Research activity

A wide range of research is carried out under the Functional Materials theme. Centres, groups and projects have been created to carry out essential research into the area.


Centre for Graphene Science A £5million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) centre, with outputs including the creation of GraphExeter.
Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) CALM is a manufacturing centre founded in collaboration with EADS for the benefit of business.
Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT) X-AT is a commercially orientated manufacturing centre that has provided engineering solutions for several businesses, including Aerocatch and the Eden Project.


Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials The group undertakes pioneering research with metamaterials and are developing new designs for radio frequency identification, anti-counterfeiting, and sound proofing technologies.
Functional Materials This research has real world applications; from electronic, magnetic and optical memories, to energy storage, to medical diagnosis, to high-strength composite.
Materials and Manufacturing

The group's research centres on how to develop, produce, and exploit the commercial benefits of new materials, innovative new products and high value, low carbon processes.

Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials Outputs for this group include developing a unique milli-Kelvin torsion balance magnetometer with the extremely high sensitivity necessary to measure the tiny magnetisations of these sheets of electrons (in collaboration with Cardiff University).


The Quest for Ultimate Electromagnetics using Spatial Transformations (QUEST) The QUEST project aims to introduce a paradigm shift in the manipulation of electromagnetic fields and establish a new multi-disciplinary research team of sufficient size and diversity to give the UK impact in this field. Queen Mary, University of London, University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, Dstl, BAE Systems, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Cobham plc, Flann Microwave, National Physical Laboratory
CareRAMM This project focuses on the exploration and development of next generation data storage/memory materials via two main carbon-based routes. IBM Zurich, RWTH Aachen University, University of Cambridge, Institute of Solid State Physics
Graphene on Silicon Free Electron Laser (GOSFEL) The aim of this project is to demonstrate a new type of compact laser source by exploiting the unique properties of graphene to realise a solid-state free electron laser. University of Augsburg, ETH Zurich, Norsk Elektro Optikk
General functional materials projects We have worked on several EPSRC projects. These include investigations into plasmonic antenna for magneto-optical imaging, novel manufacturing processes for helical auxetic yarns and investigating the performance of lightweight ceramic nanocomposites. Collaborators include:

Dstl, National Institute for Materials Science, Auxetix Ltd, Fothergill Engineered Fabrics Ltd, Wisla Narrow Fabrics
Graphene projects In addition to funding the Centre for Graphene Science, EPSRC have also funded projects focusing on the deposition and patterning of graphene materials, disruptive optoelectronic manufacturing and low carbon refractory composites. Collaborators include:

Asylum Research, Oxford Instruments plc, IBM, Thomas Swan and Co Ltd, Picosun, Johnson Matthey plc, QinetiQ, University of Bristol
World Materials Network projects The World Materials Network is a programme of international research collaborations. We have worked on projects to understand the optical-electrical behaviour in nanoscale materials and the spin dynamics of ferromagnetic interfaces. Collaborators include:

University of Pennsylvania, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkley