Responsible engineering: Transition to Zero Pollution
The Department of Materials is committed to responsible engineering and working towards sustainable net-zero goals.
This goal influences our research in all areas, whether we are working towards more sustainable forms of energy, transport, healthcare or technologies.
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 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.