Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials

Many of the future demands of healthcare will be met by new technologies, devices, diagnostics and wearables. But advanced materials are complex to develop and manufacturing costs are high.

At NTU, we're discovering innovative and cost-effective solutions. We specialise in inventing new materials and testing them, or helping other groups move their ideas forward. Combining innovative design and expertise, we're creating smart textiles, medical devices and robotics.

Find out more about Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials research at NTU, including impact case studies and information on groups and centres, by searching our research.

Some of the challenges we are focusing on

  • How can we improve quality of life?

    From health outcomes and patient care, to product development and food safety, our Biomedical Science Research Centre is making an impact in a variety of critical areas.

    Our wealth of researching this area further understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of health and disease. As a result, this allows us to develop solutions that could improve thousands of lives.

    Not only do we have top facilities to solve complex challenges, we're supported by our global partners and backed by a range of funding. The centre also works closely with the next generation of researchers from the NTU Doctoral School

  • Can we use virtual environments to promote social inclusion?

    Our Interactive Systems Research Group (ISRG) connects experts from health psychology, contemporary media, gamed-based learning and more.

    The group works together to develop and evaluate virtual environments, serious games and assistive technologies that promote social inclusion. The new technologies they create assist cognitive and physical rehabilitation.

  • How can we help manufacturers of advanced materials?

    Innovation in Surfaces, Materials and Related Technologies (iSMART) at NTU offers manufacturers and the advanced materials industry the facilities and expertise they need to move forward.

    The group assists with a range of challenges the industry faces including innovation, research and development of surface materials and related technologies.

    We're using the latest technologies including nanofibre synthesis, microstructure engineering and visual display characteristics.

  • How do we give robots human intelligence?

    Researchers at The Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (CNCR) draws on our expertise in biology, psychology, medicine and neuroscience to understand how we process information and make smart computational systems perform in a way we consider "intelligent".

    The visual, auditory and tactile processing research carried out in the laboratory can be applied to medical devices, cognitive robots, data analytics and big data in medicine.

  • Can wearable technology change lives?

    The Design for Health and Wellbeing Research group (DHW) is addressing the changing needs in medicine and our society. Their research analyses social factors, key manufacturing processes, health communication and biomaterials.

    From stroke rehabilitation systems to the development of responsive ocular prosthetics, our experts are responding to real needs and challenges from a range of end users.

    Our key areas of research are:

    1. Medical devices

    2. Personalisation and interaction design

    3. Social context of design and the built environment.

  • How can we boost health and sports performance?

    Our Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group are working to advance health and sports performance through research and services to sporting bodies, the public and athletes.

    SHAPE comprises four specialist research groups from the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Department of Engineering and Department of Animal and Equine.

    The group examines biomechanics and clinical human movement to further understand adaptation, control strategies, balance and more. One particular area of focus for the group is lower limb amputation.

    Our research areas include:

    • Falls related to balance and postural control
    • Gait analysis
    • Balance and lower limb amputees
    • Prosthetics

  • How can smart textiles benefit the world?

    Our Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) applies a blend of science, engineering and design to create innovative active smart textiles for health, sports, defence and fashion. We're leading the way in the field - five of the products we've developed now have worldwide patents.

    One example is the smart yarn we developed. It's robust and can be produced at lower costs than other electronic textiles.

    We're also investigating smart knitted structured, flexible fabric antennae and mimicry of biomechanical structures and more.

    "The work undertaken by the university in addressing the needs of injured service personnel is showing great promise"
    Neal Smith, Capability Adviser for Medical Sciences, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

    Read more about our Advanced Textiles research Groups wear and forget smart textiles.

Key collaborators include

Medtronic, Enbio Ltd, Knight Scientific Ltd, Endocrine Ltd, Bioeden Ltd, Karm Research Group Ltd.

Our funders include

Direct funding from all sectors of industry. Innovate UK, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), EU-Horizon 2020, Wellcome and the Leverhulme Trust.

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