Materials Engineering has an active well-funded research program with extensive, modern facilities, and a large number of postgraduates and research fellows. The projects range from fundamental topics to many which involve collaboration and funding from industry and government.

Our areas of research strength include:

  • nanomaterials, nanoparticulates and nanocomposites,
  • solar energy and photovoltaic materials,
  • biomaterials, tissue engineering,
  • functional materials (magnetic and electronic) and devices,
  • metals and alloys (particularly light alloys),
  • diffraction studies,
  • polymer science and engineering,
  • ceramic engineering,
  • corrosion,
  • fracture of materials,
  • production and properties of composites,
  • mechanical properties,
  • mathematical and computer modeling of materials and processes.

Underpinning all of these strengths is a wide range of techniques to probe material structures at all size scales.