Focus Areas

Major Themes
Our capabilities and expertise stretch across a number of important application and technologies that are critical
to the delivery of sustainable solutions for societal and industry need. Major themes include:

Energy and Sustainability
• Low carbon economy, fuel cells – solid oxide type and gas separation membranes, biofuels, photovoltaics,
• piezoelectric, gas separation and storage, low energy materials of construction process route selection,
• design methodology
• Materials challenges in the nuclear industry, including clean-up and waste reprocessing
• Enhanced oil recovery: supercritical CO2 compatible polymers & colloids for “down the well” application
• Sustainable  materials and processing; renewable feedstock chemistry; CO2 as a feedstock and incorporation into polymers; lead free ferroelectrics; microwave processing

Electronics and Photonics
• Organic and inorganic semiconductors
• Dielectrics (organic and high k inorganic)
• Nanoparticulate metals and semi-conductors
• Devices, sensors and actuators
• Spintronics

Biologically Relevant Materials
• For medical devices
• Regenerative medicine
• Controlled / stimulated delivery of drugs, DNA, peptides Anti-microbiological agents and biocides

Formulated Products
• Multi-component products, direct write fluids, soft solids, discovering new solid forms, fire retardant
• agents and materials
• Mesocale modelling and design methodologies for property prediction and control
• Construction and control of thin films on solid/flexible substrates and in free standing films and foams
• Nano-crystal dispersion morphologies – control of colloidal stability, potential applications in
• dyes, pharmaceuticals
• Control of morphology (crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous) in multi-component formulations,
• liquids, thin films and solids

Multifunctional Materials
• Microporous materials, membranes, gas storage media, novel catalyst/ materials combinations,
• smart packages, nanoparticles, tailored biomaterials, smart / functional textiles for controlled delivery
• of actives and/or enhanced functionality, high performance computing for material design and
• prediction of functionality.

The £70m ground-breaking scheme brings industry and academia together in a consortium made up of major glass manufacturers and universities, including Pilkington Glass, British Glass, and the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds - with the aim of putting the UK at the forefront of global glass manufacturing. In early 2018 St Helens was announced as…

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