Materials research themes
The Department of Materials at Imperial College London has over 35 full-time academic staff, approximately 65 research assistants, and a population of over 130 postgraduate research students. The Department is a recognised leader in UK materials research and is the number one recipient of EPSRC funding for Materials.
Biomaterials and tissue engineering
Much of our work focuses on materials that can stimulate beneficial biological responses from the body, such as the stimulation of tissue repair
Ceramics and glasses
We have a particular expertise in thermo-mechanical testing including nanoindentation and outstanding thermal analysis
Our research team explores the behaviour, processing and performance of materials for industries such as aerospace and nuclear power generation
Exploring materials which possess particular native properties and functions of their own, such as ferroelectricity, magnetism or energy storage
Nanotechnology and nanoscale characterisation
Focusing on the design and construction of materials and devices with molecular and atomic precision, at wide ranging dimensions
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 superb 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 is involved in a range of inter-disciplinary initiatives and Research Centres here at Imperial. The Department of Materials has enviable 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.