University of Bristol
The University of Bristol has wide ranging expertise in materials chemistry, supported by outstanding and, in many cases unique, equipment and infrastructure. Specific areas of focus are:
- Advanced composite materials
Activities are led by the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/composites/), which brings together expertise across the University of Bristol. Specific areas of interest for materials chemistry in this area are structural materials with added functionality, e.g. for sensing, or self-repair, and new material architectures incorporating novel fibres, matrices and nanomaterials. The long-standing links between the School of Chemistry and Engineering, and our close association with the National Composites Centre (NCC) (http://nccuk.com) in Bristol, allows pull-through of new materials from design to application.
- Materials for Energy
This is a broad theme which covers many topical areas of research, including materials for electrochemical solar energy conversion and storage, hydrogen storage materials, new catalysts for methane, bioalcohol and carbon dioxide conversion, and fundamental research into materials of interest to the nuclear industry (led out of the Interface Analysis Centre and South West Nuclear Hub) (http://www.southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk).
- Soft matter and colloids
This has long been an area of expertise within the School of Chemistry, and we continue to have interests in both the fundamental and applied aspects of these materials.
PhD level training in materials chemistry research is particularly vibrant at Bristol, facilitated by several relevant EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/courses/postgraduate/cdt.html ), which provide flagship national research, training and collaboration opportunities in Chemical Synthesis, Advanced Composites, Functional Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Diamond Science and Technology, and Theory and Modelling.
Materials chemistry research is facilitated by outstanding infrastructure and equipment. This ranges from:
- Core capabilities in, for example, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and microscopy (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/facilities/ );
- A wide range of advanced materials science analysis techniques available through Bristol’s Interface Analysis Centre (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/iac/analysis/ );
- Nationally and internationally unique capabilities in new techniques, for example, the UK’s only laboratory-based nanoESCA (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/october/nano-esca-system.html )