MERI (formerly MRI) has been a centre for research excellence in materials since 1990. This excellence was recognised in 2001 when the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) awarded a 5 rating to the research carried out at MRI. This makes MERI the highest rated department of its type in the new university sector and rated alongside the materials departments of universities such as Liverpool and Queen Mary's.
Our research and consultancy activities are supported by a large advanced equipment base, ranging from the latest electron microscopes to high performance computing hardware.
Our research covers a broad range of topics, from semiconductors to concrete and from theoretical modelling to industrial applied coatings.
We specialise in research relevant to real life. The majority of our activities are focused on real commercial needs and many of our activities are sponsored by companies. This includes sponsorship from a broad range of sectors such as petrochemical, pharmaceutical, electronics, aerospace, automotive, biomedical and many more.