Research and innovation

Treating cancer

Researchers, including Professor Stephen Evans, have shown that tiny gold nanotubes could treat cancer caused by asbestos fibres

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Gold nanotubes
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Wolfson Imaging Facility

The first facility in the UK to give scientists a dynamic view of molecular interaction in real time is being developed at the University

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Molecules moving in cells
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Research excellence

We're top 5 nationally for research impact

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Research and innovation

Our research activity covers the following main areas: Star and planetary system formation; Spintronics in condensed matter; Experimental biophysics and bio-nanoscience; Dynamics of polymers and complex fluids; and Quantum information theory and its applications. We are applying our collective expertise to the development of sustainable energy harvesting and storage, and towards translation into healthcare and medicine.

Our research, with wider economic impact, includes the development of functionalised nano-materials for use in photo-voltaics and in the catalysis of methanol oxidation, the micro-bubble delivery of medication to cancerous tissue, and quantum sensing applications for medical imaging.

We have strong links with the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and the Bragg Centre for Materials Research.

Our research

Our research covers a variety of astrophysics topics, ranging from nearby objects in the solar system to the far reaches of the Universe.

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We are a centre of excellence for spintronics, a new technology that utilises a quantum property of the electron known as spin.

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We focus on the formation, structure, dynamics and interactions of matter at the molecular and nanoscale.

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We study liquid and solid polymeric phases, macromolecular architecture and dynamics, statistical physics of complex fluids, and biophysics.

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We are involved in solving some of the challenges of modern theoretical physics, ranging from quantum information to biophysics.

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We are undertaking research to gain an understanding of the ways students learn physics and develop as physicists in the 21st Century.

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of our research activity is

‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent, latest REF

Over 50

academic and research staff

working with over 90 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research


our research has

‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable' impact, latest REF