We have a strong focus on research and our postgraduate research students have access to leading technologies and the opportunity to gain industry experience within our related research centres.
What we are researching
We have a number of research areas within each of the Department's seven research centres and groups.
- Biomedical signal processing
- Biosensors and labs on chips
- Cerebrospinal fluid dynamics
- Computer models of the eye
- Dielectrophoresis and tissue engineering
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Human movement and virtual reality
- Neural interfacing
- Osseointegration and orthopaedic implant design
- Shock wave therapy for the treatment of connective tissue conditions
- Acoustic emission sensors for monitoring composites
- Ceramic water electrolysis catalysis
- Embedded piezoelectric energy harvesters
- ENergy Harvester for AutoNomous Commercial Electronic Devices
- Environmental nanodetector
- MASSIVE Functional Materials
- Novel Strategies to Detect and Mitigate the Emergence of AMR in Zoonotic Pathogens
- Sustainable cleaning of ceramic powders
Surface and interfaces reactions
- A novel in-line X-ray monochromator for XPS spectrometers
- Characterisation of functional metal oxide thin films
- Conversion coatings for aluminium alloys
- Interfacial aspects of glass/polymer systems
- Large area deposition of functional thin film materials
- Nanocomposite reinforcements for polymer matrix composites
- Nanostructures TiO2 and TiON photcatalytic membranes for water treatment
- Surface and bulk characterisation of cadmium zinc telluride
- The adhesion of organic coatings to hot dipped galvanised steel and other coil stock
- The degradation mechanisms of carbon/carbon composite heat shield materials for spacecraft applications
- The interfacial chemistry of polyurethane/isocyanate metal interactions
- The surface chemistry of hot dipped galvanised steel
Find a course
Our students have the opportunity to spend four years in industry via our unique Engineering Doctorate programme.
Funding information:Each PhD studentship will cover fees (at home fees rate) and living costs (at normal EPSRC stipend). Although applications from overseas students will be considered, such students will have to pay their own the difference between overseas fees and home fees (as the studentship covers home fees only).
High temperature materials research for antenna applications
Funding information:Stipend of £19,900 per year – all fees met by the University.
Vehicle dynamics controllers and observers for all-terrain driving applications
Funding information:The student will receive a yearly stipend of £15000. Additional funding is available for equipment and participation in International conferences.
Centre for Doctoral Training
We host a prestigious EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies (MiNMaT) which offers the Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD course that combines industrially-relevant research with a taught element.
The Centre supports research engineers whilst they are based both at their sponsors organisation and here on campus over their four years.
What our students say
Read our student profiles to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.
We have facilities for surface analysis instrumentation, electron microscopy services and materials and structures characterisation, with testing from the nano- to macro-scales.