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Department of Engineering



Durham University is recognised as one of the leading centres of research in Engineering in the world. The Department’s research covers a wide range of topics, which can be divided into three challenge areas:

Future Energy Systems

New and Renewable Energy and Thermofluids is an increasingly popular and significant challenge globally. We are passionately researching and formulating innovative solutions to current and future energy related challenges and opportunities from both a UK and global perspective.

Sustainable Infrastructure

We are working on challenges relating to transportation (rail and road), energy and communications networks as well as addressing water and waste systems and supporting our emergency services. A strong focus is on climate resilience, dealing with drought and flooding events, as well as climate change.

Next Generation Materials and Micro systems

The aim of our research is to understand and exploit the electronic, physical, chemical and biological properties at the nanoscale. Our high impact work is supported by extensive cleanroom and other laboratory facilities within the department.

Our challenges are important because they encourage interdisciplinary research and national or international cooperation.