Welcome to the Functional Materials Division
The Functional Materials Division brings together the Institute’s interests in the area of functional materials – materials that go beyond simply imparting mechanical, electrical or thermal characteristics. Functional materials are able to interact with their environment, be it responding to external stimuli or acting upon the environment around them.
Examples of functional materials include piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, pyroelectrics, ferroelectrics, electroluminescents, photocatalysts and ion conductors.
This remit encompasses a range of material terms including smart materials, active materials, nanomaterials and nanotechnology and covers activity ranging from materials synthesis and processing through to device design, manufacture and characterisation.