Addressing Real-World Issues

The long-standing reputation of Brunel’s research is especially renowned in its prestigious Specialist Research Institutes.

  • The Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology is world famous for the new technologies it has launched in the field of alloys, the purification of recycled metals and in understanding liquid metals and how they can bring higher efficiency and environment benefits to a multitude of industries.

  • The Brunel Innovation Centre focuses on acoustic waves and allied technologies covering sensors, electronics and software systems.

  • The Experimental Techniques Centre focuses on surface science, thin films, materials and nanoscale investigations.

  • The Health Economics Research Group has a 20-year history in the Economic evaluation of clinical and health service technologies.

  • The world-renowned Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, founded by Professor Heinz Wolff, has pushed the boundaries in medical and health engineering, and the health and space industries for more than 25 years.

  • The Institute for the Environment, headed by one of the world’s most cited environmental scientist, addresses environmental problems such as ecotoxicology and environmental hazards.

  • The Magna Carta Institute analyses how best to create and maintain just societies that balance personal freedom and authority, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and society.

  • The Wolfson Centre specialises in innovative materials and their processing as well as materials that emit light such as phosphors.
Prof Fan 


Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology hosts the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering (LiME), one of the three new Government-funded manufacturing research centres that form part of a £70 million Government investment to boost high-tech manufacturing business in the UK.

LiME, led by Brunel’s Professor of Metallurgy Zhongyun Fan, will make a significant contribution to the metals industry, worth £17 billion a year to the UK economy by finding new ways to manufacture and use metals more sustainably and cost-effectively.


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