Research Group

Materials Engineering

The Materials Engineering Research Group conducts research into the properties, behaviour and structure of materials to enhance their performance.

Research Contact:

Professor Erich Kisi, Director

Materials are crucial to most aspects of our lives. Products such as computer chips, jet engines, surgical tools and solar cells are directly related to the engineering of materials. Materials engineering encompasses a range of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers (plastics), semiconductors, and composites. The ability to manipulate the properties, behaviour and structure of a material to enhance its performance is of interest to materials engineers. The School of Engineering has broad expertise in this area.

Research into materials such as metals and alloys has significant benefits to industry.
Metals are used widely in industry because they possess unique combinations of mechanical properties such as strength, ductility and toughness. The relationship between to material synthesis, form