Synthesis and processing

Synthesis and processing at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

Materials scientists, like modern day alchemists, are constantly finding new ways to process innovative materials and to combine materials to engineer groundbreaking results.

Our researches are constantly seeking the discovery of advanced metallic materials, including metal matrix composites and metal foams. One of our teams can boast the creation of a new gold alloy, which is virtually unscratchable, another is pioneering droplet-based methods for producing intelligent microcapsules that release their contents on demand.

Then there are materials that repair themselves: manufacturing composite materials capable of self-healing; or the preparation, characterization, processing, and application of organic molecular and macromolecular materials.

We are also examining folding proteins in order to find new assembly properties in supramolecular materials, and cultivating viruses as a method of fighting cancer.

Some of our scientists are working on the development of various star-shaped, dendritic and hyperbranched polymers that are designed to encapsulate, transport and release various guest substances for biomedical applications.

Key research themes

  • Microstructure design in metals and alloys
  • Health and smart fabrics
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Composite processing
  • Smart materials
  • Drop-based processing
  • Processing-structure-property relations
  • Polymer synthesis and functionalization
  • Supramolecular chemistry