Our people

The SMI Hub provides support to businesses looking to make more sustainable choices in their plastics use.

Our people

We have a diverse team of materials scientists, technical specialists and operational staff to ensure businesses have all the relevant expertise to help create the trusted sustainability solutions they require.

Hub Team

Prof Michael Shaver

Director | Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub

Hannah Baron

Research and Business Engagement Manager

Michaela Kiernan

Research and Business Engagement Officer

Dr Jair Esquivel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Chloe Loveless

Senior Experimental Officer

Dr Nicola Jones

Experimental Officer

Dr Parnian Doostdar


Research Collaborators

Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

  • Circular economy
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Life cycle costing (LCC)
  • Social sustainability assessment
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
His current research is focused on: i) the role of circular economy to tackle climate change and achieve net-zero solutions; ii) the implementation of circular economy in renewable sources of energy; iii) circular economy and the informal waste sector in the Global South; and iv) the nexus between circular economy and digitalization. Research outcomes Dr Gallego Schmid has published more than 70 scientific articles (h>33; >4500 citations) in international peer-reviewed journals, has given more than 60 oral presentations in national and international conferences and Universities, has been awarded three research fellowships and participated as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in 25 national and international scientific projects (total > £11M). Alejandro has been part of the scientific committee and session chair in several national and international conferences (e.g.  IX International Conference of Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America).  His research work has been published in high-impact factor journals (Q1) like Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Resource Conservation Recycling, Applied Energy, Water Research among others. Current research projects Alejandro currently leads the environmental and circularity quantification in three major projects: Alejandro currently also works on a range of other funded projects including:
  • CO-OPERATE: Socio-environmental assessment of repurposing abandoned coal mine for geothermal district heating
  • PREMIER: Progressive and emerging interdisciplinary (bio)materials research – the journey of a jersey
  • Molly Fish-ing: Microfibre pollution, legacy and future investigations through engaging stakeholders
  • Tackling the energetic cost of computing at the University of Manchester
  • Visions of, and steps towards, an Environmentally Sustainable Space Future
Already finished projects that Alejandro has led or participated include: i) EPSRC £1.1M "Environmental impacts of digital services for health and wellbeing in the home" ii) the quantification of the carbon footprint of a new graphene-enhanced and low-carbon cement (Innovate UK); iii) England Research “CAMINO: Circular economy in South America: Barriers, drivers and opportunities; iv) Royal Academy of Engineering project "Assessing the informal waste sector contribution to Nepal circularity transition"; v) Supergen Energy Network Hub's "Whole system analysis impact of thermal energy storage technologies in future UK energy networks"; vi) "Designing Sustainable Supply Chains" project sponsored by a major retailer; vii) DRES ME: a research partnership with Tesco PLC to study how data analysis can help to scale up textile recycling; viii) Sustainable Urban Technologies with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Universities (Sweden) and ix) ‘Contemporary Crises and Net Zero Transitions: COVID-19, Energy and Ukraine’ project in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the University of Toronto. Alejandro has directly collaborated in research projects with more than 40 multinational companies including Tesco, Pragmatic, First Graphene, Breedon, Mastercard, Ecobelt, Abengoa, Uniliver, Co-op Foods, Apello, Orbit, Johnson Matthey, CEMEX and Cosentino. Leadership, editorial offices and recognitions

Dr Claudia E Henninger

Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing Management

Dr Tom McDonald

Reader in Sustainable Materials

Dr Lee A. Fielding

Senior Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Dr Helen Holmes

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Torik Holmes

Hallsworth Research Fellow

Dr Jonny Blaker

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials

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