Research impact

Research at Manchester is about more than citations in academic papers. Our aim is to apply our expertise in order to find solutions to the great challenges society faces.  We strive to shape the international agenda in collaboration with our partners in industry, government and academia.

Discover the impact our research has in the real world by reading the features for each of our Department's below.

Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science


Carbon calculations over the life cycle of industrial activities.


Multisensor Systems

Multisensor Systems' E-Nose ‘smells’ fuel in water.

Department of Chemistry


Safer, cheaper fluorination – a boon for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Diffusion ordered spectroscopy

Industry embraces new technique for rapid chemical composition analysis.

Department of Computer Science

Transitive technology

The Rosetta Stone for binary translation.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality software accurately alters film scenes.

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Rift basins

New predictive models for oil reservoirs.


Environmental monitoring spin-out develops new instruments.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Novel imaging

Novel imaging and sensing systems earn £300 million in UK exports.


GPS protects

GPS protects power networks against failure.

Department of Materials


Design a jet engine

Award-winning outreach inspires young people.

Laser peening

Laser peening extends the lifetime of Rolls-Royce fan blades.

Department of Mathematics


Advanced statistics

Advanced statistics improves brake pad manufacturing quality.

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering


New life for Oldbury

Life extension for UK nuclear reactors.


Carbon clash

Manchester scenarios put airline emissions in the policy frame.

Department of Physics


Jodrell Bank

Public engagement programme brings £27 million to local economy.



First ‘wonder material’ products hit the market.

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