Research in the Materials Science Research Centre focuses on the invention and the experience of materials to address real world challenges, specifically environmental sustainability, and human health and wellbeing.
- Professor Sharon Baurley
Materials Science Research Centre
Royal College of Art
Rausing Research & Innovation Building
15 Parkgate Road
London SW11 4NL
Professor Sharon Baurley
Sharon’s research is focused on advanced interdisciplinary human-centred design methods to create new ‘Product Cultures’, as a strategy for post-Industrial Design in the age of the Anthropocene, that de-couple the use of materials resources from human wellbeing and economic development, in the context of the Fab City, where cities are locally productive whilst being globally connected.
Dr Bruna Petreca
Research Fellow in Human Experience & Materials
Bruna is a design researcher and practitioner whose research engages with and develops a deeper understanding of the sensory characterisation of materials.
Dr Miriam Ribul
Research Fellow in Materials Circularity for Distributed Manufacture
Miriam’s research innovates design methodology for transdisciplinary material design approaches that integrate methods from materials science and biotechnology in order to nurture new socio-ecological systems.
Dr Lucie Hernandez
Post-doctoral Researcher, CX Digital Tools
Lucie is a design researcher developing digital tools to encourage more sustainable approaches to fashion and textiles focusing on craft, materials and repair skills.
Professor Phil Purnell
Visiting Professor, Materials Science Research Centre
Professor Phil Purnell is Visiting Professor at the Materials Science Research Centre.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Bio-manufacturing Textiles from Waste
Roberta is part of the Bio-manufacturing Textiles from Waste project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Chipp is a researcher at the Textile Circularity Centre with a background in robotics, engineering and creative computing.
Postdoc Researcher in Human Experience and Materials
Ricardo is a fusionist designer, and researcher interested in body x world relationships and hybrid environments focused on wearables, smart devices, and materials.
Katrine's work aims to intrigue, interest and invite people to take steps in the direction towards a more sustainable, fair, fun and beautiful future for our society.
Carmen's research explores how to inscribe fashion tacit knowledge in digital fashion consumption experiences.
More about the centre
On this page is a list of selected publications by members of the MSRC team. These publications embody our STEAM methodological approaches, which involves learning principles or theories from science disciplines and applying them through a design lens, in order to oscillate between designerly and scientific modes of inquiry, either working on our own, or in collaboration with science disciplines.