Manufacturing and Materials

Heriot-Watt University has been awarded one of six research grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with a consortium of 14 leading food and drink companies.

A delegation led by Professor Tariq Durrani, Vice-President (International) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and WANG Jie, Vice-President of Peking University visited Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus to see some of the University’s research projects on Thursday 18 June.

A glass lattice that traps light in such a way that it exhibits ‘infinite mass’ has been devised by a group of physicists within ERPE and Heriot-Watt University.

After months of hard work from pupils and engineers alike, the ‘Small- Plumbing’ project, led by ERPE, came to an end with an illustrious awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. All the attendees enjoyed an inspirational talk from Lucy Ackland, winner of the 2014 Women’s Engineering Society Prize.

On Thursday 14 May the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh welcomed the Energy Academy and Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, as hosts of the first Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2015, supported by Scottish Energy News.

A system which could help keep the UK’s lights on and save the energy industry millions has been devised by a group of Heriot-Watt PhD students on a three month multi-disciplinary project.

Dr Will Shu and his Bioengineering team have demonstrated their 3D stem cell printer at the Science Museum in London, as part of the Museum’s Lates programme - a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change.

ERPE alumna Dr Suzanne Costello, who studied for both her Physics undergraduate degree and her Engineering doctorate at Heriot-Watt, has been elected Chair of the UK chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS); the first woman to hold the role.

Dr David Flynn, of ERPE MAnufacturing & Materials theme, has been selected as a finalist in the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2015.

Dr Flynn, Deputy Director of Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISEC) and Heriot-Watt Deputy Director of CDT Embedded Intelligence, was shortlisted under two separate headings, ‘Best Offshore Renewable Energy Innovation’ and ‘Best University Technology’

School pupils from Inverkeithing High School and Liberton High School have been designing structures of the size of one single human hair to solve current engineering challenges.

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

Tuesday 14 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Ada Lovelace Day Podcast
To celebrate we have developed an Ada Lovelace Day podcast (16 mins) of staff and students sharing stories of STEM women who have inspired them.

Colleagues featured in this recording are:

ERPE student Jamie Hearle has been named as one of the UK’s brightest young engineers after winning a prestigious scholarship.

Jamie, who is studying an MEng in Industrial Engineering (Chemical), has won the Whitworth Scholarship Award which will contribute £2,500 per year towards his Chemical Engineering degree at Heriot-Watt University.

Jamie Hearle being presented with the award by Group Commander Mark Hunt, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Scott Witting, President of the Whitworth Society

On Friday 26 September, a host of Heriot-Watt academics and students took the opportunity to share their research with the public at the Explorathon - Scotland's first European Researchers' Night.

Dr Melanie Jimenez demonstrates water purification with lego and magnets.

Last week, 17 year old Tanya Khumalo from Gracemount High School joined Dr Helen Bridle as part of the Equate Scotland CareerWISE programme, which aims to encourage more girls to consider SET careers through work experience. Science, engineering and technology (SET) are vital to Scotland’s future yet many women are not entering these sectors.

The Guardian's Smallword Nanotech reports on interdisciplinary research carried out between ERPE, University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry and private firm Nanoflex Ltd. You can read the full article below and find further links to the research group, the researchers, their work and publications.

Dr Adam A. Stokes from the ERPE Scottish Microelectronics Centre has been appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.

A new tool designed to make water births safer and easier and to benefit pregnant women and midwives has been designed by a team from Heriot-Watt, led by Professor Marc Desmulliez, the University of Edinburgh and Loughborough University.

Research Futures has hosted the first UK national EPSRC Engineering Roadshow for Early Career Researchers at the Postgraduate Centre at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) is a newly established research hub in Scotland for catalysis training and research. It comprises the combined chemistry and chemical engineering Schools of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Heriot-Watt Universities and encompasses training and research in all aspects of catalysis.

Launching Synthetic Aesthetics at the V&A Friday

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of our book,Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature at the at the V&A Friday Late: Synthetic Aesthetics at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday 25 April, 18:30 to 22:00.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, paid a visit to Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus to visit cutting-edge laboratories and hear about research projects, as part of the Common Purpose CSC Leaders programme.

Heriot-Watt Crucible, the highly successful leadership and development programme for research leaders of the future, has been run for the sixth time. Joining researchers from Heriot-Watt on the programme this time were participants from University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey, Moredun Research Institute and Selex ES.

A first-year Heriot-Watt University student, Tarige Kamblawi, is looking to help UK households reduce water usage and energy bills, with an idea he has submitted to the Shell Ideas360 competition.

Eco Kettle
A video of Tarige discussing his Cordless Dual-Chambered Eco Kettle can be found here.

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) spatial light modulators (SLMs) researched and developed within ERPE and the School of Physics. This team has developed high performance Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal on Silicon (FLCoS) SLMs with industrial companies such as Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD).


The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering is a strategic alliance between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
Working with academic and commercial partners we aim to deliver world leading research and expertise in engineering to the greatest commercial, social and economic impact and benefit through education and advancement in science and engineering.

Energy and Resource Management

Material Research

Research Aims

We seek to understand the properties of materials, pioneer new kinds of materials, and optimise advanced materials for important problems facing society, such as reducing CO2 emissions, a sustainable energy supply, and materials for novel therapeutics.

Optical Engineering, Daniel Esser Laser Systems

Research Aims

Our research aims to solve a wide range of challenges in manufacturing and medicine;

  • as highly flexible and remotely-directed sources of energy
  • and as the basis of sensing and metrology systems

Research Challenges

Challenges include the realisation of:

Research Aims

Our aim is to research and develop innovative diagnostic, therapeutic and real-time monitoring biomedical devices and technologies.

Research Challenges

The main research initiatives in Bioengineering can be split into three key areas:

Dr Jane Blackford, Snow and Ice Research

The objectives of the institute are to carry out world-class research on the design, synthesis, processing, properties and applications of materials, to develop relevant research tools, and to provide high quality training in research for both postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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