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Dr. Julian M Allwood

Dr. Julian M Allwood

University Reader in Engineering

Leader of the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group

Cambridge Director of the Low Carbon Energy University Alliance with Tsinghua and MIT

Vice Chairman of the Forming section of the International Academy of Production Engineering

Lead Author of the next (5th) Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) chapter on mitigation options in Industry

Joint Editor-in-Chief Journal of Materials Processing Technology

Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering, Gonville and Caius College

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 338181


Julian Allwood has a first degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in the control of metal rolling processes and an MBA, both from Imperial College, London. The first 10 years of his career were funded by contracts with the Alcoa Technical Centre in Pittsburgh, working on the modelling and control of hot and cold strip rolling. In 1996 he was appointed as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Imperial College, and moved to the University of Cambridge in 2000, where he is now a University Reader in Engineering, and also Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Gonville and Caius College.

He is  joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Technical Committee on metal forming of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and has been appointed a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with a focus on mitigation in Industry. From 2009-2013 he is funded by a £1.5m EPSRC Leadership Fellowship to lead a major collaborative project on achieving global carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium.

Research themes

Energy Efficiency:
Global analysis of energy efficiency options, and material efficiency particularly for steel and aluminium
Resource Dynamics:

Global and regional scenario analysis of energy, water, land and resource futures

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:
University Reader in Engineering and leader of the Low Carbon Materials Processing group

Research Interests

  • Material Efficiency
  • Metal Forming
  • Scenario Analysis of low carbon futures
  • Identification and implementation of options creating a step change reduction in environmental impacts

Key Publications

Allwood, J.M., Ashby, M.F., Gutowski, T.G, Worrell, E. (2011) Material Efficiency: a White Paper, Resources Conservation and Recycling, in press

Cullen, J.M. and Allwood, J.M. (2010) Theoretical efficiency limits in energy conversion devices, Energy 35(5) 2059-2069.

Allwood, J.M., Cullen, J.M. and Milford, R.L. (2010) Options for achieving a 50% cut in industrial carbon emissions by 2050, Environmental Science and Technology, 44(6) 1888-1894.

 Cullen, J.M. and Allwood, J.M. (2010) The efficient use of energy: tracing the global flow of energy from fuel to service, Energy Policy, 38 75-81

Music, O., Allwood, J.M. and Kawai, K-I, (2010) A Review of the Mechanics of Metal Spinning, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 210(1), 3-23

Counsell, T.A.M. and Allwood, J.M. (2009) Using solvents to remove a toner-print so that office paper might be reused, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 465, 3839-3858

Allwood, J.M. and Shouler, D.R. (2009) Generalised forming limit diagrams showing increased forming limits with non-planar stress states, International Journal of Plasticity, 25(7) 1207-1230

Jackson, K.P. and Allwood, J.M. (2008) The mechanics of incremental sheet forming, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 209(3) 1158-1174

Counsell, T.A.M. and Allwood, J.M. (2008) Meeting the 2050 carbon target for paper by print removal, Annals of CIRP 57(1) 25-28

Allwood, J.M., Laursen, S.E., Russell, S.N., Malvido, C., and Bocken, N.M.P. (2008), An approach to scenario analysis of the sustainability of an industrial sector applied to clothing and textiles in the UK, Journal of Cleaner Production 16(12) 1234-1246

Allwood, J.M. and Shouler, D.R. (2007) Paddle Forming: a Novel Class of Sheet Metal Forming Processes, Annals of CIRP 56(1) 257-260

Allwood, J.M. (2007) A structured search for novel manufacturing processes leading to a periodic table of ring rolling machines, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 129(5) 502-511

Counsell T. A. M. and Allwood J.M. (2007) A review of technology options for reducing the environmental impact of office paper, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 49(4) 340-352

Allwood, J.M., Laursen, S.E., Malvido, C., and Bocken, N.M.P. (2007), Well Dressed? The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom. 84 pages. University of Cambridge, ISBN 1-902546-52-0 

Allwood, J.M. and Utsunomiya, H. (2006) A survey of flexible forming processes in Japan, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture 46(15) 1939-1960


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