Ceramics and Glass Research Group
Our research in ceramics and glasses focuses on the development of new materials and tailoring of materials properties for a wide range of applications. These include structural ceramics such as refractories and clayware; novel energy harvesting and storage electroceramics; ceramic composites for electrical, energy and armour applications; and glasses for technical, optical, energy, radioactive waste immobilisation and biomedical applications.
Using a wide range of fabrication and sample preparation facilities combined with advanced analytical techniques, we have developed new ceramic and glass materials with new and improved optical, electronic, structural, physical, chemical and mechanical properties.
Our research is closely aligned with industrial applications and is positively impacting on key business challenges, for example reducing energy consumption and waste; improving product quality; new electronic and thermoelectric components; dental materials; ceramic armour; and solar energy materials.
We work closely with industry and key academic partners to carry out research into new structural ceramics in areas including:
- Ceramic manufacture, energy and sustainability
- Refractory fibres for thermal insulation
- Novel processing methods for structural ceramics
- Raw material development
- Furnace refractory analysis and development