Functional Materials encompasses all materials types including inorganic, organic, hybrid and nano materials, soft matter and interfaces with specific functions such as:
Adaptive materials which are used in technologies such as sensors, actuators, memories and energy harvesters; these materials show a large response to small stimuli. Modelling and advanced characterisation enables us to optimise their performance and enhance their capabilities.
Electronic materials which encompass semiconductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, half metals and superconductors. Warwick research includes epitaxal growth of a range of electronic materials; fabrication of devices from the materials and demonstration of their functionality for applications in healthcare, the low-carbon economy and information processing.
Magnetic materials which are used in the creation and distribution of electricity. They are used for the storage of data, used in body scanners as well as a range of applications where they are attached to or implanted into the body. The need for efficient generation and use of electricity is dependent on improved magnetic materials and designs. Warwick has expertise in spintronics, superconductivity and molecular magnets.
Optical materials which are used in the construction of lenses, mirrors, windows, prisms, polarizers, detectors, and modulators. These materials serve to refract, reflect, transmit, disperse, polarize, detect and transform light, they have applications in photonics and advanced optical technologies.