Examples of MRes in Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies (MRes-MSET) Research Projects
Additional projects may be available; contact academic staff in Metallurgy and Materials, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering.
Our research facilities for materials preparation range from vacuum melting and casting for special alloys, through crystal growth equipment for rare-earth and very reactive alloys to melt-spinning facilities for the production of rapidly cooled alloys, atomizers to make metal powders and laser ablation & sputtering equipment for the production of thin films.
The hydrogen technology laboratory has a range of equipment to characterize the properties of materials in hydrogen. This includes constant pressure thermogravimetric analysers, volumetric PCT systems to measure the uptake and sorption kinetics of hydrogen storage materials; DSC; membrane test systems; in situ XRD; and in situ Raman spectroscopy.
The physical techniques laboratory contains a range of equipment for processes including VSM, dilatometry, differential scanning calorimetry, electrical resistivity and density measurements.
Microstructural assessment is well provided for, with a wide range of optical microscopes and quantitative image analysis, and extensive electron microscope facilities. The Electron Microscope Centre has: a CFEI Quanta 3D FEG FIB-SEM; a JEOL 7000F with WDX, EDX and EBSD; and an FEI FEG ESEM with cryo and heating (1500 °C) stages. While the TEMs include a 200 kV FEI Tecnai F20 FEG(S)TEM with PEELS, EDX and HAADF.