Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science has a primary role in the technological context of making and utilising advanced materials

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Our research is increasingly focused on producing and exploiting advanced materials.

Such materials have new or improved structural or functional properties, and have applications across a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, electronics and pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, security, and energy. The development of new technologies to advance the processing and engineering of traditional and new materials is consequently of paramount importance for a number of industrial sectors, reflecting societal needs for innovation, improved standards, and low-cost production methods.

Our achievements in Materials Science and Engineering includes the discovery of the amorphous film silicon transistor which led directly to the development of Liquid Crystal Display technology. This is used in flat screen televisions, solar panels, and mobile devices

Our vision is founded on a belief that the behaviour of materials should be studied in a fundamentally comparative way. We are convinced that the intelligent use of materials requires a sound appreciation of the strong links between current and future manufacturing processes and the fundamental properties of materials. Our members have a wide ranging expertise including materials physics and chemistry, optical physics, and materials surface engineering.

Academic lead

Qi Zhao

Chair of Materials Science and Engineering
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Core academic staff