Research course

Energy Materials

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

2:1 in a relevant engineering, materials of physical science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The OU Materials Engineering Group research into Energy materials falls into two main categories: materials research for nuclear and conventional power station applications; and nonoscale and surface engineering.

Materials used in conventional and nuclear power generation experience some of the harshest operating environments imaginable. The Materials Engineering Group has a wide range of characterisation equipment suitable for this class of material, including state-of-the-art electron microscopy, thermal cycling and creep facilities and non-contact strain measurement equipment. Most projects in this research area are undertaken in close collaboration with UK and European industry or as part of large European consortia.

Nanoscale energy and surface engineering focuses on energy harvesting and storage materials, paying particular attention to surface engineering of 2D materials such as Graphene, boron nitride and Molydenum oxide/supphides for PV and batteries/hydrogen energy applications. Synchrotron based techniques from US, UK and European facilities are used to address key fundamental challenges in these materials.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Professor of Materials for Energy

          +44 (0)1908 655799