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Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano-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.

  • 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.

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    • PhD - School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood:

      Suitable for candidates wishing to combine the depth of a doctoral course with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in your area of specialisation.

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  • 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.

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  • Professional development (CPD)

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

  • 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 Ricardo Goncalves Correia
      Job Title: Research Fellow
      Areas of expertise:
      Health, Smart Materials, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Sensor Technologies, Additional Area, Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
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    • 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
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    • Name: Dr Sophie Rocks
      Job Title: Lecturer in Nanotoxicology
      Areas of expertise:
      Environment, Carbon, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Risk, Health, Health Risks from Hazardous Substances, Nanomaterials, Toxicology and Epidemiology, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
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    • Name: Dr Chris Sansom
      Job Title: Reader
      Areas of expertise:
      Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
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    • Name: Professor Paul Shore
      Job Title: McKeown Professor of Ultra Precision
      Areas of expertise:
      Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, Additional Area, Ultraprecision Technologies and Nano engineering
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    • 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
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  • 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).
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