Research topics

There is a broad range of potential research topics in the IfM ranging from policy, strategy and management through to the science and technology manufacturing.

Student research can either build upon work in existing areas, or can develop along new avenues.  Early discussions with prospective supervisors at the IfM are encouraged - please make contact with a supervisor in your area of interest by email including a short summary of your research interests and your CV.

The centres and supervisors currently are focussed around the following clusters:


Carbon nanotubes, Graphene, Nanomanufacturing, Nanotechnology

  • Dr Michaël De Volder 

Distributed information and automation

  • Professor Duncan McFarlane, Dr Ajith Parlikad

Engineering design and design management

  • Dr James Moultrie

Global supply networks and international manufacturing

  • Dr Jag Srai, Dr Yongjiang Shi

Industrial photonics

  • Professor Bill O'Neill

Industrial sustainability

  • Dr Claire Barlow, Dr Steve Evans

Inkjet science and technology

  • Professor Ian Hutchings, Dr Ronan Daly

Innovation management

  • Dr Tim Minshall, Dr Rob Phaal, David Probert 

Manufacturing and industry education

  • Tom Ridgman, Dr Tim Minshall 

Production processes

  • Dr Claire Barlow, Dr Ronan Daly, Dr Michael De Volder, Prof Bill O'Neill 

Science technology and innovation policy

  • Dr Eoin O'Sullivan 

Service, service innovation, business models, strategy, performance

  • Professor Andy Neely, Dr Chander Velu 

Strategic technology management

  • Dr Rob Phaal, David Probert

Technology enterprise

  • Professor Tim Minshall 


  • Professor Bill O'Neill




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