Our Research Expertise

Swansea University was created in 1920 to support industry. Since then, it has continued with a strong applied approach to research and innovation.

The Materials department is home to numerous prestigious, £multi-million grants, many of which are linked to industry. They enable us to conduct quality research into large scale photovoltaics, fossil free steel making, computational alloy design, energy storage materials, advanced aerospace materials, advanced imaging, bio polymers and materials degradation.

A thriving Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher community and excellent facilities supports the translation of our research into societal and economic impact and fosters a strong sense of belonging in the department where undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and staff all work alongside each other.

Metallurgy and Coatings

Institute of Structural Materials

Rolls-Royce has collaborated with Swansea University for over 40 years in the field of structural materials, including the recognition of Swansea as a Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC), and the development of the Institute of Structural Materials (ISM).

The ISM plays a key role in helping to develop more fuel efficient gas turbine engines for next generation aircraft, such as the Trent Series of engines used in the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A380, and the forthcoming Ultrafan engine. Through mechanical characterisation of high performance alloys, the ISM is able to contribute to extending the life of current in service materials, whilst ensuring safe operation of future alloys and composites.

The ISM continues to support Rolls-Royce activities towards a reduced carbon future in the aerospace industry, and more recently through greater collaboration with the RR nuclear team in the development of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).

Energy in Buildings