Research topics

There is a broad range of potential research topics in the IfM ranging from policy, strategy and management through to the science and technology manufacturing.

Student research can either build upon work in existing areas, or can develop along new avenues.  Early discussions with prospective supervisors at the IfM are encouraged - please make contact with a supervisor in your area of interest by email including a short summary of your research interests and your CV.

The centres and supervisors currently are focussed around the following clusters:


Carbon nanotubes, Graphene, Nanomanufacturing, Nanotechnology

  • Dr Michaël De Volder 

Distributed information and automation

  • Professor Duncan McFarlane, Dr Ajith Parlikad, Alexandra Brintrup

Engineering design and design management

  • Dr James Moultrie

Global supply networks and international manufacturing

  • Dr Jag Srai, Dr Yongjiang Shi

Industrial photonics

  • Professor Bill O'Neill, Dr Martin Sparkes

Industrial sustainability

  • Dr Claire Barlow, Dr Steve Evans

Inkjet science and technology

  • Dr Ronan Daly

Manufacturing and industry education

  • Professor Tim Minshall  

Production processes

  • Dr Claire Barlow, Dr Ronan Daly, Dr Michael De Volder, Prof Bill O'Neill 

Science technology and innovation policy

  • Dr Eoin O'Sullivan 

Service, service innovation, business models, strategy, performance

  • Professor Andy Neely, Dr Mark Khater, Dr Florian Urmetzer, Dr Chander Velu, Dr Letizia Mortara, Dr. Veronica Martinez

Strategic technology management

  • Dr Rob Phaal, Dr Frank Tietze, Dr Letizia Mortara

Technology enterprise

  • Professor Tim Minshall, Dr Letizia Mortara


  • Professor Bill O'Neill,  Dr Martin Sparkes

Industrial Resilience

  • Dr Mukesh Kumar

Business Model Innovation

  • Dr Chander Velu

Additive Materials and Machines

  • Dr Sebastian Pattinson




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