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.
MERI’s research and consultancy activities are supported by a large advanced equipment base ranging from the latest electron microscopes to high performance computing hardware.
MERI’s research covers a broad range of topics from semiconductors to concrete and from theoretical modelling to industrial applied coatings.
MERI’s 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.
Commercial Services (Consultancy)
MERI recognise the timescales and budgets under which industry operates and have set up commercial services to respond appropriately. We are recognised in the region as a Centre for Industrial Collaboration (CIC) which allows us to respond in the appropriate manner to industrial needs.
MERI’s commercial service utilises experienced academic staff, our advanced equipment base and experience of industry. Branded as MARS (Materials Analysis Research Services) we offer a range of services including advanced analytical testing of materials, failure analysis and new product development. We work with over 200 companies, from SMEs to large international companies with a range of budgets. We have carried out 1000's of jobs for companies ensuring that the answers we provide are complete, relevant and on time.