Research facilities

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to some outstanding research facilities which contribute to the excellent research activities within the Department and the wider faculty, and are available for use by external organisations. 

Midas facility

MidasEstablished to provide academic, public and private sector organisations with access to state of the art equipment to support world leading research in the management and disposal of radioactive wastes from the nuclear fuel cycle. Website

Sorby Centre for Electron Microscopy and MicroanalysisSorby Centre for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis

The centre applies advanced transmission and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the microstructure and chemistry of materials. The Sorby Centre is pleased to under take microanalysis for external customers to any standard required allowing complete structural and microstructural characterisation of materials from the micro to the nanoscale. Read more.

Characterisation Small Research Facility (SRF)

CharacterisationThe Characterisation SRF specialises in thermal analysis, particle characterisation and molecular spectroscopy. The facility is able to offer a bespoke service to external customers. Read more.

XRD Research Facility

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory

As one of the UK’s leading diffraction-based research facilities, we specialise in advanced characterisation of a wide array of solid state materials, including ceramics, cements, refractories, metals and glasses. The XRD Research Facility also offers a range of bespoke consultancy services to both university and industrial partners. Read more.