Materials and engineering research at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is extremely strong, producing internationally leading outputs and attracting significant funding income from a variety of prestigious sources.

Our wide ranging and cross and multidisciplinary collaborative research clusters are:

Material Culture and Heritage

This cluster explores research in:

  • the culture and history of decorative materials
  • contemporary artwork production techniques
  • novel scientific probes of historical techniques and materials used in artworks and artefacts informing preservation
  • innovations in the design of decorative and technological products including those which also promote sustainability
  • materials anthropology and the socialisation of materials innovations
  • curation, conservation and interpretative methods for materials collections including Nottingham Lace.

This highly multidisciplinary research theme encompasses the research of fine artists and practitioners, designers and product designers, historians, social scientists, and physical scientists.

View Material Culture and Heritage groups and centres.

Materials Use in Buildings and Products

Encompassing research on building and architectural materials, advanced textiles and fabrics, material flows, energy efficiency, sustainable materials and consumption and socialising innovations.

Functional and Smart Materials

Research focusing on nanomaterials, biomaterials and biomimetics, anti-microbial materials, electronic textiles and complex fluids.

Materials for Health and Wellbeing

Looking into biomedical materials and devices, ecosystems and food security, nutritional supplements, and water and hydrology research.

Personal and Commercial Security

Exploring X-ray security imaging and anti-counterfeiting materials and techniques.

The research is underpinned by cutting-edge expertise and facilities:

  • Materials Synthesis, Processing and Device Fabrication
  • Advanced Analysis, Imaging and Sensing Techniques
  • Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation.

We have strong partnerships with industry. These collaborations help with the commercial exploitation of our innovative research to produce economic impact and benefits for society. Our world-class research is enhanced by a vibrant community of UK and International Postgraduate Researchers who have access to support and focused training provided in collaboration with the NTU Doctoral School. The work of the Centre for Innovation in Materials and Engineering benefits from high-tech facilities, and from our extensive national and international collaborations.

Materials researchers were included in our highly rated submission to UoA B15 in the recent REF2014 external independent assessment of the quality of research at all UK Universities. This submission was judged as including 84% of overall activity at the highest 3* (internationally excellent) and 4* (world-leading) grades. Under the "Impact" category, judging the quality of our publications, the Unit achieved an impressive ranking of joint 7th out of 62 (ranking by GPA, Times Higher Educational Supplement, 18 Dec 2014), with 94.6% of publications at three-star and four-star levels.

Materials Research Coordinator: Professor Carl Brown


Published on 19 September 2017

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