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Durham University

Research Themes

Durham University produces world leading and world changing research. Here are some examples where we have particular strength.

Surface Science

Energy and Clean Growth

Cosmology and Astronomy

Heritage and Culture

Hazard and Risk

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Research at Durham

Breathlessness, ancient manuscripts and geothermal energy are among the diverse subject areas benefiting from world leading research at Durham University.

Here academics from across the University talk about their research, and how Durham’s collaborative environment encourages them to explore new approaches to research.

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Nature Inspires

First manufactured non-cuttable material created

Our engineers have been inspired by nature to create what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material.

They got the idea for the new lightweight material from the tough cellular skin of the grapefruit and the fracture resistant shells of the abalone sea creature.

The material – called Proteus after the shape-changing mythical god – could be used in the security and health and safety industries.

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Historic Collections

Durham Residential Research Library

The Durham Residential Research Library aims to enable and foster research across the three historic collections of Durham – those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. In addition to libraries, this includes archives, collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.

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PhD opportunities

Facilities and equipment

Research institutes and centres