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The Imaging, Materials, Engineering and Computational (iMEC) Research Centre

Unit(s) of assessment: General Engineering

Research theme: Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials

School: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment


Research Contact: Dr Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis

The Imaging, Materials, Engineering and Computational (iMEC) Research Centre consists of four Research Groups:

The Imaging and Sensing research group encompasses world-leading research in techniques that include X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, optical coherence tomography as well as plasmonics, imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, photonics, near-field acoustic holography, vibrometry, and liquid/solid interface science..

Advanced Materials is a group that investigates, develops and designs materials for a diverse range of applications using the breadth of the sciences in its discipline mix. These include electronic and photonic materials, bio-functional/ derived and inspired materials and multi-functional materials synthesis and properties, nanotechnologies.

Human Performance and Experience is a newly formed group that will focus on how engineering can improve the function of individuals by an improved and optimised environment as well as by enhancing human physiology. This incorporates research in biomechanical engineering, ergonomic design, sports engineering and biomimetics. The innovative aspects of this group in utilising engineering, design and ergonomics aim to make this a unique feature of the Research Centre. The work involves design of vehicles, sports apparel, medical devices and will grow as new staff are recruited to join and expand this group.

The Computation and Simulation research group activity consists of finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, bioinformatics applications to engineering, theoretical chemistry The group is fundamental, as the modelling of non-biological and biological systems from cells to organs underpins a range of projects and areas in the School and Institution, complementing the research in Bioinformatics (Biomedical Sciences Research Centre). It is a key area in the Department of Engineering and the recruitment of Simpson, who has strong links with ANSYS, a world leader in finite element modelling and computational fluid dynamics, is expected to lead to development of new computational modelling packages for bespoke applications.