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Dr Ruth Cherrington

Dr Ruth Cherrington

Business Research Impact Fellow

+44 (0) 1326 255029


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE

Role

Ruth has several years of experience supporting research and development projects in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.

She is currently working on a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project that provides focussed support to SMEs based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS) helping them to realise their growth potential through innovation. The project aims to improve productivity and deliver economic growth by stimulating early stage Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) activity.

Her research within this project is looking at the role of innovation within circular economy across individuals and organisations. She is also interested in how certain values (such as environmental sustainability) impact and direct innovation and how emerging innovation ecosystems are supporting the businesses within them.

Profile

Ruth joined the University of Exeter in February 2017. In her previous roles she was responsible for several industry funded research projects which focused on the environmental, social and financial implications of the materials and manufacturing processes within sectors such as automotive, energy and aerospace. 

Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy in 2010, and is an Associate of the Camborne School of Mines (ACSM) from the University of Exeter. She was later awarded the degree of Doctor in Philosophy in Engineering and postgraduate award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Warwick. She was selected to take part in the GW4 Crucible 2021 which offers the opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to tackle the global challenge of 'Transitions to net zero in the time of covid-19'. She trained to become a facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method in 2021, which she regularly uses to engage with businesses and students in workshops. She has recently acheived Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), demonstrating a commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience through the Academic Practice (PCAP) Apprenticeship.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Renewable Energy
  • PhD in Engineering

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Research interests

  • Sustainability
  • Circular Economy
  • Innovation
  • Plastics

Research projects

SMART and Sustainable Coatings ( funded through the UKRI EPSRC Circular Economy Network+ in Transportation Systems)

Aug 2020- Mar 2021
In the move towards light weighting and the circular economy (CE), thermoplastic composites in transport are becoming increasingly attractive. However, the thermoset coatings traditionally applied for these applications cause subsequent problems for thermoplastic recycling systems. Therefore, to address this issue, this research collaboration between the University of Warwick and the University of Exeter looks at both academic developments in the coating industry and potential implementation strategies for industry in the circular economy.

Exeter Multidisciplinary Plastics Research hub: ExeMPLaR (EP/S025529/1)

Jan 2019 – June 2021

In a circular economy, clean growth is achieved by increasing the value derived from existing and planned economic infrastructure, products and materials which in turn significantly reduces or eliminates negative externalities. Increased value can be achieved by maintaining the integrity of a product or material at a higher level, using products longer, cascading their use in adjacent value chains and designing pure, high quality feedstocks (avoiding contamination and toxicity). A circular economy approach to plastics addresses simultaneously the accumulation, impact and costs in the environment whilst maintaining applications for multiple high value purposes. To translate potential to reality requires new circular plastics systems that
a) co-ordinate and integrate key system players and activities across the value chain
b) are underpinned by rigorous scientific research evidence;
c) promote novel and creative approaches to the circulation and cascading of plastics in society and;
d) demonstrate and proof points in support of decision-making and action at varying scale

 

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Goodship V, Middleton B, Cherrington R (2015). Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing. Abstract. DOI.

Journal articles

Cherrington R, Wood BM, Salaoru I, Goodship V (2016). Digital Printing of Titanium Dioxide for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of Visualized Experiments(111). DOI.
Ruth Cherrington, Darren J. Hughes, Sundaram S, Vannessa Goodship (2015). Inkjet printed TiO2 nanoparticles from aqueous solutions for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Energy Technology, 3 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Goodship V, Brzeski I, Wood BM, Cherrington R, Makenji K, Reynolds N, Gibbons GJ (2014). Gas-assisted compression moulding of recycled GMT: Effect of gas injection parameters. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 214(3), 515-523. DOI.
Cherrington R, Goodship V, Longfield A, Kirwan K (2013). The feed-in tariff in the UK: a case study focus on domestic photovoltaic systems. Renewable Energy, 50, 421-426. DOI.
Cherrington R, Goodship V, Meredith J, Wood BM, Coles SR, Vuillaume A, Feito-Boirac A, Spee F, Kirwan K (2012). Producer responsibility: Defining the incentive for recycling composite wind turbine blades in Europe. Energy Policy, 47, 13-21. DOI.

Chapters

Cherrington R, Makenji K (2019). Mechanical methods of recycling plastics from WEEE. In  (Ed) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook, 283-310.  Abstract. DOI.
Cherrington R, Goodship V (2016). Introduction to Multifunctionality and Manufacture. In  (Ed) Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing, 1-18.  Abstract. DOI.
Cherrington R, Liang J (2016). Materials and Deposition Processes for Multifunctionality. In  (Ed) Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing, 19-51.  Abstract. DOI.

Conferences

Alexander A, Boehm S, Pascucci S, Cherrington R (2020). Circular Innovations: Sustainable Innovations, Eco-Innovations and Circular Regeneration?. the ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovating in Times of Crisis. 7th - 10th Jun 2020.
Cherrington R, Alexander A (2020). Innovation in the periphery: the case of SMEs in Cornwall. ISPIM Connects Global 2020: Celebrating the World of Innovation. 7th - 8th Dec 2020.
Goodship V, Middleton B, Fiamegkou E, Cherrington R (2017). Building in multifunctionality in plastic components: Complexity, cost and sustainability.  Abstract. DOI.

Publications by year


2020

Alexander A, Boehm S, Pascucci S, Cherrington R (2020). Circular Innovations: Sustainable Innovations, Eco-Innovations and Circular Regeneration?. the ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovating in Times of Crisis. 7th - 10th Jun 2020.
Cherrington R, Alexander A (2020). Innovation in the periphery: the case of SMEs in Cornwall. ISPIM Connects Global 2020: Celebrating the World of Innovation. 7th - 8th Dec 2020.

2019

Cherrington R, Makenji K (2019). Mechanical methods of recycling plastics from WEEE. In  (Ed) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Handbook, 283-310.  Abstract. DOI.

2017

Goodship V, Middleton B, Fiamegkou E, Cherrington R (2017). Building in multifunctionality in plastic components: Complexity, cost and sustainability.  Abstract. DOI.

2016

Cherrington R, Wood BM, Salaoru I, Goodship V (2016). Digital Printing of Titanium Dioxide for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of Visualized Experiments(111). DOI.
Cherrington R, Goodship V (2016). Introduction to Multifunctionality and Manufacture. In  (Ed) Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing, 1-18.  Abstract. DOI.
Cherrington R, Liang J (2016). Materials and Deposition Processes for Multifunctionality. In  (Ed) Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing, 19-51.  Abstract. DOI.

2015

Goodship V, Middleton B, Cherrington R (2015). Design and Manufacture of Plastic Components for Multifunctionality: Structural Composites, Injection Molding, and 3D Printing. Abstract. DOI.
Ruth Cherrington, Darren J. Hughes, Sundaram S, Vannessa Goodship (2015). Inkjet printed TiO2 nanoparticles from aqueous solutions for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Energy Technology, 3 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2014

Goodship V, Brzeski I, Wood BM, Cherrington R, Makenji K, Reynolds N, Gibbons GJ (2014). Gas-assisted compression moulding of recycled GMT: Effect of gas injection parameters. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 214(3), 515-523. DOI.

2013

Cherrington R, Goodship V, Longfield A, Kirwan K (2013). The feed-in tariff in the UK: a case study focus on domestic photovoltaic systems. Renewable Energy, 50, 421-426. DOI.

2012

Cherrington R, Goodship V, Meredith J, Wood BM, Coles SR, Vuillaume A, Feito-Boirac A, Spee F, Kirwan K (2012). Producer responsibility: Defining the incentive for recycling composite wind turbine blades in Europe. Energy Policy, 47, 13-21. DOI.