Our materials research covers a wide range of activities from the nano- to the macro- scale.
We utilise state-of-the-art techniques and facilities for:
- deposition (e.g. thin films of new electronic and magnetic materials by pulsed laser ablation)
- micromachining (e.g. femtosecond laser etching of microfluidic circuits)
- characterisation (e.g. new types of thermoelectric materials)
- theory and modelling (e.g. mechanical properties of nanostructured composites)
- non-destructive testing (e.g. acoustic emission of aerospace components, microwave spectroscopy)
- applications (e.g. textured insulators for high voltage systems, new types of orthopaedic implants).
Around a quarter of our staff are engaged in materials research of one kind or another, emphasising the underlying importance in engineering research, and this research stream has been established to provide a both a forum and focus for these activities.
We are currently engaged on research projects in the materials area with a wide range of multinational companies, such as Tata Steel, Airbus, Qinetiq and Merck.