Far-reaching, innovative research in engineering and science that will help us to advance our understanding and develop new technologies to create a more sustainable world for future generations. Find out more from the case studies below:


Scientist holding car battery

Making car batteries more reliable and calculable

Researchers from Imperial's Energy Futures Lab are working to decarbonise the UK transport system; monitoring batteries once installed in electric vehicles can be difficult, but our scientists and engineers may have a solution.

Photovoltaic solar cells

Converting light into electricity

Photovoltaic systems generate electricity from light. QuantaSol, a company spun-out from Imperial research, developed unique technology in the area of solar photovoltaics, delivering greater conversion efficiency, along with better spectral performance than competing cells.



Researchers from Plasmonics and Metamaterials have developed the Invisibility Cloak, which completely hides objects from electromagnetic probes; light is guided around the object to emerge travelling in the same direction on the other side, giving the illusion of perfect transparency.


The Mazarin Chest

Metamaterials and transformation optics

Pivotal research from Imperial’s Chemistry department is now universally recognised as changing the working practice of conservators and curators and is now well established in the teaching and mentoring of heritage organisations around the world, including the Getty Museum, the British Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Find out more about Chemistry's work on the Mazarin Chest

Quantum dots

Nanoco - quantum dots

Nanoco Ltd is one of just three companies in the world able to produce quantum dots – an extremely rare material that sells for $2m per kilogramme. Quantum dots have applications in backlighting for electronic displays (such as TVs, computer screens, tablets and smartphones), LED general lighting and thin film solar cells.

Find out more about Nanoco's research into quantum dots

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Plaxica - Transformational lactic acid technology

Biopolymers are large molecules present in living organisms made up of many repeated components, such as DNA or proteins. Plaxica is developing a new generation of low cost biopolymers derived from renewable resources that are 100% bio-based, have a lower environmental footprint and are fully recyclable.

Find out more about Plaxica's research into biopolymers


QuantaSol's photovoltaic technology

QuantaSol - Photovoltaic solar cells

Using their unique, patented technology, QuantaSol manufactured world-leading photovoltaic technology, delivering greater conversion efficiency, along with better spectral performance than competing cells. QuantaSol was awarded Guardian CleanTech Top 100 awards in 2008 and 2009.

Find out more about QuantaSol's research into photovoltaic technology

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Bio Nano Consulting

The company is the first consultancy in Europe to focus on the increasingly important intersection between bio- and nanotechnology, facilitating the development and commercialisation of new biomedical and nanotechnology-based techniques.

Find out more about Bio Nano Consulting