Our research in action

Explore our research case studies and navigate to School research centres using the links below.

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Research Themes:

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing: Engines for the Future.

Engines of today are both powerful and efficient, but the engines of tomorrow need not only to be powerful and efficient but significantly greener.

Resilience, energy and sustainability

Resilience energy and sustainability: Energy at Birmingham.

The way we supply and use energy is simply not sustainable. Unless we harness new methods to satisfy our increasing reliance on power sources, the impact on the environment will escalate.

Science frontiers

Science frontiers: Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.

The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the biggest discoveries in physics in half a century. Our pioneering research helped to track it down.


Spotlight on our research:

New mathematical discovery in maximal sum-free sets after a decade of the unknown

The College of Engineering and Physical Science Best Publication Award September 2014 was awarded to Andrew Treglown, University of Birmingham and József Balogh, Hong Liu, Maryam Sharifzadeh, University of Illinois for 'The number of maximal sum-free subsets of integers'.

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions
Lodging, the term used to describe the flattening effect of high wind speeds and heavy rainfall on trees or crops, has a significant economic impact on the UK crop industry. Research in the School of Civil Engineering seeks to make recommendations for improvements in the agricultural industry to reduce the sometimes devastating effects. "A generalised model of crop lodging" was awarded College Best Publication Award.

Transformative new approach to glucose sensor devices

College Best Publication Award. John S. Fossey (Chemistry), Paula Mendes (Chemical Engineering) and others from the University Birmingham, UK, along with collaborators at the University of Bath (Tony James), UK, and at the East China University of Science and Technology (Yitao Long), China, produced two back to back papers on the development of glucose sensors, which appeared in Analyst.



Life and Environmental Sciences


Agrobiodiversity Conservation for Food Security

Dr Nigel Maxted's work on genetic conservation of crop wild relatives and landraces (traditional farmer-bred crop varieties) is providing a template for the conservation of agrobiodiversity and other plant species in the UK, Europe and many countries around the globe.

Testing a low cost solution to nuclear waste disposal with partners in Fukushima, Japan.

Researchers have been working into the development of a low cost solution for nuclear waste clean-up that innovatively employs the use of microbially-generated bio materials.

Take the Stairs: Stair climbing to increase Lifestyle Physical Activity

Researchers, led by Frank Eves from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, tested methods to encourage increased use of stairs, rather than escalators and lifts, to increase calories burned during daily life.

Developing a 'Tricorder' to improve Food Safety

A team of Scientists from the University of Birmingham is leading the emerging field of synthetic biological research to bring the Star Trek inspired 'tricorder' a step closer to reality with an initial focus on food safety.

Translating research - Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

From identifying the risks of a flame retardant chemical to keeping transport systems running in winter. Translating research in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham

Translating research - School of Psychology

From helping families of people with drug and alcohol addiction to the classification of Sex Offenders. Translating research in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.


Medical and Dental Sciences

Cancer cells

The following examples provide an insight into the real life impact of the University's research in the area of Medical and Dental Sciences:

Cancer Sciences

Clinical and Experimental Medicine


Health and Population Sciences

Immunity and Infection


College of Medical and Dental Sciences research