Our work takes place across three institutes that have achieved international recognition for research excellence. Key fields of research include photonics, low carbon energy sources, renewable bioproducts, and innovative technologies that will enhance urban life all over the world.

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The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) focuses on overcoming the engineering and logistical challenges of realising a net-zero future

The world-leading research performed here is backed by cutting-edge facilities and expertise that will maximise the environmental and economic benefits of new low-carbon energy sources. These fuels will play a key role in the country, helping to meet ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.

In addition to environmental impact, EBRI boasts a successful track record of attracting inward investment from around the world, helping to generate value in vital sectors such as services and manufacturing.

The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) is one of the world’s leading photonics research centres

Home to a vibrant team of academics from all over the world, AIPT collaborates with an international network of academic and industrial partners to tackle some of the most challenging scientific problems in the world of photonics. The institute’s long track record of scientific achievements ranges from creating bio-sensing equipment for healthcare to designing the new high-speed optical communications technologies that will power the internet and the digital economy.

Outward-facing and publicly engaged, the institute is active in outreach activities across the Midlands and aims to bring the benefits of photonics research to the real world and broader society.

The Aston Institute of Urban Technology and the Environment (ASTUTE) is tackling urgent issues emerging around the future of city living

With 68% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, ASTUTE is drawing on research in data analytics, robotics, logistics, artificial intelligence, mathematics and communications to develop sustainable solutions to the complex, long-term challenges of urban life. 

Our specialists include engineers working to integrate technology with healthcare, scientists creating smart materials to empower green manufacturing and technologists applying our research to global challenges. Together, researchers from across the college are working in unison to harness research excellence across engineering and the physical sciences in a systematic way that allows everyone to benefit from the power of new ideas.

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