Division of Materials Engineering

  • Molecular semiconductors
  • Shape morphing of a ferrofluid in a magnetic field
  • State of the art facilities
  • Nanocapsules for drug delivery
  • Nanorods

We offer multidisciplinary education, research and innovation in materials science.

The development and understanding of materials and nanostructured materials is a major research theme at Queen Mary. Our research spans materials with remarkable mechanical properties to composite materials and nanomaterials which have a range of unique physical and chemical characteristics, and have the potential to be used in a multitude of novel applications from new functional materials and sensors and actuators, materials for energy conversion and storage to biomaterials. It is because of this diversity that the work of this group bridges the research activities of all schools in the faculties of Science & Engineering as well as Medicine & Dentistry at QMUL. We provide a wide range of expertise and facilities from synthesis and processing to advanced polymer composites, ceramics, a hydrothermal  synthesis lab, a CVD lab for thin film production along with manufacturing and testing of various renewable energy devices from solar cells, to fuel cells and batteries up to thermoelectric and ferroelectric materials. Our research centre also includes  "The Nanovision Centre" for Advanced  Microscopy combining high resolution imaging with structural, chemical and mechanical analysis.

Application of the team's research is significantly enhanced by the creation of Nanoforce Technology Ltd., a wholly-owned QMUL subsidiary devoted to nanomaterials research for exploitation by industry. Nanoforce provides access to a broad range of unique world-class processing facilities, such as spark-plasma sintering for development of nanoceramics and dedicated equipment for production of polymer nanocomposites.

Prof Elizabeth Tanner
Division Chair
Prof Elizabeth Tanner
Dr Oliver Fenwick
Deputy for Research
and Industrial Engagement

Dr Oliver Fenwick