Sustainability database


Dr Colin Leach

Reader In Materials Science

This year we have updated final year options in energy conversion, storage and nano-materials, including state of the art graphene lectures.

We ensure our students develop a strong basis in the principles of materials science, leading on from their ‘A’ level studies in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, before developing applied skills through  laboratory work, individual and group research projects and CASE studies.

Research feeds into the syllabus of our courses in two ways. Firstly through substantial individual esearch projects in years 3 and 4 of the course, where students are attached to a research group and engage in specialist research using our modern facilities and resources. Secondly the teaching options delivered in years 3 and 4 are research-led and provide training in specific areas by leaders in these fields.

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Nanostructured Thermoelectric Oxides

Using Thermoelectric (TE) technology to convert waste heat into electric power; a response to concerns over fossil fuels and carbon emissions.