Allan Scott joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Aspiring Materials in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has more than 20 years of engineering experience in industry and academic research and his work has mainly been focused on the development of low carbon and sustainable binder systems for concrete. As a founding director at Aspiring Materials, Allan is primarily responsible for the development and testing of the product they are developing as a partial replacement for Portland cement.
Aspiring Materials has developed a mineral refining process to transform magnesium-rich rocks into a wide variety of products capable of offsetting up to three tons of CO2 for every ton of rock. These products are needed for the green energy transition that is occurring worldwide. Through the Fellows program, Aspiring Materials plans to scale its technology for a pilot plant that will provide the foundation for global industrial operations.
Allan studied civil engineering and management at McMaster University in Canada before completing a master’s and doctorate in concrete materials at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Allan is an associate professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Who has had the greatest impact on your career path?
I have had many amazing teachers and mentors over the years, all of whom have helped shape me and impact my career. One in particular was my eighth-grade French teacher, who taught me how to study effectively for the first time.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
One piece of advice that was given to me and is likely applicable for many technology-focused organizations is: “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.”
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