Research themes


The four themes are:


Soft Matter Manufacturing Research

Controlling and manipulating the hierarchical structure of polymers, gels and biological materials to develop versatile materials with different chemical, physical and biological properties.



Novel Digital Manufacturing Techniques

Our research focuses on using digital fabrication techniques to enable novel platform technologies that can be used in environmental sensing, biosensing, drug delivery and biomaterial design.



Manufacturing Device Platforms

Following on from the FP7 funded BiognostiX project, this work examines novel approaches to microfluidic and paper-based microfluidic device manufacture with an emphasis on biosensing and configuration at the point of manufacture.


Pathways to manufacturing

Identifying key ‘manufacturability’ challenges facing emerging technologies. Working closely with the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, we aim to develop a systematic process for early identification of manufacturing risk factors.

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