Manipulating matter at the micro- and nano-scales is the basis of fabricating materials and devices with new functionality or improved performance. Imperial is active in the design, fabrication, processing, characterisation and application of new functional materials with research in this interdisciplinary field taking place in a range of departments, including chemistry, physics, materials, electrical and electronic engineering and bioengineering.

Collaborative Research Centres

London Centre for Nanotechnology
Collaborative centre between Imperial College London and University College London that aims to solve global issues in information processing, energy and healthcare and environment through the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Thomas Young Centre
Collaborative centre between Imperial College London, UCL, King's College London, QMUL, RHUL and the National Physics Laboratory that seeks to address societal and industrial problems through the application of materials modelling and simulation.

An array of platinum-titanium oxide nanorods on a gold surface.
An array of platinum-titanium oxide nanorods on a gold surface. The rods were fabricated by electrodeposition in a aluminium oxide membrane followed by chemical etching of the template.