Organised into six main themes, our research covers the processing, properties and application of materials. We are ranked top five in the UK for research excellence and top ten for research output in materials science.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Understanding how materials interact with the human body and what we can do to develop new materials to improve quality of life.
Nuclear energy provides over a third of the world’s low-carbon electricity - we research how to generate power this way safely, securely and sustainably.
Functional Materials and Devices
By understanding how functional materials form and behave, we can research ways of processing them to influence their properties and how they can be applied.
Our research covers all classes of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and organic materials, and properties such as magnetism, piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity and liquid crystals.
Advanced Structural Materials
Structural materials are those used primarily for their mechanical properties - our research involves the main classes of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, as well as sustainable construction materials.