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Mark  Tyrer  is  a  cement  chemist  and  geochemist  with  interests  in  resource  efficiency  and  environmental protection.  He is currently Professor of Geomaterials and Executive Director of the Faculty Research Centre at Coventry University (appointed December 2016) After  completing  his  Ph.D.  in  blended  Portland-slag  cement  hydration  chemistry,  he  worked  for  a  small consulting practice (construction materials) and taught chemistry and materials science in Birmingham (F.E. sector) before undertaking post doctoral research at the University of Birmingham and then joining W.S. Atkins in 1990. His work at Atkins was largely environmental, focusing on cement-groundwater-rock-waste  interactions  for  both  the  nuclear  and  non-nuclear  sectors.  In  1996,  he  took  up  a Fellowship at Imperial College, London, where he continued to develop work in these areas, being appointed as  Research  Manager  in  2000  for  the Faraday  Partnership  between,  Imperial,  Cambridge  and  Birmingham universities. This work sought to  develop means by which industrial competitiveness could be increased by efficient  use  of  resources  in  the  UK  and  formed  the Resource  Efficiency  and  Environmental  Knowledge Transfer Network (now part of Innovate UK). Whilst at Imperial, he conducted industrial research in cement science, novel sorbents, mineral processing and resource-recovery, has contributed to several books and five patents.  He  was  promoted  to Senior  Research  Fellow  in  the Department  of  Civil  and  Environmental Engineering, a position he still holds as an academic visitor. During his Fellowship, he taught in Egypt at the Tabbin Institute  (Helwan,  Cairo)  under  the University  of  London  External  Programme  on  a  joint  M.Eng. course in Materials Science and Engineering and is a Registered Examiner for the University of London. Whilst at Imperial, he was also appointed as an  External Lecturer at  the University of Greenwich, where he taught for several years on the M.Sc. in Geomaterials.  In  2003  he  set  up  an  independent  consulting  practice,  through  which  he  worked  as Research  Manager  for MIRO  (the Mineral  Industry  Research  Organisation)  acting  on  behalf  of  commercial  clients  in  a  range  of technical and advisory capacities, including BP; Shell; Britannia Refined Metals; Health and Safety Executive; Castle  Cements;  Tarmac  Quarry  Products  Ltd,;  Tarmac  Southern  Ltd.;  Tobermore  Ltd.; The National  Physical Laboratory;  Westminster  Abbey  (Cosmati  Pavement  Committee)  and  others.  He  is a  Company  Associate  of four commercial organisations in the UK, working on a range of materials and mineral related problems.  In 2007 he was appointed as a Principal Research Fellow at the CO2 Centre, University College, London, where he worked on molten salt technology for low-energy cement synthesis and mineral refining. He was appointed as a Director of the Association of Consulting Scientists in 2010. He currently serves on the British  Standards  committee  B/516  (Cements)  and  on  the Concrete  Society  Expert  Working  Group  on  the Analysis of Hardened Concrete. In addition, he is a former chairman of the Construction Materials Group of the Society of Chemical Industry and current Chairman of the Cementitious Materials Group at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Mark Tyrer was appointed as visiting Professor of Construction Materials at Coventry University in 2008 and received the IOM3 Pfeil award (2011) for work there on CO2 reduction in the cement industry. Mark Tyrer was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1993, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in 2003, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2013  and  to  the  Min.  Soc.  Council  in  2014.  He  is  a  Chartered  Scientist (C.Sci.  Science  Council  Registration MIN/126/000004). In 2015, he was elected as a member of the Mathematics Advisory Panel at the National Physical Laboratory with whom he has worked for fifteen years. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Aston University

1 Sep 19852 Apr 1992

Award Date: 22 Jul 1992

MSc, University of Salford

1 Sep 19831 Jun 1985

Award Date: 10 Jul 1985

Degree, University of Liverpool

1 Sep 197930 Jun 1982

Award Date: 1 Jul 1982

External positions

Hon. Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

5 Sep 2010 → …

Chairman, Cementitious Materials Group, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

5 Sep 2010 → …

Director, Association of Consulting Scientists Ltd

1 Jun 2010 → …

Council Member, Mineralogical Sciety of Great Britain and Ireland

31 Dec 1800 → …


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