Processing and Structuring Component Materials

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.