Centre for Materials and Structures

Materials and structures research

Towards more sustainable engineering...

The Centre for Materials & Structures exists to meet the global demand for cost effective, sustainable materials and structures in industries such as transport, medicine, energy production and the built environment.

We are internationally known in many fields of research and technology, including microscopy, manufacturing process design, biomedical materials and functional materials.

Discovering novel materials and structures

Our research and development programme involves prestigious external partners and benefits from a recent £8m investment in  facilities for materials characterisation, synthesis and processing.

Current work includes Biomechanics research with the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences to develop new materials for novel ocular devices; and nano-technology projects within fields such as IT and solar energy.

Research specialisms

We have a sizeable and expanding group of research specialists. Here are some of our key themes:

  • Nanostructured functional materials
  • structural materials and mechanics for optimum structural design
  • explosion resistance and impact loading
  • materials degradation at high temperatures