Expertise at Edinburgh

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

Data and intelligent systems

  • Advanced robotics
  • AI and machine learning
  • Big data
  • Computational modelling and simulation
  • Digital twinning
  • High-performance computing
  • Internet of Things
  • 3D and 4D printing


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

Materials and processes

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


  • Biocomposites
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial ecology (material efficiency, criticality, scenarios, recycling, substitution)
  • Recycled polymers
  • Waste management