Materials and Manufacturing
The primary focus of our Materials and Manufacturing research is to understand and establish the underpinning scientific knowledge of the processing-structure-properties relationship of different classes of materials. Changing the manufacturing method we can obtain different structures in the same material and, therefore, tailor its properties.
This interdisciplinary research group aims to develop new advanced materials as well as optimise their processing route via integrated research to promote the reliable and efficient manufacturing of sustainable structural and functional engineering materials. We investigate the use of natural resources, industrial waste and by-products, and pioneer manufacturing techniques to create more environmentally friendly and renewable materials. Find out more
Key research projects in this area:
- NZ Titanium Powder Metallurgy Research and Development Collaboration
- Resin formulation and manufacturing processes of biopolymers resins
- Novel protein foams
- Collagen extraction from bull hides
- New distinctive material systems and manufacturing processes for lightweight products
- Assess potential of developing technology and creating a new material from recycled polyethylene and basalt composite
- Next Generation Additive Manufacturing - National Science Challenge SFTI
- Towards bone regeneration by developing electroactive hybrid materials
- Understanding the factors affecting the formation of a high quality interface between copper and diamond
- Titanium matrix composite reinforced with silicon nitride nanofibre
Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM)
The Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM) was formed to build up unique and world-class expertise in developing novel processes for producing advanced materials and near net shape components and in developing high performance structural and functional materials.