The Faculty enjoys state of the art research facilities including world leading analytical facilities and a comprehensive suite of biosciences laboratories. Many of these facilities are made available commercially to our industrial partners.
Laboratory facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are available to support research into environmental noise, acoustical measurement techniques and musical acoustics.
A range of general laboratories, biomedical laboratories and specialist facilities such as electron microscopy.
The Electron Microscope Suite contains equipment for electron microscopy analysis on biological, material, rock or metal samples.
A wide range of interventions are available including consultancy, training and custom designed action research in areas such as: Sustainable development, Technology Management, Waste Management and Systems thinking and practice.
Facilities that support research and investigation into areas such as biodiversity, biogeochemistry, ecology, palaeoenvironmental change, geochemistry, oceanography, palaeontology, sedimentology, tectonics, noble gas mass spectrometry and volcanology
Many projects across the Faculty require High-Performance Computing (HPC) services. These services are provided through a dedicated High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) of specialised server machines. The system was extended to offer some 500 cores in early 2012.
The Ambient Technology Lab space is housed in the purpose-built Jennie Lee Building (JLB). The Research Labs allow us to study how learners interact with the latest educational media and technologies, both in the lab and at remote locations.
The technical facilities of the Materials Engineering Group include Mechanical testing, Instrumented Indentation, Optical Microscopy, Creep testing and Residual Stress Measurement. A comprehensive materials characterisation service is now provided by StessMap.
Analytical laboratory facilities and facilities to simulate a range of environments.
Our Rapid Prototyping techniques include expertise in: Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), 3D scanning and Laser cutting.
IWS is a leading UK centre for environmental monitoring of waste and waste processing. The group offers specialist expertise and first class laboratory services in the fields of biodegradability testing of materials, characterisation of organic wastes and compost/digestate as well as assessment of environmental impact of gaseous, bioaerosol, particulate and liquid emissions from waste and waste processing.
In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.
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