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Research Group: Design, Manufacture and Materials

Best practice for new materials, products and processes.

We focus on the design, development, analysis and testing of novel materials, structures and processes. Our scientific foundation is in:

  • additive manufacture and biofabrication
  • materials modelling
  • precision engineering
  • micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)

We work with industry to carry out much of our research. The main application areas are:

  • mechanical power transmission
  • medical devices
  • tissue engineering
  • microsensors and microsystems
Design, manufacture and materials students


PhD Opportunities

We are keen to hear from prospective PhD students with an interest in pursuing doctoral research in any area of design and manufacturing, particularly those aligned with the research specialisms of our research group. Contact the academic staff member whose research interests match your own to discuss things further.

Current research interests in the Group include:

  • 3D printing and biofabrication
  • digital manufacturing , digital twins in industry 4.0
  • micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • fabrication and characterisation of graphene towards (bio)sensor systems
  • modelling of materials and Structures
  • new micro machining processes for brittle materials
  • development of precision machines and instrumentation
  • mechanical Propulsion Systems


Taught Programmes

From day one, our Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Programmes give students a path to become a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

Our Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Programmes equip students with the advanced skills and expertise to help shape the world. 

In addition, group members collaborate with the Medical School to offer the one year Masters by Research (MRes) degree in Biofabrication and Bioprinting.

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