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Cross-disciplinary research

The School has established a number of cross cutting units which involve staff from across the three research themes.

These multidisciplinary areas bring together expertise from a wide range of research groups so that staff can contribute specialist knowledge to a key research field. These cross cutting research areas are priorities for governments, industry, the economy and society, both nationally and internationally and include:

Digital economy

Creating and developing techniques that will lead to an improved quality of life and a better and safer environment.


Our materials research covers a wide range of activities from the nano- to the macro- scale.

Nanoscience and nanoengineering

We are working to develop theoretical, experimental and technological innovations in nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Smart Engineering

With our partners in China and the UK we have established a Smart Engineering Research and Development Group which aims to provide a holistic approach to smart engineering.

Sustainable transport

Sustainable transport research addresses a range of low-carbon transport alongside associated infrastructures such as electricity and hydrogen to support existing systems, and to deliver the transport of the future.