Our research is focused on solving the challenges we face today and is grouped into six different themes that overlap and support each other. Activities in these themes enable us to tackle the four wider quality-of-life challenges; energy, health and well being; sustainability and water.
To find out more about our research projects and those working to change the future of our world, please read through our blog to hear from our researchers and students first hand.
Climate change, declining oil reserves and increased energy demands are among the greatest challenges to our society in the 21st century. There is an urgent need for action. Work in Manchester is focussing on minimising current energy usage and harmful emissions, maximising the use of current oil reserves, in parallel with developing cost-effective alternative energy sources. Work is driven by a demand to meet future energy usage in an environmentally responsible manner.
Our world faces an unprecedented level of health and well-being challenges due primarily to our ever-increasing global population, ageing demographic and ever-changing life-style choices. In parallel, the cost of discovering and taking new therapeutics to market is increasing exponentially and many of the exciting actives that show the most therapeutic potential are discarded by pharmaceutical companies due to the lack of suitable delivery vehicles or processing routes. Our multi-disciplinary research teams are working in this area to bring complex real world solutions to improve quality of life.
Sustainability is an inherent feature and underpinning philosophy across all our research. It is also a complex concept and covers a multitude of different areas including process design, innovative manufacturing, life cycle sustainability assessment and optimisation, clean and clean-up technologies and sustainable use of resources (water, energy, bio-feedstocks). The research in this area benefits from an integrated approach that combines science, engineering, environmental and socio-economic analysis.
Water has previously been assumed to be a limitless, low-cost resource. However, there is now increasing awareness of the danger to the environment caused by over-extraction of water. At the same time, regulations are driving towards increased quality and safety of drinking water. Our research in this grand challenge area is tackling these problems using an integrative experimental and modelling approach and materials and methodologies developed have been widely adopted both academically and seen many successful practical applications industrially.