Research Centres

The College also supports seven inter-disciplinary research centres which concentrate and consolidate the research capabilities and capacities of the college researchers into research teams.  The centres are:

  • The Centre for Industrial & Engineering Optics (CIEO):  researching areas such as holography & holographic recording materials, interferometry, photogrammetry. Holographic gratings and data storage.
  • The Radiation & Environmental Science Centre (RESC): researching areas such as radiobiology, environmental toxicology and biospectroscopy.
  • The Centre for Research into Engineering & Surface Technology (CREST): researching areas such as surface coatings, corrosion control, surface analysis, fundamental & applied industrial research, failure investigations, specification, type approval and material inspection.
  • Inorganic Pharma & Biomimetic Centre researches novel materials for applications as diverse as molecular recognition, biomimetic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.
  • Nanolab has expertise in state of the art nano material characterisation and the analysis of the interaction of nanomaterials with biological systems, both mammalian and aquatic (fresh and marine water) systems.
  • Food & Health Research Centre, researches six thematic areas including functional foods and nutraceuticals, post-harvest and non-thermal technologies, food product development and culinary innovation, food safety and diagnostic tools, small molecule biotechnology and human health and nutrition
  • Applied Intelligence Research Centre which researches the application of computational intelligence technologies to real world problems. The core competencies of the AIRC include machine learning, language technologies, intelligent agents and data analytic.

The College also accommodates to the Marine Research Group and the Physics Education Research Group. The Mathematical Modelling Centre (MMC) brings together expertise in mathematical and statistical modelling to pursue interdisciplinary modelling projects which have the potential to contribute to healthcare and industrial processes amongst other sectors.  The Statistic Advisory Unit (SAU) was set up to offer training and advice to all staff and students across the Institute on experimental design and the statistical analysis of data.

The College is also home to the National Optometry Centre (NOC) which is a dedicated building of 720 m2. Although the NOC is not a dedicated research facility, it further enhances the specialist training capabilities of the faculty and will also help to attract significant research funding moving forward.


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