Manufacturing Expertise at Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is home to a wide range of expertise supporting companies to innovate in manufacturing.

AIMday Manufacturing for the Future is an event at which companies can meet interdisciplinary teams of researchers with practical experience across many manufacturing sectors, providing the opportunity to explore and address the specific challenges each company faces, often with novel and innovative outcomes.

Synthetic biology

Synthetic biology uses engineering principles to design, build and test biological systems in order to generate new and useful attributes. The University is a leader in synthetic and systems biology, and has actively brought together world-class capabilities in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, informatics, mathematics, physics and social sciences to address the key challenges in this exciting area of technology.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Healthcare
  • Food security
  • Bio production
  • Novel materials e.g. biomaterials
  • Feed stocks for high-value chemicals manufacture
  • Greener sources of energy e.g. biofuels
  • Novel bioremediation strategies
  • Computational modelling
  • Robust methods for automated assembly of DNA molecules
  • Biosensors

Big data and intelligent systems

The University of Edinburgh has a wide range of expertise in:

  • Big data
  • Computational modelling and simulation
  • Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence


Scientists in the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP) specialise in understanding interactions between components in soft materials and complex fluids and how they influence product performance and manufacturing challenges. By applying the principles of soft matter physics to formulations, ECFP is able to help companies understand their formulations and guide them towards solutions to the challenges they face. A more complete understanding of the generic principles underlying formulation behaviour can lead to innovation, e.g. through new process methods or reduction in the number of ingredients.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Formulation science
  • Life and complex fluids
  • Advanced materials
  • Instrument development
  • Computer simulation


The University of Edinburgh is at the cutting edge of developing new materials that improve our world from green alternatives to existing materials, to high value materials that provide novel properties.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Materials design and characterisation
  • Multi-scale modelling from atoms to processes
  • Composite materials manufacture and processing
  • Fire testing of materials and structures
  • Dynamic, impact and ballistic performance of advanced materials
  • Mechanical testing from fibres to large structures