From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers results with global impact, helping to transform society, drive the economy and change lives.
Future Makers in research and innovation
In the drive to achieve net zero, it is fundamentally important to keep pushing the boundaries in search of clean energy sources and propel the hydrogen economy forward.
Scaling up hydrogen
Research focused on the development of new technologies to process and create hydrogen from different biomass waste products, to produce higher volumes than currently achievable.
Award-winning research in sustainable construction is making a real difference for communities and a ground-breaking eco-brick is transforming construction waste.
To accelerate to a rapid decline in emissions, we need a holistic and smart systems approach to energy management, with dynamic research that highlights effective routes to net zero.
AI for Net Zero
Targeting hard-to-decarbonise industries such as steel, cement, and chemicals through specialist AI techniques intersecting scientific computing, material discovery and financial forecasting.
Driving social policy
Life-changing research, in one of the UK's top social and urban policy centres, tackling global issues around homelessness and extreme disadvantage.
Applying photonics universally
The application of photonics and astrophotonics has wide-ranging impact across laser manufacturing, fundamental physics, medicine and astronomy.
Leading research and innovation across the carbon capture and storage chain, to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and meet our future energy demands.
Solving wicked problems
The complex dynamics of energy transition are at the forefront of the net zero challenge, we are pioneering transition engineering processes to drive innovation.
Healthy Human Robot Interaction
Improving clinical outcomes and physical rehabilitation with pioneering human computer interaction and human robot interaction for Health and Wellness.
With transport accounting for a third of C02 emissions, the decarbonisation of transport is imperative, to transform the existing infrastructure into a cleaner, greener system.
In the ORCA Hub, the next generation of remote telepresence robotics solutions are being developed to service the offshore renewable sector.
Advancing laser technologies
Propelling cutting-edge research into laser technologies and applications in manufacturing, cutting costs while increasing reliability, accuracy and precision.
Protecting human health
Working with governments and industry worldwide driving innovative research solutions into the safe use of nanotechnology to protect and improve human health
Developing practical quantum communication systems and imaging approaches to protect data security systems from global cyber attack.
Spotlight on quantum technologies
The Quantum Photonics Lab is at the head of a ‘quantum revolution’, developing quantum light sources that exploit the bizarre properties of quantum mechanics.
Innovating global design
Innovating design practice on a global scale by exploring how communication works between design professionals and craft practitioners.
Ground-breaking artificial intelligence research with robots that can learn language and interact socially with pioneering applications across global industry.
Improving quality of Life
Making an impact in the medical and engineering sectors through novel surface engineering solutions that improve product quality and longevity.