The Economist speaks with Professor Lastoskie on materials science and Life Cycle Assessment

Professor Christian Lastoskie was recently quoted by The Economist in an article in Technology Quarterly titled, “New Materials for Manufacturing.”

“Some firms use a process called life-cycle assessment (LCA) to work out environmental impacts. ‘The idea is to evaluate, cradle to grave, a product or service,’” Lastoskie told the Economist. “LCA used to be carried out when a product had been on the market for a while and plenty of data were available. Now it can be done in advance with computer modelling. That means making and testing a number of assumptions about a new material or process, but the analysis can be a useful guide to possible environmental concerns and help a company with its selection of materials, Lastoskie explains.”

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