Expertise at Edinburgh


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

High Performance Computing (HPC)

Based at the University of Edinburgh, EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) is the UK’s only supercomputing centre with a global reputation. Since its inception in 1990, EPCC has gained an enviable reputation for leading edge capability in all aspects of HPC, Big Data and novel computing.

EPCC is built on three key foundations: the hosting, provision and management of high performance computing and data facilities for British and European academia and business; research and consultancy to support the computing activities of those organisations; and the creation of novel and high performance software solutions for industry and commerce.

With HPC, tasks that take months on a standard desktop computer can be accomplished in hours or even minutes. Using parallel processing to deliver unprecedented computing capability, HPC unlocks new frontiers of problem solving, prediction and data analysis.

Computer Modelling and Simulations

The University of Edinburgh hosts several strong simulation groups active in a wide range of fields and with particular strengths in method development.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Modelling chemical reactions
  • Simulating (bio-)polymers
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Modelling dense suspensions
  • Density functional theory

Machine Learning

The University of Edinburgh is home to the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (ANC) that fosters the study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems. The Institute encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative work bringing together the traditional disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, mathematics and statistics.