Royce academic partners, and the wider UK academic and industry community, has a vibrant, world-leading network in materials science and engineering, with excellence across the disciplinary areas required to create a vertically integrated Atoms to Devices programme. This interconnectivity is rarely seen in a single institution, and the Royce collaboration provides a unique and timely means of achieving this.
Our mission is to provide a world-class environment in which our pioneering and transformative materials research programmes flourish and to translate our research into innovations in:
- Energy: including Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, solar power and nuclear energy in close collaborations with the Departments of Earth Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
- Transport: high temperature materials for gas turbines and light-weight structural alloys and composites for both aerospace and land vehicle applications.
- Novel electronic devices: thin film structures and devices for applications in areas such as photonics, sensors, thermoelectric, optoelectrics, microwave dielectrics.
- Healthcare: on biomaterials and tissue engineering focuses on regenerative medicine and nanomaterials for biosensing applications. Researchers collaborate closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Life Sciences.
Our research is supported by a wide range of first-class facilities for materials characterisation, modelling and processing. We have a track record in acquiring new equipment, maintaining all our facilities and enabling equipment sharing. Over the last 5 years we have invested over £8M in world class processing and characterisation equipment.
Our staff are involved in a range of inter-disciplinary initiatives and Research Centres here at Imperial. The Department of Materials has history of commercialising its innovative ideas. Most importantly, the commitment and enthusiasm of our academic staff, research assistants, associates and all our students makes the Department of Materials a vibrant and stimulating environment to undertake research.
Our research themes
Research in Materials
Biomaterials and Tissues Engineering
Key biomaterials focussed activities in the Department of Materials include the development of new scaffolds for regenerative medicine, biomaterials characterisation, stem cell therapy, cell-materials interface engineering, self-assembled biomimetic copolymers and nanomaterials for biosensing applications.