Our six research themes aim to help us achieve our goals.
Typically, we make something, we use it and then we dispose of it. This is a linear economy. We want to change that. A circular economy extends the amount of time a resource is used. We aim to make the most of a product while in use and then regenerate it so it can be used again. This is hugely important as globally we try to become more sustainable.
This theme combines the study of engineering, chemistry and physics. Our aim is produce innovative advanced materials. We want our technologies to be used in a variety of industrial applications. These range from sensors and coatings, to food and personal care.
Our future materials themes aim to address the global issues of industrial and societal needs. We work together at the multiple stages of future materials. This includes digital design, manufacture, scale-up, applications and recyclability. We focus on manufacturing innovations and materials developments.
Our research looks at how living cells and/or their enzymes can create industrial products. These products will be more degradable, use less energy and create less waste. They can also be better performing than products created using chemicals.
Industry and society are changing. We have more smart digital, autonomous and intelligent technologies. To make the most of these changes, we must consider other factors. For example, changes in human skills and in our working environment.
This theme emphasises the role of social and humanities research. This work is vital to ensure innovation in manufacturing. It is important to think about the effect of manufacturing on society.