Engineering and Physical Sciences

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences comprises seven academic Schools working across the frontiers of science and engineering in education, research and translating knowledge. Engagement with Industry is key within the college, and examples of our research strengths can be found here.

#ThisMatters - research in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has a real impact on our lives. Find out more below, from Healthcare Technologies and Gravity Sensors to Critical Materials and Quantum Clocks.

Healthcare Technologies

  • Advances in medicine mean we are living longer
  • How do we maintain patient quality of life?
  • We are developing new methods to repair and regenerate tissue

Professor Liam Grover is developing new solutions to these problems.



Gravity Sensors

  • Engineers can't see deep into the ground to detect problems
  • Therefore finding broken pipes and cables can take significant time and money
  • We are developing new quantum gravity sensors which can be 100 times more accurate, saving time and money

Dr Nicole Metje is working on solving these problems with gravity sensors.



Critical Materials

  • Our mobile phones and cars rely on rare earth magnets and materials
  • Currently these are difficult to recycle and reuse and vulnerable to supply risks, dominated by one producer
  • We are developing new processes to break down and recycle rare earth materials, improving supply and sustainability

Dr Allan Walton and colleagues in the Magnetic Materials Group are working on recycling critical materials, improving the sustainability of the supply chain.



Quantum Clocks

  • Broadband connections and GPS depend on accurate clocks
  • More precise clocks mean faster, more reliable connections
  • We are creating new quantum clocks to meet future technology needs, surpassing current technology

Dr Kai Bongs from the Cold Atoms Group is working to make smaller, more accurate clocks.