Research on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable crop production.Challenges include increasing photosynthetic efficiency, weed and pest control, and novel approaches to water-use efficiency. Multidisciplinary solutions involve chemical biology, chemistry, physics, maths and water engineering.
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Low temperature and solution processed organic, metal-oxide and carbon based materials offer new technologies for the production of large area electronic, optoelectronic and photonic devices. Applications include digital displays, lighting, logistics, sensors, solar cells, and communications.
Research focuses on upgrading biomass inputs to produce valuable fuels and chemicals for everyday use, including biofuels, renewable plastics and chemical feedstocks. Synthetic Biology offers new approaches to bioremediation, fuel production, food security and threat detection.
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New materials and micro/nano devices
Research addresses the measurement, characterisation and understanding of advanced materials employing state-of-the-art instrumentation combined with theory and simulation. Materials being investigated include plastic electronics, hyrid organic-inorganic electronics, plasmonics and metamaterials.
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Re-designing chemical processes around continuous flow using new catalysts and renewable feedstocks, combined the optimization of production processes to minimise use of materials and energy, will result in a reduced environmental footprint and a significant reduction in plant capital and operating costs.