Research and Innovation

Coronavirus breathing aids

Dr Pete Culmer and colleagues have developed a way to convert a sleep apnoea machine into a ventilator to treat people with Covid-19

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Dr Pete Culmer and adapted ventilators
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We are committed to sharing our facilities and associated expertise with external academic and industrial collaborators

Tensile testing the the surgical technologies lab

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Vaccum casting in the surgical technologies lab
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Research and innovation

We have a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real world problems with particular expertise in: engineering systems and design; thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces; medical devices and regenerative medicine.

We have strong links with the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Robotics Leeds, the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

Our research

We have expertise in design systems, solid mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, dynamics and control and optimisation.

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We work to meet the needs of industry and address major societal issues in areas such as energy, transport, sustainability, nanotechnology and healthcare.

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Our research institute is underpinned by scientific and engineering excellence across our core areas of expertise; tribology, corrosion and surface engineering.

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Driven by clinical challenges, we undertake solution focused pioneering research and education in medical technology. We innovate and translate novel therapies into practical clinical applications.

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of our research

has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact, latest REF

Over 75

academic and research staff

working with over 215 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research


in our unit of assessment

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering, latest REF