Dr Bamdad Ayati is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute with an interest in the development of low-carbon building materials for different construction applications. His work explores the opportunities for storing carbon in building components as an effective strategy to delay emissions and substitute common energy-intensive products.
Focusing on the utilisation of fast-growing plants and renewable feedstocks, his research combines materials engineering and life cycle assessment methods to develop building components with superior mechanical and hygrothermal properties but with low embodied carbon.
His work on waste sugarcane bio-composites (Sugarcrete TM) has been nominated for Earthshot Prize 2023. Currently, he is working on wetlands plants and paludiculture crops for the manufacture of natural fibre insulation products with innovative binder systems.
Bamdad's PhD and Post-doctoral research was on novel physical and chemical processing methods for producing highly reactive pozzolanic materials from various types of low-grade clays. This was in collaboration with major cement and waste management industries (Tarmac and Augean PLC). Currently, he is leading the delivery of consultancy projects at the SRI Materials Resource Management division. .