Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Materials Research School

Our Research

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Work within the Materials Research School is addressing some of the key challenges facing society in the 21st century which demand a multidisciplinary approach: for example, energy and the sustainable use of materials. The School brings together significant strengths in materials research from academic staff in eleven departments across all three Faculties of the University.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Research Areas

The School actively promotes the establishment and growth of new capabilities in critical/strategic areas in materials research.

Examples of Current Research Projects

Research is underway in many aspects of the energy sector. The School is addressing materials developments for a variety of renewable energy technologies, including for example: the electrolysis of water using solar energy, which is one of the most promising means of producing hydrogen; solar control coatings on glass, which can be used for more efficient energy usage within buildings; electrochromic materials which can change colour when a potential is applied, and have applications for 'smart' windows for use in cars, aircraft and buildings; the development of materials for use within both solid oxide and polymer fuel cells.

In conventional power generation Loughborough leads a multi-million pound consortium who are investigating ways to predict the lifetimes of both existing and new-build power plant. The School is also involved in a new Doctoral Training Centre within the Midlands Energy Consortium, in collaboration with Nottingham and Birmingham University, which has recently received funding to train scientists and engineers to implement new fossil power plant which can generate electricity more efficiently with near zero emissions, involving the successful demonstration of technologies which can capture carbon dioxide.

The sustainable use of materials is increasingly important, and projects are underway which are addressing the 'reduce, reuse and recycle' agenda and developing, for example: biodegradable polymers; lead-free materials for solders in electronics; new environmentally friendly coating systems.

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