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Department of Engineering

Research Challenges

Future Energy Systems:

  • New and Renewable Energy:
    • Wind turbine condition monitoring
    • Smart grids
    • Electricity network modelling
  • Thermofluids
    • Turbomachinery
    • Fluid mechanics
    • Vehicle Aerodynamics
MEMS Cleanroom

Next Generation Materials and Microsystems:

  • Microsystems Technology, investigating new techniques for the development of micromechanical systems
  • Nanotechnology, refining the fabrication methods necessary to exploit nanowires in an industrial context
  • Molecular Electronics, working at the interface between silicon and organic materials
  • Terahertz Devices and Materials, encompassing work in artificial materials and novel detectors for THz imaging, spectroscopy and sensing
  • Biomaterials, developing alternative materials for prostheses, tissue quality prediction
  • Functional polymeric materials for energy applications, e.g. separators for batteries, electrolytes for supercapacitors.
  • Porous polymers synthesis, including emulsion templating, precipitation polymerisation, reaction-induced phase separation and characterisation.

Sustainable Infrastructure:

  • Development of computational methods for solids, structures and fluids:
  • Modeling and analysis of complex engineering problems:
    • Nonlinear stress analysis, multi-body contact dynamics
    • Shallow water, tidal flows, sediment transport
    • Radiative heat transfer
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Unsaturated soil mechanics
    • Soil-based construction materials
  • Experimental testing of geomaterials, x-ray computed tomography (XRCT)
  • Operations research and agent-based systems
  • Development of novel manufacturing processes and optimised engineering designs
  • Environmental research on passive treatment of contaminated waters and soils
  • Electronic Systems, focusing on the design of novel systems for the capture, conversion and computation of electronic data
  • Communication Systems, in the field of mobile radio applications and the modelling of telecommunications networks