School of Engineering and Materials Science Research
The School of Engineering and Materials Science at QMUL is one of the most highly rated research centres in the United Kingdom.
Research is coordinated within the following research areas:
- Biomedical Engineering and Materials
- Functional Nanomaterials
- Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems
Engineering at Queen Mary has a distinguished tradition in both teaching and research, dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. Today, research at the College benefits from both excellent well-equipped laboratories and an extensive infrastructure of computational facilities. We have internationally renowned academics working in a diverse range of fields from aerodynamics and aerospace structures, to mechanical engineering, including thermodynamic principles, combustion and condensation heat transfer, electrospray technology and medical engineering.
Materials research has been carried out at Queen Mary longer than any other institution in the UK, and we have an international reputation for excellence in metals, polymers, composites, ceramics and adhesives. Biomaterials research, including tissue and cell engineering, orthopaedic implant design, biointerfical science and bio/nano science which are performed under the auspices of the well-established Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials.
There is significant collaboration and interaction between academics working in multidisciplinary research areas. The research findings are incorporated into postgraduate teaching, which means that our graduates learn about the very latest skills and advancements in the field, equipping them well for their future careers.
There are also exciting opportunities through the Polymer Electronics DTC - http://www.imperial.ac.uk/plasticelectronicsdtc - that runs jointly with Imperial College. The DTC supports activities across the three research themes within the School.
Research Assessment Exercise 2008
Materials research at Queen Mary was assessed as a top 5 activity in the 2008 RAE in terms of research power (quality multiplied by volume) of any materials activity in any university across the UK. The RAE also showed that 90 per cent of our research activity is internationally recognised, and that 55 per cent of our research activity is internationally excellent. The diverse nature of Engineering research at Queen Mary was assessed as 75 per cent internationally recognised, and 45 per cent internationally excellent. In addition, the research outputs from the Medical Engineering and Experimental and Computational Fluids groups in Engineering were highlighted as being particularly strong.