Manchester Metropolitan University

The Engineering & Materials Research Centre (EMRC) comprises three distinct research groups, working in the general areas of engineering and materials science.

EMRC researchers are a mix of full and part-time academics, postdoctoral researchers, research degree students and visiting fellows and professors from academia and industry. The research centre is multi-disciplinary in make-up, containing researchers from the School of Engineering, the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology, the School of Healthcare Science and the School of Science and the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Our diverse expertise is applied to a wide spectrum of problems. 

The EMRC exists to support and encourage research and researchers and provide a strategic overview of global challenges that research must address, such as, security, sustainability, transport, energy and health. Within the Centre, we are fortunate to have world-class research being conducted in surface engineering, advanced materials, computational fluid dynamics and millimetre-wave imaging and remote sensing. Strong areas of research growth include Communications, Smart Systems, Bioengineering and Transport Engineering.

Engineering is a highly applied science and the groups that make up the Research Centre all conduct research supported by, and in collaboration with, local, regional and international companies of all sizes. This collaboration, in the form of Knowledge Transfer  Partnerships, industry-led projects, consultancy and supported research council bids demonstrate the desire we have to engage with the commercial world, translating our research from the laboratory or workshop to the commercial world to the benefit of society.  

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Our expertise

Research Group

Surface Engineering and Advanced Material Research Group

The group focuses on the production and characterisation of novel materials and the modification of surfaces for a wide range of applications. Our research brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers with world-leading expertise in nanotechnology, electrochemistry, polymer technology, surface engineering, biosensors, microbiology, advanced materials and catalysis.

It provides a forum for unique collaborative research activities within the materials, chemistry and surface science fields. We also have strong collaborative relationships with industry and academic groups both within the UK and worldwide.

We have a sustained record of RCUK funding, REF contributions, high-quality outputs and PhD completions. Research areas in which we are outstanding include:

  • Plasma Surface Engineering
  • Graphene and related 2D materials engineering
  • 3D printing/engineering energy storage devices
  • Biosensors and chemical sensors
  • Catalysis
  • Nanotechnology

Research Group

Engineering Modelling, Simulation and Design Research Group

Group Lead

We apply our expertise to a range of areas, including Sports Engineering and Marine Renewable Technology. The group has particular strength in computational fluid dynamics modelling of fluid flows and finite element analysis. The group has been the cornerstone of strong submissions in the previous RAE/REF submissions.Our main strength is that we can establish a diverse discipline group with expertise in biomechanics, health, apparel, materials and engineering.

The EMSD Group has been engaged in a number of collaborative research projects with leading research institutes and is one of the lead partners of the EPSRC Collaborative Computational Project in Wave-Structure Interaction consortium and a partner of the new UK Fluid Network. Specific research interests and expertise of the EMSD Group include:

  • Prediction of wave impact and interactions    
  • High-performance computing in CFD
  • Industrial multiphase flow, heat transfer and hydrogel drug delivery.
  • Applied computational and experimental mechanics
  • FEA of sports equipment      
  • Injury prevention methods in sport
  • Design, development and analysis of materials and equipment for sport

Research Group

Communications and Signal Processing Research Group

The Group has a well-proven record of accomplishment and expertise in the field of smart cities, energy, Internet of things, community and culture, transport, and environment. We engage in multidisciplinary research, including:

  • cancer biomarker detection,
  • food/waterborne pathogen detection;
  • characterisation of nanocomposite biomaterials;
  • micro/nano fabrication;
  • sensor interface
  • biomedical device development.

We are internationally recognised for our work on the remote detection of weapons and explosives carried by individuals and engaged in pioneering work in many other areas that involve:

  • RF and Microwave Technology
  • Computer Vision systems 
  • AI and Neural Networks
  • Condition monitoring
  • Signal processing.

Our Industry partners include Siemens, Jaguar Landrover, Xsilion LtD, PhotonStarLED Ltd, Manchester City Council, and funding bodies include Horizon 2020, Innovate UK and EPSRC.Specific research interests and expertise of the CSP Research Group include:

  • Smart grid and IoT
  • Big data and cloud-based analysis
  • Energy harvesting and management
  • Advanced communication systems
  • Applications of radar for security screening
  • Digital millimetre wave imaging systems for security applications
  • Condition monitoring and non-destructive testing.




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