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Functional Materials

The Centre for Materials Science (Chemistry) has two main research themes: Biological Materials and Functional Materials

The Functional Materials Grouping has particular expertise within the following areas:

  • Nano and porous materials
  • Organometallic chemistry and catalysis
  • Nuclear materials
  • Lipid nanostructures

Functional Materials at UCLan is internationally recognised with our staff awarded visiting chairs and regularly invited to present at international conferences. The impact of our research is delivered through very close collaborations with industrial partners. In particular research has driven forward the areas of magnetic bio-separations, food bio-sensors, hierarchically ordered porous superparamagnetic nanocomposites, drug delivery, heterogeneous catalysis, lipid nanostructures and nuclear waste remediation.

Expertise and Subject Areas

Nano and porous materials

Organometallic chemistry and catalysis

Nuclear materials

Lipid nanostructrues

Impact

The approach to impact for the Centre for Materials Science (Chemistry) has led to research outputs with high impact. CMS has focused on three main themes to maximise the impact of our research:

  • Economic – supporting industry, focussed on specific areas of expertise, nationally and internationally through applied research.
  • Public Safety, Wellbeing and Health – Directing applied research towards food security, energy supply and medical technologies.
  • Societal – Developing diagnostic tests and designing drugs that can save lives and increase the efficiency of public services. Developing materials for environmental clean-up and through regular outreach activities.