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Specialist Laboratories and Facilities

Find out more about the specialist laboratories, facilities and equipment you can access in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Whether your subject matter is mathematics, astrophysics, communications or renewable energy, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to measure, explore, experiment and model developments that are changing the way we all live our lives.

“My favourite place on campus is the NUSTEM open-access space. It has great resources for individual work at workstations, and informal breakout areas with whiteboard tables for collaborative work which have been extremely useful this year.” Steven Armstrong, BSc (Hons) Physics

Optical Communications Lab

In this laboratory you will use a variety of high quality, industry-standard equipment, such as lasers and optical fibre to perform experiments. Extensively linked to our research in photonics you will experiment with Visible Light Communications a state of the art area in research. With optical communications growing ever more rapidly, this is your chance to get hands-on and understand how this important technology works and explore its many uses.

Smart Materials and Surfaces Lab

This bespoke laboratory is designed for both research and teaching. The combination of undergraduate and postgraduate research project provides a broad spectrum of research in interactions occurring at the interface between materials such as liquids, solids and gases. Research within the lab spans many areas from super-water repellent surfaces to creasing surfaces and microfluidics.

Electrical and Electronics Lab

A core laboratory for our electrical and electronic engineering students, you’ll gain practical experience of using an oscilloscope, signal generators and the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to measure and control signal voltages.

Undergraduate Physics Lab

This core Physics teaching lab contains a variety of equipment to measure and experiment on invisible forces and physical phenomena. It houses a MUON detector, Leybold x ray machine, mini anechoic chamber, dark room and Doppler effect equipment, allowing you to carry out a wide variety of physics investigations.

Physics Projects Lab

You will use these laboratories when carrying our research for your dissertation projects or PhD work. They house a wide range of equipment for measuring and testing, including soldering irons, oscilloscopes, basic electronics equipment, programmable robots, a signal generator, renewable energy equipment, solar panels, National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) and Labview software.

Rapid Prototyping Room

Bring your design projects to life in our specialist Rapid Prototyping room. Housing over £250,000 worth of equipment, including a variety of computer-controlled 3D printers and flatbed precision laser cutters, you will be able to make parts for your projects and create scale colour prototypes. Our specialist technicians have over 20 years’ expertise, meaning you are excellently supported.

Microwave Technology Lab

At the centre of some exciting research breakthroughs, this laboratory contains near-field and far-field antenna measuring systems and vector network analysers up to 40GHz. Using this technology you will be able to learn about antenna radiation pattern measurements, breast cancer detection, security screening for concealed weapons and plastic explosives, and other industrial imaging requirements.

New and Renewable Energy Lab

This laboratory houses the power and machines instrumentation along with a number of renewable energy activities from Wind energy conversion to Solar simulators for Photovoltaic panel testing. This lab is closely connected to our research work looking into Power networks, Wind energy, Photovoltaics and Electric vehicle battery testing.

The Space

The Space is an open plan area with individual computer work stations, soft seating and a meeting room to enable individual working and group discussions. Based on the third floor of Ellison Building E-Block, it is ideally located near Physics and Electrical Engineering teaching laboratories and our Think Physics, Think Engineering Outreach laboratory.

Mathematical Modelling Lab

This specialist laboratory is available to PhD students when carrying out mathematical modelling research. Hosting ten PCs and six powerful high-performance servers, the machines have specialised software for high-level numerical computation, such as the full MATLAB suite, Mathematica, MAPLE and IDL.

The Zone

The Zone is a recently opened 24/7 light and airy open plan area popular with students undertaking group work or individual study. Based in the entrance from Northumberland Road to Ellison Building, it provides individual and group computer work stations with large screens to help students tackle their own work and group assignments comfortably.


Further Self Study Areas for all University students

The Hub

The Hub is a working space with computer stations and large round tables to facilitate individual working and group work. Based on the second floor of Ellison Building B-block, it is ideally located for breaks in lectures and seminars.

Wynne Jones Student Areas

Wynne Jones Student Areas have a number of areas available including Project Space - a purpose built space that is used to exhibit student work at degree show time. It is also home to computer stations for individual study and there is room for group discussions.


Mathematics, Physics & Electrical Engineering Courses

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