Research groupings

Much of the School's research is multidisciplinary, and students from a variety of science and engineering backgrounds, such as physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, can apply their first degree to a project dealing with important real-life issues. The research is industry-driven, finding direct application in meeting the needs of the School's industrial partners.

The School's research is organised into seven research groupings, although research projects often involve researchers in other groups, other schools, other universities and industry.



The development of new materials from their chemical synthesis to their medical use for the evaluation, treatment, or replacement of tissues, organs or other functions of the body.


Ceramics and Inorganics

The processing, characterisation and applications of structural and functional ceramic materials, both as bulk materials and as thick and thin film coatings.


Corrosion and Protection

The control of corrosion and the understanding of materials deterioration in order to improve the reliability, performance and sustainability of all materials in service.


Design, Fashion, Business

An industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management.


Engineering and Process Metallurgy

The design, processing, forming, modelling and joining of metals, alloys and metallic composites for advanced engineering applications.


Polymers, Composites and Carbon

The control of synthesis and processing, and the effects of structure and morphology, on physical properties and applications of polymeric materials, including nano-carbons such as graphene.


Textile Technology

The inherent flexibility and versatility of fibres allow the development of novel products for applications in medicine, sportswear, filtration, geotextiles, personal-protection clothing, and construction and packaging materials.

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