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Department of Engineering

Dr Claire Barlow


Claire Barlow

Emeritus Staff

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management

Research group: Production Processes


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Research interests

Dr Barlow's research interests include:

  • inter-relationships between processing parameters, mechanical properties and material microstructures
  • eco-efficient manufacturing
  • sustainable materials usage
  • material and product end-of-life aspects: re-use and recycling
  • value from waste
  • materials aspects relating to musical instruments

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Waste management in urban environments.

Teaching activity

Retired Faculty (Materials engineering, Industrial Sustainability, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET))

Other positions

  • President, Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Fellow Emerita, Newnham College


Claire Barlow specialises in sustainability and materials engineering. Research work has covered a wide range of materials and processes, with a particular interest in the inter-relationships between processing parameters, mechanical properties and material microstructures. The focus is now on end-of-life materials, looking at how to assess the environmental impact of materials usage, and how to improve recycling and re-use, especially of plastics. She is involved in research on technical and organisational aspects of sustainability in manufacturing industry.

Department role and responsibilities

Former Deputy Head of Department (Teaching); Head of Department (2018)