Multidisciplinary research

Dedicated academics and researchers come together at the University of Nottingham, to work on focused research and commercialisation initiatives. 

The University of Nottingham Energy Institute includes memebers of many of these teams, and facilitates collaboration across multiple disciplines. Read more about the work of individual groups here.


Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Research Group

Home to several leading research centres, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Research Group is at the forefront of manufacturing technologies and systems research.

Research is conducted into all aspects of manufacturing processes and systems is supported by world class teaching and research facilities. Over the years the AMT group has proved its ability to solve technical problems for industry while collaborating with some of the most reputable research groups and centres across the world.

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Advanced Materials Research Group

The group is building a dynamic, interactive community in novel materials manufacture, processing and detailed micro and nano characterisation enhancing research excellence and impact.

Expertise covers all classes of materials and scale up production of many of the synthesis processes working with industry. The group also prioritises developing and training highly qualified researchers; conducting internationally leading research in materials science and engineering and interacting with a range of stakeholders to ensure knowledge transfer.

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Buildings, Energy and Environment Research Group

Adapting our buildings to cope with the impact of global warming is the challenge being tackled by the Buildings, Energy and Environment (BEE) research group.

The ambition of the research group is to improve the sustainable practice of buildings and engineering, in order to enhance the quality of the built environment. Working with a number of industrial partners, they research methods to reduce the impact of those technologies we take for granted, such as ventilation, heating, cooling and power.

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Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) techniques continue to evolve quickly and the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) is at the forefront of this research.

The research undertaken by this group spans across both fundamental and applied research. The next stage of development of this new technology will be to go beyond using single materials (either polymer or metal) and instead use multiple materials – both functional and structural – in unison to engineer highly functional, durable and life-changing items.

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Centre for Sustainable Chemistry

In our search for better medicines to improve healthcare in an ageing population, for safer agrochemicals to aid food production for a growing population, and for new materials to match our insatiable desire for new technology, chemistry plays the dominant role. Without chemistry, the scientific advances required to secure our future will simply not be available. 

However chemistry is often viewed as demanding in its need for energy and natural resources, and its impact on the environment. The Centre for Sustainable Chemistry is ensuring that chemistry is safe, efficient and, above all, sustainable – chemistry that is benign by design.

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Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group

Expertise includes the fields of experimental fluid mechanics, computational fluids dynamics, two-phaseflow, heat transfer enhancement and thermodynamics.

Research undertaken by the group has a widerange of industrial applications including flow assurance and control, conventional and new energy cars, refrigerationand air-conditioning, and industrial chemical processes. FLUTE is focussed on developing solutions to challenging problems as well as developing greater understanding of the fluid flow phenomena. 

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Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group

The vision of the Low Carbon Energy and Technologies (LCERT) Research Group is to be central to accelerating the development of low carbon energy and resources technologies. This encompasses innovative CO2 capture and utilisation, the efficient production of low carbon fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste, and decarbonising heat/energy supplies for both the industrial and domestic sectors.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Systems Research Group

The Mechanical and Aerospace Systems Research Group - MAS (formerly known as Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre - G2TRC) aims to develop new technologies, analysis methods and understanding for complex mechanical and aerospace systems, including transmissions architectures, improving efficiency and reducing adverse environmental impact.

The group has world-leading expertise in fluid-flow and heat transfer; machine dynamics, materials engineering; and friction, wear and fatigue analysis at standard and elevated temperatures. 

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Metal Atoms on Surfaces and Interfaces (MASI)

Many zero carbon technologies rely on the use of endangered metals. MASI brings together leading experts from the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff and Cambridge, to revolutionise the way metals are used in a broad range of technologies, to break our dependence on critically endangered elements.

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Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC)

The nmRC is a cross-disciplinary facility that is home to state-of-the-art equipment that can be used by academia and industry. The Centre is dedicated to supporting and promoting world-leading nanoscience and materials characterisation. 

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Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre

NTEC evaluates the engineering, environmental and sustainable aspects of elements of road, rail, coastal and airfield infrastructure.

The group perform laboratory assessment of materials and technologies for existing and future transport infrastructures, and develop novel computational methods to facilitate improved design of coastal infrastructure defences. NTEC are concerned with the sustainability and resilience of transportation infrastructure, sustainability of coastal defences, the management and maintenance of the existing infrastructure asset as well as envisioning future transport systems.

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Sustainable Process Technologies Research Group

Specialising in biological sciences, chemistry and engineering, the Sustainable Process Technologies (SPT) group aims to develop sustainable manufacturing, generating materials from renewable resources. These products can range from the very chemicals that remove the chewing gum from our pavements, right through to methods of efficiently producing life-saving anti-malarial drugs. 

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The Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group

The Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Research Group is internationally renowned and one of the largest on its field. Comprising nearly 30 academic staff, around 60 Research Fellows and other research staff, over 100 PhD Students, a dozen Technicians, and 15 Project Management and Administrative Staff, PEMC delivers high-impact teaching, research, and industrial collaborations.

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Transport, Mobility and Cities

The group has a vision to bring together interdisciplinary expertise from across the University of Nottingham to support cities in their transition towards more sustainable and resilient futures: environmentally, socially and economically.

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Zero Carbon Cluster

The ZCC vision is to accelerate the translation of zero carbon research into high-impact commercial and policy solutions – in partnership with industry and government. The group are working to consolidate the East Midlands’ position as a world leader in the development and deployment of innovation in green industries and advanced manufacturing. 

Initial pathways are electrification and hydrogen propulsion systems. Advanced research in these areas contributes to the growth of a globally significant industry cluster in the East Midlands, and to solving some of the world’s greatest zero carbon challenges for the transport and manufacturing sectors.

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