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Unit(s) of assessment: General Engineering

Research theme: Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials

School: School of Science and Technology


The Innovations in Surfaces, Materials and Related Technologies (iSMART) research group brings together expertise and facilities across a range of science and engineering disciplines to provide an extensive toolbox for collaborative research opportunities aligned to the needs of industry. Technologies include thin film deposition, electrospinning, nanospray, extreme ultra-violet lamp and laser materials processing, surface engineering and material process technologies.

iSMART Researchers are actively involved in the technologies of nanofibre synthesis, microstructure engineering, materials for displays and low temperature electronics, visual display characterisation, thin film device fabrication and characterisation, and laser processing of materials. Additional areas of interest include plasmonic structures, and the use of phosphors for sensors.


Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:

Working with us

Nottingham Trent University has established iSMART to provide the manufacturing and advanced materials industry with the facilities, expertise and resources to assist with innovation, research and development of surfaces, materials and related technologies. iSMART can provide you with:

Industry related training, research and expertise
Our team of iSMART specialists has relevant, up-to-date, practical industry experience and research skills and can work with you to develop your ideas, or to provide your team with the skills and knowledge to support your own innovation strategies.

Assisting start-up and spin-out companies
The iSMART team has close relationships with a number of specialist East Midlands incubation hubs, including BioCity, MediCity and Inntropy. Not only can we assist with researching and developing your ideas, but also with taking the first steps to building a thriving business in a vibrant and supportive scientific community.

How you can support iSMART

Only by working together can we create the required skills and job opportunities to ensure the continued development and future prosperity of the UK advanced materials and high value manufacturing industries. NTU is committed to providing graduates with the right skills for modern industry and we are always looking for partners to provide employment and research opportunities for our students.

Provide a work placement

We have high quality undergraduate students who are looking for work experience in a relevant industry to help embed the knowledge gained through their course of study. By offering a short term, or year-long work placement, your organisation gains a valuable and knowledgeable member of staff with up-to-date knowledge and skills – you also get your pick of the best students before they graduate.

Offer a postgraduate research project

If you have an idea for a new product or process, but lack the internal resources to carry out the research, you might consider employing an NTU postgraduate student to help with your research. Our students, trained on the latest equipment and with access to our superb facilities, can undertake your research project, supported by a member of our academic team.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about iSMART or talk to us about a specific project, then please get in touch
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8334



The iSMART Research Laboratories at the Clifton campus offer a range of materials deposition, processing and characterisation services to industry and academia.

  • Class 100 clean room
  • RF magnetron sputtering
  • Thin film metrology
  • Electrospinning facility
  • Luminescent characterisation
  • Excimer laser processing and patterning
  • Electrical characterisation of materials
  • Microstructure patterning
  • Electron microscopy

Contact: Dr. Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis