Next generation materials Faculty of Engineering & Science

New materials for new applications

Materials make up the modern world around us, from the concrete in buildings and bridges to the advanced carbon fibres and ceramics in high-performance cars and even to the nanoparticles in self-cleaning bricks. Materials research is changing how we design, build and use new products.

For example, our research work includes a focus on increasing science-based understanding of electronics manufacturing processes and materials. It identifies, explores and develops suitable assembly and packaging technologies to meet the challenges of miniaturisation facing the electronics industry and to support virtual development of new and low cost electronic products.

Materials research in the Faculty also overlaps extensively with our research in Sustainability, specifically through research and development of stabilisation/solidification (s/s) systems. Our work includes the beneficial re-use of waste CO2 gas in the treatment (by carbonation) of contaminated soil and waste has resulted in the first commercial production of artificial aggregates. The aggregates were awarded the UK's Best Recycled Product for 2013, and are used in the world's first ever carbon negative building block, manufactured by Ligancite in Suffolk.


Topics covered by this research theme include (but are not limited to):

  • Self-repair and self-healing, e.g. concrete
  • Stabilisation/solidification systems
  • Lowering ambient CO2
  • Novel applications, e.g. biomedical
  • Durability and longevity
  • Corrosion and maintenance
  • Reducing the use of hazardous materials

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