Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Department of Materials


  • Over £3 million in annual research funding

  • PLA nanofibres

    Membership of 25 research-active academic staff

  • World class Materials Characterisation Centre

Advanced Materials

Under the theme of Advanced Materials, activity is focussed in five key areas; Advanced Ceramics, Energy Materials, Advanced Polymers, Surface Engineering and Mechanics of Materials.

Advanced Materials research is highly interdisciplinary bringing together researchers from both the Department of Materials, which forms part of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering and The Woflson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. In addition this is enhanced with significant interactions with other Loughborough Engineering and Science Schools via the University's virtual Materials Research School.

Researchers have access to state-of-the-art, world class facilities for use in materials synthesis, processing and characterisation, the most notable of these being The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC), which has a wide range of analytical techniques including electron microscopy and surface science/analysis, some of which have capabilities that are unique in the UK.

High temperature testing at 2700c

Advanced Ceramics

Research into the development, properties and characterisation of advanced engineering ceramic and nano-ceramic materials.

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Energy Materials, power station

Energy Materials

Addressing key challenges, of lifetime extension for conventional power plants, and high temperature materials for more efficient power generation.

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Poly Lactic Acid Nanofibres

Advanced Polymers

Activities range from polymerisation processes, through formulation and additive development, to manufacturing and recycling technologies

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Surface of a lotus leaf

Surface Engineering

The group are particularly concerned with processes and techniques to modify surfaces with the aim of increasing performance in service.

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Mechanics of advanced materials

Mechanics of Advanced Materials

Research focuses on the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions.

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Research Day 2016

25th May 2016
Sir Dennis Rooke Building
Holywell Park
Loughborough University, UK