Advanced materials

Research and innovation in advanced materials at AG真人平台 focuses on solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

We need metals that can survive in the harshest conditions, enabling us to dig at deeper ocean depths or to transport the fuels of tomorrow. As the world becomes more connected we need to travel more often and at greater speeds.



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AG真人平台是开发适用于极端环境的新材料和现有材料的世界领先者。我们还在材料表征方面领先世界 - 测量和探索材料,这将有助于我们充分了解其特性和潜力。AG真人平台也处于生物医学材料的最前沿,以及旨在服务于核能领域的新材料。

Our reputation is reinforced by vast capital and research investment, with more than £248m of live research projects. AG真人平台 will be the home of the £235m Henry Royce Institute, supported by partner universities, which will play a crucial role in addressing the challenges facing society and making advanced materials a catalyst for economic growth in the UK. 


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Materials of the future

And then there’s graphene. One-atom thick, this material is set to revolutionise the material world. Our team of more than 200 graphene and related two-dimensional materials researchers are constantly coming up with new ways to improve and transform current products, from providing clean water for millions in developing communities to creating sustainable energy storage devices.

AG真人平台的世界级地位不仅是石墨烯的诞生地,也是其国际商业化的中心,已经为建立国家石墨烯研究所和石墨烯工程创新中心提供了超过1.2亿英镑的资金。这些卓越的中心,以及大学雄心勃勃的新工程园区和位于AG真人平台的亨利罗伊斯研究所,将为Graphene City带来令人兴奋的愿景 - 这是一个由领先的2D材料科学家和工程师组成的社区,它本身将成为全球灯塔,吸引人来自全球的投资和创新者。

At AG真人平台 we’re committed to advancing how materials work for the world. We’re revolutionising applications for society and industry, and finding solutions to some of the planet’s most challenging problems.




Global challenge

Globally, up to 435 million people are taking water from unprotected wells and springs and by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. The challenge is to provide safer, accessible and more reliable

Manchester solution

Graphene-based membranes have been described as the perfect barrier. They’re capable of separating two liquids to an exceptional degree and can block even the smallest atom, helium, from passing through. Manchester research will enable future filtration systems to precisely control water permeation – from ultrafast permeation to complete blocking.


Global challenge

Outdoor runners need footwear that combines heavy-duty grip and wear with lightweight construction. Manufacturers have long competed to find a solution to the demands of customers and the terrain.

Manchester solution

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan and his team at Manchester worked with UK running brand inov-8 to produce the world’s first range of sports footwear featuring graphene. The 2D material has been used to develop outsole rubbers that are scientifically proven to be 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing.


Global challenge

Injuries or disease can leave people with significant and lasting physical impediments to daily life, effecting their long-term health and mobility. A priority challenge for biomaterials researchers is restoring biological function with minimum invasiveness.

Manchester solution

改善人类健康和福祉的新医疗方法对于维持英国在医疗技术领域的全球地位至关重要。 Sarah Cartmell教授和她在AG真人平台的团队正在开发生物材料系统,以帮助患者更换受损或缺失的生物结构,这对他们的健康和行动至关重要。通过创建称为支架的可生物降解装置,它们可以引导组织再生,例如骨片或软骨层。


Global challenge

Growing populations and climate change are challenging vehicle manufacturers to find, sustainable solutions to our travel needs. They increasingly need new processes to produce lighter, cheaper and more adaptable materials.

Manchester solution

Cygnet Texkimp是全球航空航天和汽车行业的领先机械制造商,与AG真人平台机器人和纺织复合材料专家合作,寻找一种经济高效,大批量生产高速复杂零件的方法。基于Prasad Potluri教授开发的概念,该合作伙伴关系产生了世界上第一台机器人3D绕线机,它可以彻底改变下一代汽车和飞机的制造。


Global challenge

Plastic waste is a global problem. It’s estimated that 40 billion tons of plastic waste will be in the Earth’s system by 2050.

Manchester solution

Professor Michael Shaver heads a new Manchester-based initiative called RE3 – Rethinking Resources and Recycling – which is working with industry and academic partners to address technological and societal issues around plastic. His vision is to tackle the plastic challenge with breakthroughs in materials science and collective social responsibility.

Preventing corrosion

Global challenge

Globally, corrosion costs more than $2.5 trillion a year. Despite this large economic impact, the fundamental processes of corrosion are poorly understood and industry relies on field experience for its management.

Manchester solution

Researchers led by Dr Brian Connolly at the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, based at Manchester, are working collaboratively to understand the fundamental processes that initiate corrosion. This research will lead to the development of improved strategies to prevent corrosion and ultimately increase the reliability and lifespan of pipelines in the oil and gas industry.


Global challenge

Advanced materials could help solve some of the world’s most critical problems, but we need to accelerate the discovery and development of new materials systems to bring economic and societal benefit to the UK.

Manchester solution



Global challenge

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in 2011 highlighted a challenge with the zirconium alloy used to make fuel rods. At the very high temperatures generated when coolant is lost, this particular alloy reacts with steam to produce explosive hydrogen gas.

Manchester solution

Researchers at Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute are developing fuel solutions that are much more tolerant to prolonged excessive temperatures. Our Zirconium Group is leading MIDAS, a large project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to increase understanding of the metal, enabling its safe use as a primary cladding material in nuclear reactor systems.