Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation

Our research focuses on designing, processing and characterising materials; understanding the underlying material science and taking into account sustainability and socio-economic aspects

Research Overview

Materials science and engineering research for applications such as renewable energy converters, structural engineering, separation technology and biomedical devices.

Specific material areas covered:

  • Composite Materials

  • Polymers

  • Inorganic Materials

  • Nanomaterials

  • Materials Synthesis

  • Snow and Ice

  • Materials at Extreme Conditions

Research Facilities

List of Academics and Specific Research Interests

  • Dr Jane Blackford
    • Microstructure, properties and applications of materials: metals, ice and snow, polymers, tribology, surfaces & interfaces
  • Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh
    • Novel processing and mechanical properties of continuous-fibre reinforced polymer composites, Thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, Fatigue life prediction/validation, seawater ingress & fibre-matrix interface, polymerisation and chemistry, Gas permeability, crystallisation, textile production/performance
  • Dr Cher Hon Lau
    • Scale-up production of porous nanomaterials, Gas separation membranes, Organic solvent nanofiltration membranes, Porous Organic Polymers
  • Professor Xianfeng Fan
    • Development of photocatalysts  and its process, Wetting, enhanced oil/gas recovery, CO2 storage, Microwave assisted gas separation and chemical reactions, Particle technology
  • Dr Yi (Harvey) Huang
    • Porous Materials: Synthesis and Characterizations, Ultrathin Membranes/Films with Enhanced Selectivity for Challenging Separation and Gas Capture, Zeolite/MOF Nanostructures for Small Drug Molecules Adsorption, Ultra-Stable Catalysts for Efficient Bio Oil Upgrading
  • Professor Konstantin Kamenev
    • Instrumentation design for high-pressure research, Development of finite element methods for extreme environments, Properties of materials at the extremes of pressure, temperature, magnetic fields
  • Professor Vasileios Koutsos
    • Soft Materials (Polymers & Complex Fluids), Surfaces & Interfaces, Thin Polymer Films & Coatings, Polymer (Nano)Composites, Elastomers & Gels, Mechanics of Materials, Friction, Adhesion, Wetting, Surface Engineering, Material and Surface Characterisation, Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Dr Edward McCarthy
    • Design of FRP composites for impact damage reduction Improved self-sensing systems for impact damage, Benchmarking and improving fatigue performance of FRP, Micromechanics of fibre fragmentation, Reactive injection moulding of thermoplastic polymers, Ring-opening polymerisation as a route to biphasic polymer systems
  • Dr Frank Mill
    • Modelling and managing the entire life of a product from its design and development through manufacturing, distribution, commissioning, utilisation, disposal and recycling, ECM process modelling and experimental validation
  • Dr Rupert Myers
    • Industrial ecology (material efficiency, criticality, scenarios, recycling, substitution), materials science and characterisation (cements and related materials, materials chemistry, geochemical/thermodynamic modelling, synchrotron and laboratory characterisation, waste valorisation), and data science (open science, databases, modelling)
  • Dr Norbert Radacsi
    • Nanostructured materials, (3D) electrospinning, solid electrolyte fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, tissue engineering, biosensors, nanostructured pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Dipa Roy
    • Polymers and Composite Materials, CF/PEEK Comp-ATP Processing, Toughening of brittle thermosetting composites, Dielectric heating of polymers, Demisable Basalt Composites
  • Dr George Serghiou
    • Engineering of Chemicals, Extreme Conditions, New Bulk and Nanomaterial Landscapes
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Advanced nanostructures
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