Research work in the field of Advanced Materials is carried out in the following areas:
- Advanced composite materials and structures
- Metamaterials, novel materials for photonics, materials for nano-antennas
- Exotic materials exhibiting macroscopic quantum coherence (superfluids and superconductors)
Various aspects and applications of advanced composite materials in the aerospace, civil infrastructure, oil and gas, high-end machines, antennas and marine industries are investigated by the Advanced Composite Research Unit (ACRU) members. The research topics and projects include development of new structural design and analysis methods, experimental characterisation of new materials, studies of the structural performance and manufacturing effects. More information can be found at the Unit’s webpage.
Research group led by Dr Haroldo Hattori is working on optical devices having dimensions ranging from hundreds of nanometres to few micrometres. This involves development of new nano-antennas that can handle higher energy densities, new metamaterials with features smaller than the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave that can scan radar signals, and novel saturable absorbers for Q-switched fibre lasers based on novel nano-materials (e.g. graphene oxide, few layers tungsten dissulfide and manganese dioxide nano-particles).
The development of engineered quantum systems is inspired and enabled by exotic materials exhibiting macroscopic quantum coherence. Chief amongst these materials are superfluids and superconductors. The research in this area is carried out by Dr Matt Woolley. Exotic materials such as superfluid helium may be used in gyroscopes and accelerometers, and the design of such devices will require an improved understanding of the dynamics of vortices in the superfluid. Quantum simulators may be able to determine the properties of strongly correlated materials that are not calculable with a classical computer.