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Faculty of Engineering


The University of Leeds is pushing the boundaries of research into nanotechnology in all areas of science and engineering. What makes this so effective at Leeds, is our inter-disciplinary approach.

Over 200 research staff collaborate across four faculties on our internationally leading nanotechnology research. By working in partnership, our physicists, biologists, engineers and chemists develop new discoveries into practical, useable applications for the real world.

One of our key goals is to use our research expertise to develop real-world applications and we are currently working on projects across a spectrum of companies.

Get in touch with one of our industry-focussed groups, described below, to find out how we can work together.

- The Nanofactory brings together nanotechnology experts from the universities of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Our aim is to utilise the world-class expertise offered by these Universities and businesses in the Yorkshire & Humber region, to accelerate innovation and create commercial opportunities in micro & nano technologies.

- Nanomanufacturing enables us to take nanotechnology related breakthroughs in fundamental science and translate them into manufactured goods or nano-enabled products. The NanoManufacturing Institute acts as a vital conduit between academia and industry, taking research to industry and bringing the needs of industry back into the university; tailoring science to meet the needs of the market.

- ParticlesCIC provides an integrated approach to formulation design and manufacturing and adds value by accelerating the product development cycle. Our laboratories offer an extensive range of nanoparticle and surface characterisation facilities including state-of-the-art Atomic Force Microscopy.

Key contacts
Bionanotechnology research
Professor Giles Davies

Nanocharacterisation research
Professor Rik Brydson

Nanoelectronics research
Professor Edmund Linfield

Nanoparticles research
Professor Andy Mullis

Membrane Interface research
Professor Steve Evans