Innovation in advanced materials underpins all manufacturing sectors and is essential to the UK’s economic growth. Manchester is recognised as a global centre of excellence in advanced materials research and its translation from initial research to viable product.
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At the forefront of advanced materials
Manchester – the home of graphene and other disruptive developments in advanced materials – leads across a broad portfolio of lab-to-market innovation that can be applied to a range of manufacturing and commercial sectors. These include:
- lightweight alloys and composites that are in high demand in the fast-changing aerospace and automotive sectors;
- materials for energy storage to provide breakthroughs in battery and energy storage technologies for sectors such as automotive and sustainable energy generation;
- 3D-weaving of textile composites that can provide complex parts to industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to the wind generation sector;
- membrane and filtration technologies that are critical to businesses and agencies supporting food processing, water purification and wastewater treatment;
- anti-corrosion and materials for demanding environments in industries such as the oil, gas and nuclear energy sectors;
- bio-derived and biodegradable plastics that can be applied in a host of sectors and directly help companies meet the UK government’s green growth agenda;
- biomedical materials to help transform the way we treat patients and the health care industry;
- ‘super smart’ materials that feature next-generation embedded sensors, applicable in the auto industry and may more sectors.
Helping industry deliver
- rapid development and scale-up of graphene and other 2D materials applications;
- measurement and characterisation of materials using X-ray tomography and other advanced imaging equipment;
- modelling and analysis, such as digital twin technologies and the ‘internet of materials’;
- access to world-leading experts and equipment for commercially sensitive research and long-term partnerships.
Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)
The University's other world-class, multimillion-pound centre enables industry-led development in graphene applications in partnership with academics.
We host the UK’s national institute for advanced materials research and innovation.
We host the International centre for advanced materials, a unique industry partnership with BP and three other world-leading universities.
Making an impact
Advanced materials at Manchester is focused on delivering the innovations that industry needs to ensure it is competitive and sustainable in a fast-changing global marketplace. Our innovation ecosystem works in a way that aims to deliver to real-world needs.
Work with us and you’ll be part of the University’s vision to create an advanced materials community in Manchester – Graphene City. Made up of scientists, engineers, innovators, investors, manufacturers and industrialists, this community will build a thriving knowledge-based economy by taking research breakthrough to the finished products that you will deliver.
Ways we can help you
From a day of consultancy to major international partnerships, our research and development collaborations can be tailored to your requirements.
Whether you’re an international blue chip, ambitious SME, or charity with an eye for innovation, our business development managers can connect you with energy experts.
The combination of academic leadership, relevant research expertise and our ability to work closely with industrial partners makes Manchester stand out in our field.Professor Phil Withers / Regius Professor of Materials at Manchester and Chief Scientist for the Henry Royce Institute
Royce Institute to launch sustainability hub
A new Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub is set to help Manchester businesses find solutions to more sustainable plastics.
Five years of the National Graphene Institute (NGI)
Since 2015, the NGI has set the ball rolling in the advancement of graphene and other two-dimensional materials.
Oil separation made easier with 2D material
Researchers have found that graphene and other 2D materials can be used as a fouling resistant coating for oil-water separation.
New partnership for graphene-based energy storage material
First Graphene Ltd will work with the University to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.
Graphene sensors closer to mass market
Manchester's partnership with Tunghsu Optoelectronic is helping mass produce graphene sensors that measure the quality of air.
Rebuilding our bodies
Manchester research is using biomaterials to replace damaged or missing biological structures as a result of injury and disease.
Improving energy storage with 2D material based ink
Researchers have created inks using 2D material MXene, to produce 3D printed interdigitated electrodes that can be used in energy storage devices such as supercapacitors.