Welcome to EBM

The Environmentally Benign Manufacturing (EBM) research group, headed by Professor Timothy Gutowski, is part of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology The EBM group is focused on examining the environmental effects associated with manufacturing and products. Research areas include: the thermodynamic, economic, and life cycle assessment of manufacturing processes and systems, products and recycling systems. Additional work looks at the environmental effects from the consumption side of the issue.

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The Environmentally Benign Manufacturing Group with (left to right) Isabel Schwartz, Prof. Tim Gutowski, Nadine Madanchi, Alex van Grootel, Karuna, Sumant Raykar, Tobi Kamps, Karine Ip.


Latest news


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Special Issue on Additive Manufacturing

A forthcoming issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology will feature several articles from the EBM group.

Two are linked here. #1, #2. Date: May 2017.









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Material Demand Reduction

Special Issue of Phil. Trans of the Royal Society A based upon workshop at the University of Cambridge on Material Demand Reduction. Edited by Julian M. Allwood, Timothy G. Gutowski, Ernst Worrell, André Cabrera Serrenho, Alexandra C. H. Skelton.

Link to special edition. Date: May 2017.









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Material Recovery

We investigate material recovery from municipal solid waste and materially-complex products. We look at how to optimize the material recovery chain from system engineering and environmental perspectives.

Project link.









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Can a university become carbon neutral?

Prof. Gutowski and his students from his class 2.83/2.813 (Energy, materials, manufacturing) address this question, published in a recent issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter.

Paper link. Date: Dec 2016











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Material Demand Reduction Workshop

Prof. Gutowski and Dr. Cooper attend a Royal Society sponsored meeting on material demand reduction at the University of Cambridge

Link to resulting paper

Date: September 26-28, 2016.









Sustainable industries

Professor Tim Gutowski

Professor Gutowski talks at the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design Take a look

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Dr Cooper goes to Michigan

EBM postdoc Dan Cooper starts as an Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan in January 2017. He will continue his work on Resourceful Manufacturing and Design.











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Royal Society Meeting

Material efficiency: providing material services with less material production.

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