Current research funding in Materials Engineering
£53,427,765

Materials Engineering

Funded Research Projects

The following are current funded research projects taking place within the research division:

Correlative Analysis of Crystals in 3D


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Co-investigator(s): Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Start: 01-09-2022  /  End: 31-08-2025
Amount: £2,724,063

Co-I: EPSRC Equipment Business Case: Correlative Analysis of Crystals in 3D (EP/X014614/1: £2,724,062.88, 1 Sep 2022 – 31 Aug 2025)

Paragraf support fund 2


Principal Investigator: Colin HUMPHREYS
Funding source: Paragraf Paragraf Limited
Start: 01-08-2021  /  End: 31-07-2025
Amount: £33,540

ESTEEM - Sustainable manufacturing for future composites
ESTEEM - Sustainable manufacturing for future composites


Principal Investigator: Han ZHANG
Funding source: EPSRC
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £395,947

With only 1% of energy consumption compared to current manufacturing methods, high performance composites with integrated new functions like deformation and damage sensing as well as de-icing will be manufactured without needs of even an oven. This new method will be tuned to fully comply with the processing requirements of existing high performance composite systems, reducing costs in capital investment, operational, and maintenance aspects. The new functions will also provide real-time health monitoring of components' structural integrity to enable condition based maintenance with high reliability.

QMUL-HUST Partnership: Wide-Bandgap, Thermally-Evaporated Perovskite Solar Cells
QMUL-HUST Partnership: Wide-Bandgap, Thermally-Evaporated Perovskite Solar Cells


Principal Investigator: Zhe LI
Funding source:
Start: 01-04-2022  /  End: 01-04-2024
Amount: £5,000

Wide-Bandgap, Thermally-Evaporated Perovskite Solar Cells

International exchange: Environmental impacts of lead leakage from perovskite photovoltaic integrated greenhouse
International exchange: Environmental impacts of lead leakage from perovskite photovoltaic integrated greenhouse


Principal Investigator: Zhe LI
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 14-03-2022  /  End: 13-03-2024
Amount: £12,000

To understand the impact of perovskite solar modules on agricultral environments

Eco-Friendly Perovskite photovoltaic technologies-AXA Research Fellowship
Eco-Friendly Perovskite photovoltaic technologies-AXA Research Fellowship


Principal Investigator: Zhe LI
Funding source: AXA research fund
Start: 01-03-2022  /  End: 01-03-2024
Amount: £100,000

Eco-Friendly Perovskite photovoltaic technologies-AXA Research Fellowship

KTP with Lucideon:  Cell testing to assist development of novel biomaterials
KTP with Lucideon: Cell testing to assist development of novel biomaterials


Principal Investigator: Karin HING
Co-investigator(s): Simon RAWLINSON
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 17-02-2021  /  End: 17-02-2024
Amount: £249,854

The aim of this programme is to transfer and embed knowledge of in vitro cell testing from QMUL to Lucideon to enable them to offer clients integrated physico-chemical and biological characterisation of materials used in medical devices & implants to improve the safety & efficacy of healthcare treatments.

RAEng-Newton Fund - Transforming Systems through Partnership - Thailand 2020-2021


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering / Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 19-04-2021  /  End: 31-01-2024
Amount: £200,475

The two projects are about additive manufacturing of metastable materials for biomedical applications. (1) Novel titanium alloys for biomedical application (TSP2021\100052) and (2) Digital Materials Design and Additive Manufacturing for helping patients on bespoke 3D-printed implants (TSP2021\100366)

1D perovskite structure
Royal Society University Research Fellowship Renewal : Oliver Fenwick


Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 19-10-2020  /  End: 18-10-2023
Amount: £389,434

This project will develop crystalline materials comprising well-defined nano-objects arranged on a regular lattice. These nano-objects will be either two-dimensional (ultrathin layers within the material), one-dimensional (linear structures within the material), or zero-dimensional (quantum dots within the material), with unusual electronic properties in all cases. These bulk materials, which are straightforward to process, will retain low-dimensional characteristics. These unusual characteristics will be used to boost the efficiency of energy devices. In particular, this project will investigate their use for thermoelectrics (conversion of waste heat into electricity), and photovoltaics, delivering in both cases new materials for improved energy devices.

Lead-free ferroelectrics for piezoelectric sensors or high power energy storage: Professor Jiagang Wu
Lead-free ferroelectrics for piezoelectric sensors or high power energy storage: Professor Jiagang Wu


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2020  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £74,000

At present, Pb-based ceramics are dominant ferroelectric materials. However, toxic Pb is harmful to human beings and the environment. It is urgent to research Pb-free ferroelectrics to match the need of different applications. In this project, we will research high-performance lead-free ferroelectrics for piezoelectric application and dielectric energy storage.

OLED
Graphene-Organic Devices for Smart Displays


Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Co-investigator(s): William Gillin
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-04-2021  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £238,656

This project will develop graphene-based organic light-emitting diodes. It is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Paragraf Ltd. and QMUL. The KTP scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate researcher.

Bottom up structuring of liquids without external fields or molds.
Manufacturing of anisotropic nano and micro- particles.
Molecular Manufacturing of Macroscopic Objects - fellowship Stoyan Smoukov


Principal Investigator: Stoyan SMOUKOV
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 31-08-2023
Amount: £1,180,624

This interdisciplinary proposal proposes a molecular basis for Manufacturing for the Future,[a1] to grow many types of particles in a nature-inspired way. It offers scalability, near-full utilization of the material, and the ability to carry out transformations at near ambient conditions. Manufacturing in nature spans the scales from intricate ...

Cells growing at the surface of oil droplets
Engineered Protein Nanosheets at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces for Stem Cell Expansion, Sorting and Tissue Engineering


Principal Investigator: Julien GAUTROT
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 31-08-2023
Amount: £2,011,161

ProLiCell will design the biochemical and mechanical properties of extracellular matrix (ECM) protein nanosheets that can sustain the formation of adhesion protein complexes and support cell proliferation and culture on materials with very weak bulk mechanical properties (liquids).

Terahertz Reading of Ferroelectric Domain Wall Dielectric
Switching
Rb-based energy materials


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: CSA - China Central South University
Start: 11-07-2019  /  End: 15-07-2023
Amount: £11,500

The aim of this project is to research effect of Rb substitution on structures and properties of ferroelectrics for high power energy storage and memory applications.

Rb-based ferroelectric ceramics having high Curie point
Rb based ferroelectrics


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: CSA - China Central South University
Start: 16-07-2018  /  End: 15-07-2023
Amount: £17,000

Ferroelectrics are materials characterized by a Curie point and polarization switching. The Curie point sets the upper limit on the application of ferroelectric ceramics for piezoelectric applications. The aim of this project is develop Rb-based ferroelectric ceramics for high temperature piezoelectric applications.

Wafer-Scale Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Perovskite Optoelectronics
Wafer-Scale Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Perovskite Optoelectronics


Principal Investigator: Lei SU
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 05-07-2021  /  End: 04-07-2023
Amount: £316,308

In this project we aim to develop a scalable and high-yield manufacturing process for mass-producing single-crystal perovskite optoelectronics.

3D-photoelectrochemical imaging will be implemented using porous light-addressable semiconductors on FTO coated glass.
3D Photoelectrochemical Imaging in Porous Light-Addressable Structures


Principal Investigator: Steffi KRAUSE
Co-investigator(s): Joe BRISCOE, Thomas ISKRATSCH and Bo ZHOU
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 04-01-2021  /  End: 30-04-2023
Amount: £202,248

The project aims to develop a photoelectrochemical imaging system for mapping of electrochemical processes in three dimensions within porous electrode structures. The new technology will aid the development of novel electrode materials for energy harvesting devices and be suitable for in-situ 3D functional imaging in 3D tissue culture.

Next Generation TATARA Co-creation Centre (NEXTA)


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Promotion of Regional Industries and University from Cabinet Office, Japan
Start: 01-10-2018  /  End: 01-04-2023
Amount: £42,000,000

I involved in Next Generation TATARA Co-creation Centre (NEXTA): One of the seven Japanese national projects funded for development of advanced materials for aerospace and motor applications as Research Co-I & Consultant & Visiting Associate Professor. The NEXTA project is funded by a Grant-in-aid for the Promotion of Regional Industries and University from Cabinet Office, Japan worth JPY7,000,000,000 or £42,000,000 in total) (1 Oct 2018 – 1 Apr 2023).

FlexNanoFlow
FlexNanoFlow


Principal Investigator:
Funding source: Commission of the European Community
Start: 01-04-2017  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £1,017,645

2D nanomaterials hold immense technological promise thanks to extraordinary intrinsic properties such as ultra-high conductivity, strength and unusual semiconducting properties. Our understanding of how these extremely thin and flexible objects are processed in flow is however inadequate, and this is hindering progress towards true market applications. When processed in liquid ...

Graphene layer (Getty Image)
Graphene Flagship Core Project 3


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): Nick DUGGAN, Yang HAO, , Dimitrios PAPAGEORGIOU, Wei TAN, Colin CRICK, Han ZHANG, Himadri GUPTA and Nicola PUGNO
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-04-2020  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £376,501

This grant will cofund the establishing of a mini-CDT with 5 PhD studentships in Graphene materials at QMUL.

BFTT campaign
Creative Clusters Fashion in Smart Textile


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): and Haixue YAN
Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 31-10-2018  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £345,900

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) is a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. The aim is to foster a new, creative business culture in which fashion, textiles and technology businesses can use R&D as a mechanism for growth.

Aggregation structure-property relationship of polymer/PEDOT/carbon nanoparticle ternary thermoelectric composites and its application for self-powered sensors
Aggregation structure-property relationship of polymer/PEDOT/carbon nanoparticle ternary thermoelectric composites and its application for self-powered sensors


Principal Investigator:
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2020  /  End: 30-03-2023
Amount: £12,000

This Royal Society International Exchange Grant will explore the use of new organic-inorganic materials as self-powered flexible and stretchable sensors

The instrument will combine two electrochemical imaging techniques which measure cell responses apically and basally.
Combined LAPS and SICM for multimodal live cell imaging


Principal Investigator: Steffi KRAUSE
Co-investigator(s): Wen WANG and Jon GORECKI
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 28-02-2023
Amount: £571,839

A novel instrument will be developed that will revolutionise the ability to monitor cellular processes and cell communication in polarised cells by simultaneously imaging cells apically and basally. This will provide information about apical cell morphology and basal ion concentrations and electrical signals such as cell surface charge and impedance.

Smart rope with sensing capability using multifunctional materials (SENSING ROPE)
Smart rope with sensing capability using multifunctional materials (SENSING ROPE)


Principal Investigator:
Co-investigator(s): James BUSFIELD
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 29-01-2021  /  End: 22-01-2023
Amount: £53,030

This Royal Academy of Engineering funded industry fellowship will explore the use of novel polymer nanocomposites as embedded sensors in ropes.

Body-worn sensor
Body-Worn Sensor for Point-of-Care Vascular Access Monitoring


Principal Investigator: Lei SU
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 31-12-2022
Amount: £378,651

In this project, we will develop a body-worn sensor for cardiovascular monitoring, particularly to address a long-standing clinical challenge in vascular access health surveillance.

British Council - Thai-UK World-Class University Consortium


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: British Council
Start: 01-01-2022  /  End: 31-12-2022
Amount: £9,500

Drone Research and Training Center for Smart City (1 Jan 2022 – 31 Dec 2022)

EPSRC New Investigator Award: Stability of Organic Solar Cells Based on Non-Fullerene Acceptors
EPSRC New Investigator Award: Stability of Organic Solar Cells Based on Non-Fullerene Acceptors


Principal Investigator: Zhe LI
Funding source: EPSRC
Start: 24-09-2019  /  End: 31-10-2022
Amount: £500,890

This EPSRC project aims to unravel the degradation mechanisms of organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors and elucidate the material and device design rules to guide the development of high performance and high stability solar cells.