Dr Maria Crespo-Ribadeneyra, Lecturer in Green Energy at Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with The Tyre Collective, a startup capturing tyre pollution from vehicles, developed batteries and pressure sensors from tyre wear particles. Their work is currently on display at Material Matters, one of the UK's leading exhibitions of innovative materials in the OXO Tower Gallery.
Six million tonnes of tyre wear particles are released globally each year, and in London alone, 2.6 million vehicles emit around nine thousand tonnes of tyre wear particles annually, and a significant proportion of this ends up in our waterways and soil. Dr Crespo-Ribadeneyra's and Tyre Collective offer a sustainable solution to the problem: once captured, this pollution can be upcycled into a variety of high-tech applications, creating a closed-loop system.
" I am delighted with this collaboration with The Tyre Collective to upcycle tyre wear into smart materials. Our progress in developing batteries and pressure sensors is a steppingstone for future work together in more exciting projects, aligned with a circular economy mindset. Our aim is to make a significant impact on the environment by reducing pollution and conserving resources. I am excited to see our work on display at Material Matters and to share it with the world," said Dr Maria Crespo-Ribadeneyra.
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