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Nano-materials and composites

Nano-materials and composites is a highly interdisciplinary theme which consists of four main working groups, each based around experienced researchers with an international profile. The work in each group is a balance of pure and applied research, strongly supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Union Sixth Framework Programme.

Research themes

The research working groups and their research areas are:

  • Theoretical and applied mechanics
    • Granular materials
    • Fracture mechanics
    • Auxetics
    • Solid polymer foams
  • Molecular electronics and photonics
    • Design and synthesis of liquid crystals and electronic polymers
    • Processing and device applications of commercial optical and electronic materials
  • Constructional materials and sustainable technology
    • Properties, application and durability of concrete, masonry and other constructional materials
    • Sustainability, recycling and reuse of waste materials
  • Industrial control research
    • Automotive engineering
    • Avionics and space systems
    • Autonomous systems
    • Control engineering
  • Environmental remediation
    • Monitoring trace contaminants in the environment: pre-concentration, clean-up and analysis with liquid or gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry
    • Development, characterisation and testing porous materials; composites; nanoparticles and nanocomposites for remediation water, soil and air or recovery of valuable resources
    • Functionalisation of waste materials for their use in improving the environment.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Theme Leader, Professor Tao Zhang.

For more details on Environmental remediation, please contact Dr Rosa Busquets.

Academic staff

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
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