Nanoscience and nanotechnology

How can we create advanced materials for future technologies?

Quantum computer circuitboard

Elucidating material properties at the molecular and atomic scale allows us to design novel materials and create new nanoscale devices.

Our understanding is being translated into solar energy harvesting technologies, photonics and semiconductor quantum devices for ultra-secure communication as well as new polymers and other compounds for industry and healthcare.


We have a total of £19 million in grant income in this area. This success is mediated by world-class facilities and an interconnected network of interdisciplinary institutes and centres including:

Polymer Centre

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Quantum Centre

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Flagship institutes

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