HomeResearchResearch Themes Research themes Advanced materials science covers a huge spectrum of activity. Our research focusses on the following themes. Protection Coatings in the oil and gas industries are crucial in addressing a number of challenges. Read more. Surface interactions Surface interactions explores the potential of novel functional materials in a range of oil industry applications. Read more. Separations Separation research will give us better methods for designing membranes for specific energy industry applications. Read more. Structural materials and metallurgy Structures need to withstand extreme environments, typically over many decades. Read more. Underpinning tools Imaging techniques developed at ICAM allow us to more rapidly image processes. Read more.