Long-standing collaborations with multi-national partners, such as Rolls-Royce plc, have led to commercial, production and environmental benefits from scientific research in casting, materials and manufacturing and our Sustainable Manufacturing Research Group in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is focussed on sustainable and decarbonising processes, including data-driven predictive manufacturing, digital twins, cyber-physical embedded systems, and industrial internet of things.
The world's supply of rare earth, platinum group metals, and other strategically important materials is under increasing pressure as global demand rises.
The Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements & Critical Materials is developing new science to address challenges posed by supply constraints, recycling processes to enable the recovery of critical materials from end-of-life products, mining wastes and even road dust and ways to reuse components containing strategic and critical elements; leveraging our expertise in science, economics and law to answer these challenges and secure these rare materials from the most promising energy-efficient technologies, essential for a sustainable future.
The UK's first full-scale remanufacturing facility for rare earth magnets will be located at Tyseley Energy Park, supporting the development of a Green Energy and Innovation Quarter in East Birmingham.
Medical Technology and Data
Advances in medicine mean we are living longer than ever, alongside our survival chances following devastating, life-changing events. However, these successes lead to significant challenges. We've extended life expectations, but there is no commensurate improvement in the quality of life to match the longer life span, and there is an increasing demand to deliver new technologies that allow us to diagnose and treat patients more rapidly.
From laboratory through to clinical trials, our interdisciplinary researchers are advancing bone structures and tissue regeneration, finding new methods of detecting brain injuries and cancers early, improving anti-scarring dressings and developing innovative, bespoke prosthetic devices.
Through our research, we will aid healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions to ensure people can live longer healthier and happier lives.
We are developing quantum sensing and timing to reveal what remains hidden: beneath the ground, in the sky and within the human body and brain. By applying those discoveries, we can create novel solutions to age-old problems, from dementia to public infrastructure.
Street works cost the UK economy billions of pounds each year, and these costs only increase when holes are dug in the wrong places due to difficulty ascertaining the position of underground assets.
Engineers and Physicists at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing are developing quantum gravity sensors that enable fast, accurate measurements and images, helping reduce transport and civil engineering operational costs. Our experts have located an object hidden below ground using quantum technology, a world-first for a quantum gravity gradiometer outside laboratory conditions.
Our Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing has over 100 projects valued at approximately £100 million with 17 patent applications and an ecosystem of over 70 industrial partners.