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.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and Nanomaterials and Technologies
Centre for Automotive Engineering
Surface and Interfaces Reactions Group
- The adhesion of organic coatings to hot dipped galvanised steel and other coil stock
- Surface and bulk characterisation of cadmium zinc telluride
- The degradation mechanisms of carbon/carbon composite heat shield materials for spacecraft applications
- Interfacial aspects of glass/polymer systems
- The interfacial chemistry of polyurethane/isocyanate metal interactions
- Conversion coatings for aluminium alloys
- The surface chemistry of hot dipped galvanised steel
- Nanocomposite reinforcements for polymer matrix composites
- Nanostructures TiO2 and TiON photcatalytic membranes for water treatment
- Large area deposition of functional thin film materials
- Characterisation of functional metal oxide thin films
- A novel in-line X-ray monochromator for XPS spectrometers.
Functional NanoMaterials group
- ENergy Harvester for AutoNomous Commercial Electronic Devices
- Environmental nanodetector
- Novel Strategies to Detect and Mitigate the Emergence of AMR in Zoonotic Pathogens
- Ceramic water electrolysis catalysis
- Sustainable cleaning of ceramic powders
- Acoustic emission sensors for monitoring composites
- Embedded piezoelectric energy harvesters
- MASSIVE Functional Materials.
Centre for Biomedical Engineering
- Human movement and virtual reality
- Biomedical signal processing
- Biosensors and labs on chips
- Dielectrophoresis and tissue engineering
- Cerebrospinal fluid dynamics
- Shock wave therapy for the treatment of connective tissue conditions
- Osseointegration and orthopaedic implant design
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Neural interfacing
- Computer models of the eye.
Find a course
Our students have the opportunity to spend four years in industry via our unique Engineering Doctorate course.
Enhancing the performance of ceramic armour and protective coatings
Funding information:A tax-free stipend of £16,000 per year will be provided over the 3 year duration of the PhD. The studentship will also cover UK university fees. There will be an opportunity to receive further payments for teaching duties undertaken in the department.
Multiscale modelling of lithium-sulfur batteries
Funding information:The Surrey’s Centre for Automotive Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, is offering a PhD studentship which will cover home fees and normal EPSRC stipend (currently £14, 553 a year).
Reinforcement learning control for autonomous systems
Funding information:Funded EU and UK students only. Covers home fees and normal EPSRC stipend (currently £14553/year). All students may apply for this research project, but the full funding is guaranteed for UK and EU students.
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.