Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Department of Materials


  • Energy Materials

    Materials for higher efficiency power generation

    High temperature materials

    Lifetime extension of existing plant

    Regeneration of aged components

    Lifetime prediction modelling

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    Power plant
  • Advanced Ceramics

    New processing methods for nanostructured ceramics

    Ultra high temperature ceramic (UHTC) composites

    Carbon fibre reinforced ceramic composites

    Interpenetrating caramic-metal composites

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    high temperature testing of ceramic heat shield
  • Surface Engineering

    New anodising processes

    Electrodeposition based on non-aqueous ionic liquid electrolytes

    Mechanisms for mitigating tin and zinc whisker growth in electronics

    Surface modifying processes for adhesive and abhesive property enhancement

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    Hydrophobic surface
  • Advanced Polymers

    New Polymerisation processes and techniques

    Polymers in fuel cell applications

    Incorporation of nano-fillers and nanotechnology into polymers

    Reycling of polymers and use of recycled materials in polymers

    Surface polymerisation and thin films

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    polymerisation research
  • Sustainability

    Novel Materials with a Reduced Carbon Footprint

    Replacement of Toxic Materials (such as Heavy Metals

    Extending the Life-time of Materials

    Materials reuse and recycling

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    Windfarm construction
  • Nanomaterials

    Polymer and high temperature polymer nanocomposites

    Nanostructured ceramics

    Nanostructured material coatings

    Fabrication of functionalised graphene

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    Nanoceramic granules
  • Microstructural Characterisation

    Advanced 3D imaging using dual beam microscopy

    Microstructural evolution in power plant materials

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    Microstructural characterisation
  • Corrosion and Degradation

    Stress corrosion cracking

    Electrodeposition of cadmium replacements

    Biodegradable nanocomposites

    Ageing studies

    Systems for the protection of steel reinforcing bar (rebar) in concrete

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    Corrosion and degradation

Our department is a vibrant and active research environment with an annual research income in excess of £2m and approximately one third is from industry, with industrial involvement in almost all our research programmes.

The department is home to about 70 PhD students in a truly international community and offers outstanding opportunities to work on research of real-world significance within a supportive and friendly environment.

We have extensive facilities ranging from materials synthesis to processing and characterisation, the latter provided by the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre which houses state-of-the-art, world-class facilities which are available as a service to industry.

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A highlight of each year is our unique Research Day every July, which showcases all the research projects currently in progress.

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Research in the Department is organised into 4 research groups

Also many inter-disciplinary projects and topics of particular emphasis are underpinned by the academic expertise of our staff across a number of research areas:

Key facts

  • Annual research income ~£2.1m
  • 18 Research-active academic staff
  • 20 Research Fellows and Associates
  • 70 PhD Students
  • Ranked 7th in the UK 2008 RAE in both the Times Higher and The Guardian#
  • 20% of the Department’s research is classed as ‘world-leading’ (rated the maximum 4*)#
  • 95% of the Department’s research is of an international standard (rated 2*, 3* or 4*)#

#  as classified under the Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering category

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General enquiries

+44 (0)1509 223331

+44 (0)1509 223949