The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) – a centre of excellence helping to create a more efficient, sustainable future for us all.
Our vision is “To undertake internationally leading research and postgraduate training in selected fields in materials science and engineering, serving the future emerging needs of industry and society.”
Research focuses on:
- carbon, electroceramics, novel alloys and steels, photonic materials and
- textile structures.
All of the above are supported by microstructural, nanochemical and bulk physical property characterisation, embracing fundamental studies and modelling through to product design and fabrication.
Current activities are organised within 4 main areas, of which one (Fibrous Structures), forms part of the research activity of the School of Design:
- Functional Materials, incorporating:
- Fibrous Structures
- Metallurgy, incorporating:
- Characterisation and Modelling
The institute also leads the Leeds Electron Microscopy & Spectroscopy Centre (LEMAS).
IMR is one of three institutes within SPEME, a research oriented School with a high '5' rating from the RAE 2001 research review, and rated 3rd after Oxford and Cambridge with a GPA of 3.00 in the RAE 2008 review..