11. Lighting
    12. Solar PV
    13. Bamboo for Sustainable Flooring
    14. The Vision: A Circular Materials Economy
    15. Data, Charts and Databases
    16. Guidance for Instructors
    Appendix. Useful Numbers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323983617

About the Author

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby
Mike Ashby is one of the world’s foremost authorities on materials selection. He is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, Materials and Sustainable Development, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also co-author of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

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