Materials Science (Chemistry)

Supported by state-of-the-art facilities, UCLan research into materials and their properties involves significant collaborative activity with international partners and industry to provide a focus for cutting-edge research.

Materials Science


The Centre for Materials Science (CMS) is an interdisciplinary research centre that provides a focus for the study of materials and their properties.

The Centre’s active research themes include:

  • Nano-materials
  • Novel materials
  • Porous materials
  • Nuclear materials
  • Organic materials
  • Polymers
  • Microwave technology
  • Materials processes
  • Theoretical modelling

The CMS has recently expanded into new purpose-built laboratories boasting a well-equipped analytical instrumentation suite. In addition to an extensive range of chromatographic, surface and thermal analysis techniques, specialist equipment includes:

  • NMR with solids probe
  • XRD
  • SEM with elemental analysis
  • TEM
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • ICP-MS
  • Multi-wavelength Raman Spectroscopy

To find out more about research in Materials Science, please contact any of the staff below.


UCLan research staff within the CMS are engaged in a number of collaborative research programmes, with international partners including:

  • Laboratoire Catalyse et Spectrochimie
  • University of Caen, France
  • Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
  • Fudan University, China.

UCLan CMS also enjoys a number of partnerships within industry, such as, the National Nuclear Laboratory, the German based Q- Bioanalytic and Jaguar Cars. With a significant portion of work sponsored by industry, much of the research conducted by UCLan CMS includes commercially sensitive, patentable methods and devices. There are currently four patents in preparation. CMS staff serve on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College and are members of a European Union research network and four EPSRC networks.

Three EPSRC CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentships are held, one of which is in the area of green synthesis of polymers.

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