Our research

Our interdisciplinary research is operated through a flexible system of research groups, each led by a member of staff who is an internationally recognised leader in the field.

Low carbon energy

The School has a history of pre-eminence in sustainable energy research, ranging from fundamental investigations of bioenergy systems to socioeconomic analysis of energy infrastructure and policy.

Industrial biotechnology

Has strong links with industry as well as small and medium enterprises and develops the biotechnological foundations for developing economic solutions based on sustainable natural resources.

Clean combustion

Builds on our School’s long-established leadership in combustion research, now focusing on reducing fossil fuel emissions and minimising the environmental impact of combustion of renewable fuels, e.g., biodiesel and wood.

Complex systems and processes

This group works on a wide range of applications, from the formulation of consumer products and pharmaceuticals to fine chemicals manufacture, catalyst design for environmental applications, enhanced oil recovery and nuclear fuel recycling.

Functional materials, products and devices

This group focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of novel products, including carbon, electroceramics, novel and rapidly solidified alloys, steels, photonic materials and increasingly also soft materials such as pharmaceutical and consumer product formulations.

Applied photon science

Using state-of-the-art laser and X-ray facilities this group manufactures and characterises novel photonic devices, as well photon-assisted processes. Applications include sensors for personalised medicine, and energy-efficient photocatalytic processes water treatment.

Waste management and resource recovery

Focuses on recycling valuable resources, ranging from wastewater processing via industrial and farm wastes to spent nuclear fuels.