Here at Newcastle our research teams of staff and students make significant contributions to advances in materials science and engineering. We have established links with industrial partners and have developed materials and technologies for sectors including the glass industry, medical implants, microelectronics, power transmission (gears), power generation (renewable and traditional energy suppliers), and the offshore industry (pipeline engineering applications).
Our collaborative, interdisciplinary and industry-focused approach ensures that the research supervision, education and training we provide to graduates, scientists and engineers meets the highest standards.
Our research interests cover advanced materials and nanotechnology and we supervise MPhil and PhD students in these areas. We work on production, property measurement and performance assessment of ceramics, polymers, metals and composites. We have a particular focus on the development of new materials for advanced engineering applications, including microelectronics, optics and power generation, transmission and storage.
Current research includes developing novel surface engineering processes and materials, end-of-life strategies for sustainable materials use, novel extraction and process routes for strategic materials, methods for performance and sustainability modelling, nanomaterials and nano-characterisation. The quality of our research is demonstrated in our Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results, with 85 per cent of our work classed as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘internationally recognised’ and 10 per cent classed as ‘world leading’.
Based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, staff and students use a range of state-of-the-art facilities. We have extensive equipment for electronmicroscopy, optical microscopy, and X-ray-based materials analysis techniques. We also have excellent facilities for electrochemical and corrosion characterisation, and for wet and dry deposition.
For nanomechanical testing we have several nanoindentation systems in an industrial clean room, including a Hysitron Triboindenter used for making ultra-low load mechanical tests on nanoscale coatings, and nanostructures used for optical and microelectronic applications.
As a postgraduate student you will work and study alongside our staff. MPhil and PhD students are based in one of our research groups and work with senior researchers. The modules and research projects available through the MSc are informed by our research and, depending on your choice of topic, your dissertation supervisor and module leader may be a senior scientist or engineer. Many of our students come from different parts of the world so your studies are enriched by the experiences and perspectives of students from the Middle East, Far East, India and Nigeria.