Research themes

We provide a multidisciplinary approach to metallic systems, from Technology Readiness Levels 1-7, across the whole product life cycle. Our research themes are supported by the wide skills base of our academic team and industrial collaborators.

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Our research spans raw materials to semi-finished products, forming, joining, surface engineering and functionalisation, the application of computer modelling and data analytics, in-service performance, environmental degradation, and recycling.


See our published peer-reviewed papers on our Google Scholar page


Our students undertake research in these themes:

Nano-, micro- and meso-scale physical processes

Advancing the fundamental understanding of how nano-, micro- and meso-scale physical processes and microstructures control properties. This is to radically improve industrial processes and advance techniques of modelling and process simulation.

Development of new innovative materials and processing routes

Development of new innovative materials and processing routes through high risk transformative technologies. This is to facilitate step changes in performance, cost savings and increased efficiency.

Addressing challenges in energy and sustainability

Addressing challenges in energy and sustainability by the development of advanced metallic solutions and manufacturing technologies for nuclear power, reduced CO2 emissions and renewable energy. 

For example, this is achieved through advances in high temperature next generation steam turbines, novel alloys, ultra-efficient diesel and aero engines, weight reduction in transport applications, and the corrosion protection of off-shore wind farms.

Development of novel coatings and surface treatments

Development of novel coatings and surface treatments to protect new light alloys and hybrid structures in hostile environments, to reduce the environmental impact of chemical treatments, to add value and increase functionality.

Innovation with hybrid structures

Innovation with hybrid structures by developing techniques for incorporating metals into more efficient multi-material systems with polymers, laminates, foams, and composites.

Reduction of environmental impact

Reduction of environmental impact through lower energy processing and new materials that address the technical challenges associated with resource efficiency and recyclability.

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EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

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The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.