Credit: Robert Allen (Postgraduate)
Carbon Nanotube structure.

Our research

Engineering at the University of Exeter has an international reputation for producing world-leading research, particularly in the areas of Materials and Manufacturing, Functional Materials, Water and Environment, and Renewable Energy.

We combine leading academics with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to provide the perfect environment for research excellence and innovation. This helps create an energetic and vibrant academic community for our students and staff.

Our progressive research culture is underpinned by our continued investment, which has not only allowed us to retain key academics but complement them with a series of new, outstanding appointments, doubling our team in recent years.

Our extended academic team, together with a growing population of research students, contribute to a strong, dynamic and thriving research community. An investment of more than £5 million has also been spent on refurbishment and expansion of key facilities.

Our research centres, such as the Centre for Water Systems and Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing, provide the focus for significant multi-disciplinary research activity, transferring technology between academia and industry.

Our research plays a pivotal role in the University's Science Strategy via the Functional Materials key theme. We run a number of research-led innovative masters and postgraduate research programmes.

Research groupContact
Water and the environment
Research in this group focuses on infrastructure; notably water systems, structural mechanics, computational geomechanics, and sensing and computing for intelligent infrastructure. The group hosts the Centre for Water Systems which uses informatics to tackle problems of support, development and operationalisation of sustainable water management.
Professor Zoran Kapelan
Nano Engineering Science and Technology Group
Research in the design and fabrication of novel materials, the understanding, via modelling and experimental characterisation, of their physical properties and their exploitation for a range of real-world applications; from electronic, magnetic and optical memories, to energy storage, to medical diagnosis, to high-strength composites and much more.
Professor David Wright
Materials and manufacturing
Research activity in multi-functional materials, additive manufacturing, low-carbon manufacturing and sustainable technologies, biomedical engineering, and manufacturing systems, supply chains and logistics.
Professor David Zhang
Renewable energy
Research spans marine renewable energy, power conditioning and grid interconnection, solar energy, energy storage, carbon capture and storage and biomass. Energy policy research is focused on renewable heat, marine energy and technology innovation.
Dr Lars Johanning

Structures and dynamics
Equipped to tackle a range of fundamental problems in infrastructure, aerospace, and biomedical systems. It has international leads in vibration serviceability and structural health monitoring that it will apply to meeting the challenges of managing the performance of new-build and ageing critical infrastructure, in particular bridges.

Professor James Brownjohn
Camborne School of Mines
One of the world’s most famous mining schools. Founded in 1888, CSM now has a unique combination of scientific and engineering expertise in geology, mining and minerals processing and applies this to world-leading research and teaching.
Professor Hylke J Glass
Research centres 
Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing
The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) is an industry facing business technology centre based at the University of Exeter and provides technical expertise in Additive Layer Manufacturing to businesses across all sectors.
Dr Sara Flint
Centre for ALternative MAterials and REmanufacturing Technologies
An exciting new initiative that has been established to provide South West businesses with the expertise, advice and support to optimise the use of composites and plastics (thermosets and thermoplastics).

Paul McCutchion

Centre for Business and Climate Solutions
A business technology centre, which will help businesses in the south west of England to adopt a more sustainable way of working.
Lucy Hawkins
Centre for Energy and the Environment
An interdisciplinary team who conduct applied research into sustainable buildings, energy policy and the impacts of climate change on the built environment.
Anthony Norton
Centre for Graphene Science
The Centre for Graphene Science brings together the Universities of Exeter and Bath in internationally leading research in graphene.  Our high-quality research environments and state-of-the-art equipment are bridging the gap between the scientific development and industrial application of this revolutionary new technology.
Dr Alan Usher
Centre for Water Systems
The internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems provides vital research into water systems planning, design and operation.
Professor Dragan Savic
Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT)
X-AT is a multi-talented team dedicated to commercially orientated research in the core themes of advanced manufacturing and materials development.
Professor Ken Evans