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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 carbon dioxide (CO2) produced, for example, by 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.

Developing new mathematics inspired by, or relevant to, physics.

Research into medical imaging instruments and signals for therapeutic, monitoring and diagnostic purposes, and includes image analysis.

Research into electronic devices for processing information, including new applications, new materials and the integration of novel technologies into electronic components.

Research into the development, analysis and implementation of algorithms that harness numerical approaches to mathematical problems.

Design, modelling, fabrication, processing and evaluation of new or improved devices and systems whose quantum unit is the photon.

Design, modelling, fabrication and processing of new or improved active semiconductor-based devices and systems that use electrons and photons.

Growth, formation, processing, measurement, characterisation and multi-scale modelling of dry or wet particulate systems and fluid-particle systems.

Research into both high-temperature, high-density plasmas magnetically confined or laser-produced, and low-temperature, low-density plasmas.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of novel Polymer Materials.

Design, operation, modelling, control and optimisation of chemical, physical and biological bulk-product processes that are conducted continuously or repeatedly.

Quantum devices, components and systems involve the creation, control and manipulation of quantum states to design systems with functionality that could not be achieved in a non-quantum world.

Theoretical and experimental study of superfluids (typically helium), encompassing investigation of a range of their properties.

Understanding and control of the behaviour and interactions of light and matter in terms of quantum mechanics in optical and atomic systems, and the fundamental science of generation, use and manipulation of quantum information.

Design and development of novel device architectures throughout the radio frequency, microwave, millimetre wave and terahertz domain.

Development, optimisation and integration of devices that detect and measure changes in temperature, pressure, vibration and light, for example.

Research and development of devices to harness incident solar radiation for conversion to other energy vectors or for direct use.

The study of the property of electrons known as 'spin' and its potential exploitation in specially designed devices.

Addressing the civil engineering challenges associated with construction materials, structural analysis, and extreme events and structural resilience.

Synthesis, characterisation and fundamental physics of superconducting materials and devices.

Understanding the structure, processes, dynamics and functionality of surfaces and interfaces, and how they determine chemical / physical properties.

The application of engineering tools and principles to design and engineer novel biologically-based parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, as well as the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.

Design and synthesis of novel coordination complexes and ligands, and development of novel synthetic methodologies.

Devising new ways to design and synthesise organic molecules.

With a focus on structures comprising several or many molecules, design and synthesis of chemical systems using molecular self-assembly and recognition.

This research area comprises the funding for CCFE for the UK Magnetic Fusion Research Programme.

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