Metallurgy and Materials research

Welcome to the School of Metallurgy and Materials research pages. Here you will find the latest news and information about active research projects taking place within the School. Our portfolio of projects helps provide an understanding of how materials behave and how they can be used and improved; essential to the development of new products. We attract significant levels of funding from Industrial Partners, the European Commission (EC), UK Research Councils and other organisations in order to deliver high quality, high impact research.

Research themes

Advanced Materials Processing

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Driven by innovation in manufacturing methods, our work focuses on application in industry. Our extensive capability includes additive manufacturing, solidification technology and thermomechanical processing via experimental and modelling techniques.

Research initiatives


Materials for a Sustainable Future

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Our interests focus on technologically relevant energy materials, their modelling, characterisation and recyclability.

Research initiatives


Multifunctional Materials and Devices

Close-up of magnetic hard driveWe develop smart materials with wide ranging applications from consumer electronics to biomedical applications. Our expertise includes composites, functional ceramics, polymers and surface engineering.


High-Performance Materials and Extreme Environments

Foundry worker pouring molten metal into a castingDriven by the behaviour of materials during their life cycle, we have expertise in structural integrity, in-service degradation and the evolution of material properties & microstructure across a range of length scales.

Research initiatives


The quality of the research work in the School of Metallurgy and Materials has been confirmed by our outstanding performance in successive Research Assessment Exercises. The Research Excellence Framework ranked us in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research. 86% of our research was recognised as internationally excellent and 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading. 

Research support

Funded research projects

Our research encompasses a wide range of interests in the processing, characterisation, assessment and modelling of materials. We generate in excess of £10m per annum research funding from a range of funding bodies, demonstrating our expertise and proven track record in sourcing and applying for funding. Find out more about our research projects.

Labs & facilities

The School houses a wide range of specialist research equipment housed in a number of labs. Many of the facilities are managed by one or more of the research groups in the School. Our labs and facilities are key to our academic and industrial research collaborations.

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