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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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Development of novel techniques, or novel application of existing techniques, to analyse chemical or biological matter and systems, for example.

The study of antimatter physics by the production of atomic systems containing antiparticles.

Biophysics combines approaches from physics with biological questions and hypotheses; Soft Matter Physics investigates soft condensed matter systems.

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

Development of new Catalysis concepts and catalytic processes, preparation of new/improved catalysts and studies to understand catalytic mechanisms.

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.

Theoretical and experimental studies of atomic and molecular species cooled to sub-millikelvin temperatures and their science applications.

Characterisation, modelling, formulation and processing of complex fluids (e.g. blood, creams, pastes and emulsions).

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

Research into the links between electronic structure and material properties.

Research into the fundamental physics of magnetism and into magnetic materials.

Research into underpinning optoelectronic technologies for the display of text, graphics, images and video.

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

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

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

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of graphene, carbon nanotubes and other carbon-based nanomaterials.

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

Theoretical and experimental research in atom-light interactions, laser trapping, optical tweezers, spanners, traps and atomic optics.

Logic includes model theory, recursion theory, proof theory and set theory. Combinatorics is concerned with the study of discrete structures such as graphs and hypergraphs.

Understanding, modelling and processing ceramics with respect to the properties, performance, behaviour and development of novel materials.

Understanding, modelling and processing composites with respect to the properties, performance, behaviour and development of novel materials.

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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