Research & Teaching

Students doing their research in Sheffield NanoLAB.


Nanomaterials and NanoEngineering

Improved performance and novel functionality of products can be achieved by modifying material chemistry and microstructure at the micro-nanoscale. However, this size range requires the application of a range of specialist characterisation techniques to measure material properties.

Sheffield NanoLAB has over 25 years of experience in applying advanced characterisation methodologies to develop and improve the material design, including Structural Alloys/Ceramics/Glasses, Coatings, Functional Nanoparticles (Catalysis, Healthcare, Batteries).

Research Fields:

  • Structural Materials
  • Nanotribology
  • Catalysis
  • Energy & Environment

See also:

> Our Current Research Projects

Advanced Characterisation

Analytical science is crucial to evaluating materials, whose structure and chemistry vary on the micron-nano scale. We employ a range of cutting edge methodologies, including Advanced Electron and Ion Microscopy, Nanomechanical testing and Electrochemical testing to evaluate structural, chemical, electrical and thermal properties at the nanoscale. We also develop in situ/in operando methodologies for assessment of nanomaterial structure/function in different environments and timescales.

Research Fields:

  • Nanomechanics
  • Tomography
  • Electron & Ion Microscopy
  • In-situ/in operando Microscopy


Current modules taught in Materials Science and Engineering include:

  • MAT1910: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
  • MAT6002/MAT6665: Materials Processing and Characterisation / Electron Microscopy Analysis
  • MAT6671: Functional Nano- and Bio-Nanomaterials / Nanotribology and Nanomechanics
  • CPE612: Fundamentals of Energy Storage / Nanomaterials for Batteries
  • MAT Tutorial Groups: Year 1-4
  • MAT356/4356: Final Year Projects BEng/MEng
  • MAT6040: PGT/MSc Research Projects
  • MSE Director of UG Final Year Projects (Prof B.J. Inkson)

See also:

> Under graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering

> MSc in Nanomaterials and Materials Science