Our Group consists of about 20 PhD students, postdocs, technicians and academic staff. We do experiments in recently refurbished labs with state-of-the-art kit for atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, NMR imaging and profiling, and thermo-mechanical analysis. We also carry out computations on a shared server.
We have a strong reputation for research. We regularly publish our results in leading international journals, such as Physical Review Letters and Advanced Materials, and our work has been highlighted in Science and Nature. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the majority of the Group's research was classified as either world leading or internationally excellent.
We have numerous international collaborations in Europe including; Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Lausanne and the USA including; Texas and North Carolina, and we regularly host visitors from labs around the world.
We organise a programme of stimulating seminars given by top scientists. Some of our recent graduates and former postdocs are now university lecturers. Others are research scientists in industry, such as Unilever and AWE.