The creation of functional structures from both inorganic and organic materials is an established research area within the School and is supported with strong industrial links. Areas of interest include:
- Novel processing and formulations for investment casting, including: the rapid shell process, new formulations for advanced alloy casting at high temperature in both ceramic shells and cores and development of formulations for pattern-less cored systems.
- Extrusion of ceramics for refractory tubes and catalytic materials
- New routes to nano-catalytic powders using supercritical processing
- Understanding polymer extrusion using PEPT
- Intensification of materials processing using microwaves
A gold-coated catalytic titania nano particle produced by
precipitation from a supercritical antisolvent process.