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The Nanomaterials activity is concerned with researching the microstructure and properties of nanoparticle-modified materials, especially the combination of nanoparticles and thermoset polymers, as used for the matrices of structural fibre-composite materials.

The aims of our research are to:

  • develop novel nanomaterials for engineering applications
  • characterise their structure
  • quantify the mechanical and fracture performance
  • model the behaviour of nanomaterials

The sponsors of this work include:

Areva, City & Guilds College Association, Cytec, dstl, Emerald Performance Materials, EPSRC, Evonik Hanse, Henkel, ICI, Malaysian Government, Region Rhone-Alpes, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Trinidad & Tobago Government, US Government.


There are several vacancies for PhD students are who eligible for EPSRC Awards. The awards will cover fees and living expenses. Applications are invited from candidates with a degree in engineering, chemistry, materials science or physics. In addition, applications from self-funded students are welcome.

The research will develop novel nano-materials, examine their structure and measure their performance. This will involve both experimental and theoretical aspects.

These nano-materials are increasingly finding applications in the area of vehicles, rail-coaches, aerospace and the electronics industry.

The successful applicants will join an active group, which is well equipped with extensive experimental and theoretical facilities.

For further details please e-mail:

Dr Ambrose Taylor -