Mechanical Engineering


Materials, Structures and Manufacturing Research Groups

Find out more about our materials, structures and manufacturing research through the various research groups, labs and projects linked below.

Biomaterials Processing Laboratory

The group (about a dozen in total) and laboratory specialises in creating smart coatings, smart fibres, bubbles, vesicles, droplets, particles and capsules using a variety of new devices/processes invented in our laboratory.


BioPhysics Group

The group collaborates with several academics and industries around the world. Our focus is to develop advanced physical science based techniques for the life sciences.


Diamond Light Source

This is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.


Hierarchical Phase-Contrast Tomography (HiP-CT)

This project will achieve transformations in X-ray tomography technology by enabling cellular level imaging anywhere in whole organisms including human bodies, providing insight at multiple anatomical levels.


Human Organ Atlas Hub (HOAHub)

HOAHub aims to create a physical and virtual Hub which uses the disruptive Hierarchical Phase-Contrast Imaging (HiP-CT) technique to scan whole human organs with local cellular resolution, producing a “Human Organ Atlas (HOA) in Health, Ageing and Disease”.


The Institute of Making

The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities.


Materials, Structure and Manufacturing at Harwell Activity

Led by Professor Peter Lee, Materials, Structure and Manufacturing at Harwell (MSM@H) is a multidisciplinary group with over 30 members.


The Moazen Lab

Their research is focused on the biomechanics of bones and joints, particularly to understand the underlying mechanisms of growth, adaptation and repair, through the use of computational and experimental techniques.


The Plastic Waste Hub

They are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including scientists, engineers, designers, and social scientists, taking a design-led approach to the issue of plastic waste.