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Research areas

An A-Z list of all research areas. On each research area page you will find a description of the area, along with details of and reasons for the strategic actions EPSRC intends to take. To help digest the information we have introduced visual icons to summarise particular highlights in the strategic focus of each research area. The Icons are not intended to cover all potential topics. Please use the filters to customise the listing on this page.

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The thermochemical conversion of biomass to heat, electricity and liquid fuels, for example.

Quantitative engineering research into the design and operation of buildings and the construction processes involved.

The capture of CO2 from power stations and energy-intensive industry and its secure long-term storage.

Development of novel chemical tools and technologies for the understanding of biology and the synthesis of biological and biologically active molecules.

The study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in gas and solution phase, and at surfaces.

Determination of chemical structure by spectroscopic, diffraction and thermodynamic techniques.

The addressing of engineering challenges related to combustion dynamics through multi-scale modelling and experimental approaches.

Explores the behaviour of complex systems by focusing on the interconnections of their components and on systems architecture.

The study of chemistry by computational or theoretical means and/or development of new computational and theoretical methods.

Research into the mathematical modelling of continuous media, encompassing classical solid and fluid mechanics and complex media.

Encompasses theories, methodologies and tools for modelling, analysis, design and optimisation of self-regulating systems, with an emphasis on uncertainty and robustness of feedback systems. This research area underpins a number of others across the engineering and physical sciences research base.

Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls.

The study of chemical phenomena associated with charge transfer, charge separation and electrochemical reactions at interfaces.

Research into energy demand and its reduction through technical and socio-economic measures. It includes research in the context of the built environment, transport, heat, industrial processes and products.

Assesses the effects of decarbonisation on the existing energy supply and transmission networks and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges.

The study of materials and systems which store electrochemical, thermal or kinetic energy for later use.

All aspects of fundamental fluid dynamics research applied to aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, turbulence and areas relevant to process engineering.

The study of fundamental, generic and applied concepts concerning the conversion of coal, oil and gas into electricity for grid use, and the integration of these technologies into the renewable sector.

The study of devices which generate electricity directly through the oxidation of fuel.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional ceramic and inorganic materials.

Generation, storage and utilisation of synthetic chemical energy carriers and synthetic fuels (e.g. hydrogen).

Quantitative engineering research relating to the development of resilient infrastructure and urban systems.

The study and research of devices and systems to capture and utilise the kinetic or oscillatory energy of bodies of water.

Understanding, modelling and processing of metals and alloys with respect to the properties and material behaviour and development of novel materials.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional materials to be used in energy applications.

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