New Materials: Towards Sustainable Technologies

We are a world-leading group of scientists investigating novel applications and related technologies deriving from new materials, including graphene and other graphene-like, two-dimensional materials.

Our research spans wearable technologies, sustainable clothing and smart composites. We are researching the development of next generation wearable electronic textiles, that can generate and store energy, and continuously monitor vital medical signs, including body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate.  Despite their novelty, such textiles can be washed, worn and produced like any other piece of clothing.

By developing sustainable clothing from recycled plastics, our research is addressing one of society’s most pressing environmental issues: plastic pollution. We are also exploring how graphene could be used to create stronger, lighter, more sustainable composite materials with added functionalities. The potential applications of such composites are vast in number and could benefit a wide range of sectors such as transport and the environment.

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