School of Physics and Astronomy

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Our research strategy is built upon internationally leading activity

It covers the extremes of physics, from the very largest to the smallest possible scales.

We are interested in how gas and dust become stars and planets, spin and other properties of condensed matter, novel materials, complex fluids, properties of polymers and biological molecules, nanoparticles and the theory and practice of quantum physics on all scales down to those of the smallest particles.

Our research activity covers the following main areas;

  • Star and planetary system formation
  • Spintronics in condensed matter
  • Experimental biophysics and bio-nanoscience
  • Dynamics of polymers and complex fluids
  • Quantum information theory and its applications


In addition we are applying our collective expertise to the development of sustainable energy harvesting and storage, and towards translation into healthcare and medicine.

Research focus

Better batteries
Lithium gel batteries offer and better and safer way to power consumer electronics. A new process developed at Leeds by Prof. Ian Ward and his team offers a new form of thin flexible battery, made of a polymer gel that simplifies battery structure and makes it easier – and cheaper – to manufacture.

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Our research, with wider economic impact, includes the development of functionalised nano-materials for use in photo-voltaics and in the catalysis of methanol oxidation, the micro-bubble delivery of medication to cancerous tissue and quantum sensing applications for medical imaging.

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