Advanced Materials, innovative materials, high value applications

Advanced materials

Liverpool leads the design of functional materials and is breaking new ground in this field.

Supported by our dynamic new Materials Innovation Factory, we are actively looking for new materials that can have large-scale applications in industrial manufacturing, healthcare and consumer products. Our leading research in the field of advanced materials influences developments in a wide range of fields from catalysis, filtration and absorption of pollutants to battery and fuel cell technology.

For example, we have introduced new classes of materials (e.g. molecular organic crystals with a high level of porosity) that enable separation of complex molecules using less energy. These advances will be important in the future for the petrochemical and chemical industries and for producing any next-generation sustainable bio-derived chemicals.

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Research activities

Transforming sulfur into an alternative to plastics

Transforming sulfur into an alternative to plastics

Our chemists are looking into whether a super material to help the world overcome its over-reliance on plastics has been hiding in plain sight.

Vector image on porous liquid structure

Industry applications of innovative new class of materials

Our scientists have created a joint-venture with colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast to advance porous liquids.

3D printer producing a product made of a black substance

Material formulation for the future of 3D printing

We are researching next-generation materials to be used in programmable ‘robocasting’ 3D printers.


The Liverpool Advantage - capabilities and facilities

Materials Innovation Factory

Materials Innovation Factory

Our Materials Innovation Factory  is a unique facility on our Liverpool campus, and one that will be at the forefront of revolutionary materials research.

Surface Science Research Centre

Surface Science Research Centre

Our interdisciplinary Surface Science Research Centre carries out research across the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Materials Science.

Leverhulme Research Centre

Leverhulme Research Centre

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Material Design aims to develop young researchers by offering PhD opportunities and external fellowships.


Meet some of our leading academics in advanced materials research:

Professor Andy Cooper

Professor Andy Cooper

Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Materials Innovation Factory

Professor Matthew Rosseinsky

Professor Matthew Rosseinsky

Professor of Chemistry

Rasmita Raval

Professor Rasmita Raval

Professor of Chemistry, Director of Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces

Professor Steve Rannard

Professor Steve Rannard

Professor of Chemistry

Professor Lopez-Sanchez

Professor Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Professor of Chemistry, Director of MicroBioRefinery

Helen Aspinall

Professor Helen Aspinall

Professor of Chemistry

Laurence Hardwick

Professor Laurence Hardwick

Professor of Electrochemistry

Mathias Brust

Professor Mathias Brust

Professor of Chemistry

Paul Chalker

Professor Paul Chalker

Professor of Materials Science

Yuyuan Zhao

Professor Yuyuan Zhao

Professor of Materials Science

Chris Sutcliffe

Professor Chris Sutcliffe

Professor of Additive Manufacturing

Karl Whittle

Professor Karl Whittle

Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Alessandro Troisi

Professor Alessandro Troisi

Professor of Chemistry