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Research areas

The WCBU is made up of four divisions and its diverse staff all work in one or more of them. The divisions are:

Displays, Electronics and Lighting division

The Displays, Electronics and Lighting division has its roots in the Centre for Phosphors and Display Materials, formerly at the University of Greenwich, which moved to Brunel in 2006 along with the Centre’s current director, Prof. Jack Silver. Research areas include OLEDs, alternating current luminescence (ACEL) and phosphors as LED colour convertors.

  • Academic staff: Prof Jack Silver, Prof Chris Frampton, Prof Poopathy Kathirgamanathan, Prof Asim Ray, Dr George Fern and Dr Paolo Coppo. 
  • Visiting professors : Prof Tim Bushell, Prof John Fyson, Prof Dan den Engleson and Prof Chris Winscom.
  • Research Staff: Dr Paul Harris, Dr Terry Ireland, Dr Paul Marsh

Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles and Nanocatalysts

Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles and Nanocatalysts:- As a part of materials science, the study of matter at the nanoscale has seen an upsurge in interest in recent years, a change which is reflected at the Wolfson Centre.  Current work in this area includes pollen-based titania nanoparticle coatings for bullet casings which label the hands of those who have touched them, allowing subsequent identification (New Scientist, 16th June 2012). Nanoparticle phosphors and display materials for lighting and display industries and for plastic electronics.

  • Academic staff: Prof Paul Sermon, Prof Jack Silver, Prof Chris Frampton, Prof Poopathy Kathirgamanathan  Dr George Fern and Dr Paolo Coppo.
  • Visiting professors: Prof Tim Bushell, Prof Dan den Engleson and Prof Chris Winscom.
  • Research Staff: Dr Paul Harris, Dr Terry Ireland, Dr Paul Marsh

Polymer and Biopolymers Processing

Research aims to improve manufactured polymers by understanding and controlling composition and structure. We bring together expertise in the field of polymer processing with a wide range of industrial techniques, including unique mixing and injection moulding techniques developed here. Current and recent projects include research into fire retardant textiles, biodegradable packaging and the formulation of biofuels. Work on moulding and extrusion processes has generated a significant portfolio of patents and intellectual property rights, which is reflected in a number of commercial licenses and spin-out ventures.

  • Academic staff: Prof Karnik Taverdi, Prof Jim Song, Prof Jack Silver and Dr Peter Allan (Reader).
  • Visiting Professor: Prof Edward Kosier.
  • Research Staff:  Dr Paul Marsh 

Biomass and Biofuels Engineering

SUPRABIO is a €20M collaborative project, funded by the European Commission and aimed at finding improved methods of producing fuels, chemicals and materials from biomass. The consortium of 16 partners from 8 European countries and led by Brunel University is committed to making bio refineries a realistic proposition within Europe, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels for transport and energy by moving towards the use of biomass feedstocks to produce the products we need. A large follow up projrct has started in this area and it overlaps with other division interests in the WCBU

Academic staff: Prof. Ashok Bhattacharya, Prof Paul Sermon and Prof Karnik Taverdi

Although there are four divisions in the WCBU there are many areas of interest at the interfaces between them and a number of unique research programs with both industry and research councils have come from the synergies between the staff in the different areas.