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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:


Future materials

Our multidisciplinary group is coordinating research across engineering to support the development of the new materials required to underpin future technology developments.

Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Nanoscience and nanoengineering

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

Modern road under construction

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.

Electric vehicle charging

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.

Multiphysics Mechanics

Multiphysics mechanics

Multiphysics mechanics uses a multidisciplinary approach to the modelling and simulation of new engineering materials and systems for a wide range of applications.

Healthy living and ageing

Healthy living and ageing

Healthy living and ageing research aims to understand and support studies on longevity and well-being from genetic, molecular and cellular factors and processes.

Student studying Engineering model

Urban intelligence

Urban intelligence research aims to pave the way in rethinking the built environment and improve sustainability, resilience and service quality.