Mechanical Engineering


Materials, Structures and Manufacturing

To create, characterise and model the next generation of materials and structures, to transform the world into a sustainable and healthy society.

Person in gearMaterials and structures underpin engineering: we use them to make everything from buildings to medical implants, phones to ice cream. Our group designs and characterises the performance of these material systems at different scales using a range of techniques.

Examples include synchrotron X-rays, mechanical testing, analytics modelling, AI methods, prototyping and full-scale implementation. We have strong industrial collaborations and strengths in cross-disciplinary topics, such as Materials and Manufacturing for Healthcare, Additive Manufacturing and Food and Plastic Waste.

Research methodologies

  • Tissue engineering
  • Regenerative biology and medicine
  • Biological models
  • Computer simulation; Advanced imaging and image processing; Material characterisation
  • Novel manufacturing routes
  • Smart & Automated Nanomanufacturing Technologies with AI (SANTA)
  • Advanced Ultrasonic Evaluation

Key impact and application areas

  • Biological models
  • Drug screening
  • Drug development
  • Craniofacial development and evolution; Craniosynostosis; Orthopaedic trauma; medical devices
  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Composite Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing

Researchers and Academics

Meet our researchers and academics focused on materials, structures and manufacturing research.


Research Groups

Find out more about our work through our various research groups, labs and projects.

The Repairability Revolution

Professor of Materials and Society Mark Miodownik gives an entertaining talk on the colossal waste of the 'planned obsolescence' of consumer goods and the urgent need for a "repairability revolution."

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