The Engineering Research Institute (ERI) is one of a small number of high priority research areas identified as such by the University of Ulster. Over a number of years, it has had a very high profile in research and impact associated with structural and advanced functional materials, relating to medical devices, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, plasmas, photocatalysis, coatings, sensors, composites and metal forming.

In particular the Institute has focused on it’s three research centres: The Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC); The Engineering Composites Research Centre (ECRE) and the Advanced Metal Forming Centre (AMFoR).

These research Centres constitute a wide range of engineering led disciplines such as Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering, Clean Technology, Connected Health Devices, Nanotechnology, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine and Metal Forming. The Institute has brought together a multi-disciplinary group of staff from a range of disciplines to undertake various forms of advanced materials research, including such topics as; composite structures, materials characterisation, sensor fabrication, biomaterial processing, plasma processing, metal forming, nanoscience and nanofabrication. The Institute has a particular focus on interacting with Industry, Clinicians and Society in order to benefit all communities within today’s rapid growing knowledge based economic environment. The Institute Members also collaborates with numerous International partners.

Strong International collaborations have been developed and large infrastructural and project funding has been a highlight of this rapidly growing research area.

Technology transfer is also a key objective and the Institute is one of Northern Irelands leaders in intellectual property exploitation, with over 6 successful spin-out companies. The overall objective of ERI is to investigate the structure-function relationships of, and the interactions between materials, processes, devices and performance, in support of the economic and social development of science, engineering, industry and technology transfer.

REF2014 results show Engineering at Ulster is in the top 20 within the UK and the leading materials research institute in Northern Ireland.  100% of our research impact is world or internationally leading and we are in the top UK quartile across all research topics. We have grown our research quality at world and international level by over 50%. Overall, this is a significant improvement in our performance since the last assessment and a credit to a small but growing research institute established less than 25 years ago.

The Assessment Panel for this highly competitive and economically important discipline were looking at scientific discovery, engineering innovation and research impact among the strongest academic institutions in the UK. The outcome for Ulster is a reward for the strategic focus in nanotechnology, bioengineering, composites and advanced materials research and provides a strong foundation for future growth of the young and dynamic Engineering Research Institute.  click here for further info.

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