Cranfield University logoCranfield University

Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano-engineering

Experts in Precision Engineering

Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano-engineering is concerned with the structuring of materials at the nanoscale; a realm where precision and accuracy often comes down to the ability to manipulate individual atoms.   


  • About our engagement with business

    Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano-engineering is concerned with the structuring of materials at the nanoscale; a realm where precision and accuracy often comes down to the ability to manipulate individual atoms.  

  • Working with us

    We actively engage with industry using a multitude of routes ranging from small bespoke exploratory projects through to long-term multi-partner collaborative projects. In each case we work closely with our industrial clients to identify their core needs and define the subsequent  project.

    Examples of common formats include:

    • Three-four month MSc student exploratory projects
    • One year MSc by research student projects
    • Three year PhD projects
    • One-six month exploratory research projects
    • One-two year concept development projects.
  • Professional development (CPD)

    Our short courses are held throughout the year and we are able to offer bespoke courses in-company on request.

    • Online Learning – Principles of Engineering Integration

      07 September 2015

      In partnership with BAE Systems, the course provides understanding of the basic principles of engineering integration issues applied within business.

      More
    • Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course

      21 September - 25 September 2015

      A highly practical, results-orientated, intensive course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products.

      More
    • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

      22 March - 24 March 2016

      A three-day overview of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology with an emphasis on solar collectors, measurement, characterisation, and manufacturing.

      More
    • Optical Thin Film Coatings Technology

      13 July - 15 July 2016

      An overview on optical thin film coatings focussing on multilayer designs, functionality, spectroscopy and coatings for fibre sensors. Encompassing a diverse range of material design & new technology.

      More
    • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

      22 March - 24 March 2016

      A three-day overview of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology with an emphasis on solar collectors, measurement, characterisation, and manufacturing.

      More
    • Online Learning – Principles of Engineering Integration

      07 September 2015

      In partnership with BAE Systems, the course provides understanding of the basic principles of engineering integration issues applied within business.

      More
  • About studying with us

    Reflecting the highly multidisciplinary nature of the subject, those choosing to undertake studies in this area often have a diverse scientific or engineering background yet quickly pick up new skills and knowledge to aid them in their development.

  • Postgraduate degrees full-time

    • Applied Nanotechnology

      Cranfield's MSc is suitable for graduates with science, engineering or related degrees keen to develop careers at the cutting-edge of micro-engineering; or graduates currently working in industry.

      More
  • Postgraduate degrees part-time/executive

    • Applied Nanotechnology

      Cranfield's MSc is suitable for graduates with science, engineering or related degrees keen to develop careers at the cutting-edge of micro-engineering; or graduates currently working in industry.

      More
  • Professional development (CPD)

    Our short courses are held throughout the year and we are able to offer bespoke courses in-company on request.

    • Online Learning – Principles of Engineering Integration

      07 September 2015

      In partnership with BAE Systems, the course provides understanding of the basic principles of engineering integration issues applied within business.

      More
    • Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course

      21 September - 25 September 2015

      A highly practical, results-orientated, intensive course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products.

      More
    • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

      22 March - 24 March 2016

      A three-day overview of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology with an emphasis on solar collectors, measurement, characterisation, and manufacturing.

      More
    • Optical Thin Film Coatings Technology

      13 July - 15 July 2016

      An overview on optical thin film coatings focussing on multilayer designs, functionality, spectroscopy and coatings for fibre sensors. Encompassing a diverse range of material design & new technology.

      More
    • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

      22 March - 24 March 2016

      A three-day overview of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology with an emphasis on solar collectors, measurement, characterisation, and manufacturing.

      More
    • Online Learning – Principles of Engineering Integration

      07 September 2015

      In partnership with BAE Systems, the course provides understanding of the basic principles of engineering integration issues applied within business.

      More
  • Your future career

    Students graduating from our courses end up working in a wide-range of different engineering/science sectors as befits the multidisciplinary nature of the subject.

  • Our people

    • Name: Dr Glenn Leighton
      Job Title: Research Fellow Microsystems & Nanotechn
      Areas of expertise:
      Manufacturing, Manufacturing of Functional Materials, Surface Engineering, Nanotechnology, Precision Engineering, Sensor Technologies, Additional Area, Computing, Simulation and modelling, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering, Structures and Materials
      More
    • Name: Dr Sophie Rocks
      Job Title: Lecturer in Nanotoxicology
      Areas of expertise:
      Environmental Technology, Carbon, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Risk, Health Risks from Hazardous Substances, Nanomaterials, Toxicology and Epidemiology, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
      More
    • Name: Dr Chris Sansom
      Job Title: Reader
      Areas of expertise:
      Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
      More
    • Name: Professor Paul Shore
      Job Title: McKeown Professor of Ultra Precision
      Areas of expertise:
      Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
      More
    • Name: Dr Xavier Tonnellier
      Job Title: Research Fellow - Precision Engineering
      Areas of expertise:
      Aerospace, Aerospace Manufacturing, Energy, Renewable Energy Technologies, Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering, Structures and Materials
      More
  • Our facilities and resources

    We have a number of facilities at our disposal for use when undertaking research projects. 

    Our laboratories and equipment include:

    • Design and manufacturing facilities to create a range of prototype nano and microsensors
    • Metrology facilities for the characterisation of component dimensions at the sub-nano scale
    • Ultra precision machine tools capable of nm accuracy and precision.
  • Clients and partners

    We serve clients from a multitude of industrial sectors. Some of our business partners include:

    • Element 6
    • Gooch & Housego
    • Hexagon
    • Microsharp
    • Qioptiq
    • SKF
    • Westwind
    • Zeiss

    We have worked with a number of research funding bodies and not-for-profit organisations including:

    • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    • European Commission
    • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • Events and networking

    • Masters' Research Exhibition: Materials, Manufacturing and Design

      10 September 2015
      Cranfield

      This event showcases research across our Materials, Manufacturing and Design related Masters' programme, many funded and supported by industrial partners.

      More
    • Careers in Aerospace Live 2015

      06 November

      Royal Aeronautical Society

      Cranfield University will be at the RAeS Careers in Aerospace Live 2015 event where you can find out about our courses to study in aerospace, aeronautical engineering and air transport management.

      More